May Speculative Fiction #Writingprompt

Pixabay image by Brigitte Werner

For visually challenged writers, this is an image of a man who is part human and part machine. Behind him are gears and wires as well as a hint of fire or electricity.

Yay! It’s that time again, finally. Thank you to everyone who responded to March’s prompt (we skipped April due to my travels). Now, we’re heading in a new direction once again!

Above is May’s image. If interested, you have until May 23rd to submit a response. Happy Writing!

Note: WP seems to be sketchy with pingbacks lately. Please take a moment to add your link to the comments below. Then I’ll be sure to get it. Thanks!

Here’s how it works:

On the first of every month, I’ll post a speculative fiction prompt from Pixabay. These images are attribution free so you can use them on your blog without worrying about copyright restrictions.

Throughout the month, in order of receipt, I’ll reblog as many of your prompt-inspired creations as I can. And on the last day of each month, I’ll share a complete round-up of ALL contributions with links to the original posts. Visiting the blogs of participants is a great way to meet other speculative fiction writers.

Post your response on your own blog and link back to this original post (not to WP Reader) with a pingback, so I can reblog your post as well as include you in the month-end round-up. If you’re unsure of how to create a pingback, Hugh has an excellent tutorial here. If you prefer, you can copy and paste your link into the comments of this post.

There are no word limits or style restrictions, but please keep it somewhat family friendly.

Above all, have fun.

188 thoughts on “May Speculative Fiction #Writingprompt

  1. […] story is in response to the May #Writeprompt over at Myths Of The Mirror… I wasn’t going to partake this month (as my muse has deserted me), however, I got a […]

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  2. […] May, finally, and lovely Diana at “Myths of the Mirror” has launched a new Speculative Fiction Prompt – #writingprompt – and this is my […]

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  3. […] Obviously I got a bit carried away the other day, when I wrote “Being another you”. Andrew Millbourne keeps on knocking on my mind, and wants his story to be told. So here is the continuing – or rather the “Pre-story”. And of course it’s still inspired by Diana’s Speculative Fiction Prompt at “The Myths of the Mirror” […]

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  4. […] to the May Speculative Fiction prompt hosted by D. Wallace Peach at Myths of the Mirror. Click here to join hundreds of other writers who have taken up the […]

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  5. […] spinning the wheels of time with yarn from the lion’s mane for D. Wallace Peach-Myths of the Mirror, May Speculative Fiction […]

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  6. […] the monthly writing prompt that Diana Wallace Peach provided, this is my inspired prose and poetry based from this […]

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  7. Hi Diana: Here is my contribution to your wonderful prompt. Thanks as always for stirring my imagination.

    https://lensdiary.blog/2019/05/07/body-sculpture/

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  8. […] has a great picture for this month’s prompt! I have already seen some pretty fab […]

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  9. ghostmmnc says:

    Interesting photo this month!
    Here’s my entry:
    https://wp.me/p3RE1e-7xW

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  11. cepcarol says:

    Hi Diana. Here is the link to my story for May’s Speculative Fiction. https://cepcarol.wordpress.com/2019/05/07/what-i-thought-was-perfection/
    I did a poem too. Are we allowed two?☺

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  12. Hi Diana, I’m glad you’re back from taking care of your parents and the writing prompt is back. Here’s my take inspired by my husband’s activity last Saturday night. He took boxing lessons. He went to see his instructor’s fight last Saturday. His instructor lost by a fraction. 😦

    https://theshowersofblessings.com/2019/05/06/may-speculative-fiction-one-hundred-million-dollar-man/

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  13. If ever there was a time I wish my muse hadn’t deserted me 😏

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  14. jomz says:

    I guess it is sort of good for me that there was no April prompt! Hahaha… I’m not that far behind with the prompts.

    I managed to make one for this month. Hopefully, the pingback worked. 😀

    Have a nice day.

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  15. Strange how a mind works, Diana – at first sight I thought this prompt not for me then I looked beyond the figure to the background cogs and gears and saw possibilities … I’ll let them turn a while methinks.

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  16. Hi Diana, here is the link to my story: https://robertawrites235681907.wordpress.com/2019/05/05/writingprompt-may-speculative-fiction-with-diana-peach/. I have managed to work it in to my prompt inspired sci-fi story. It is amazing how these prompts are giving me ideas.

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  17. […] from D. Wallace Peach’s “Monthly Speculative Fiction Writing Prompt.” Please hop over to her blog to read more and get […]

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  18. What an interesting image 🙂 Can’t wait to read the responses! (I’ll be sitting out this month for my own sanity: too busy with kitten and deadlines!)

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  19. trentpmcd says:

    Another interesting photo that you have found. I don’t read steampunk, so just winged it. I also don’t know how to write shorter stories for your prompts 😉 At least this is shorter than 15K words… I hope you enjoy: https://trentsworldblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/03/a-whir-in-my-ears/

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  20. Oh my gosh, you’re always pulling me/us in directions that are perhaps a bit scary. STEAMPUNK? Ack, whatever is that? Well, I’m off to read some of the story responses to find out! 😉

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  21. Sarah says:

    I love Steampunk!!! And this is a fabulous promptphoto! Ever since the Borg I have a soft spot for half human half machine characters. 😉 Look forward to the stories!

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  22. Teri Polen says:

    I’ll say it again – you find the best images, Diana.

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  23. Almost Iowa says:

    Ooooooh, this looks fun!

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  24. Anonymous says:

    Another amazing prompt! 😀
    Here’s my take on it:
    https://thedarknetizen.wordpress.com/2019/05/02/the-future-man/

    Happy reading! 🙂

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  26. mylilplace says:

    Whoa!!! Great image pick, Diana. I can’t wait to read all the responses. This will be an exciting month…Are you ready, Diana? I think you’ll get even more responses than March. Lol….Hang on tight to your keyboard! 🙂

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    • I’m really curious to read the responses too, Maia. I expect lots of variety which is such fun. More responses than March??!! I’ll need to clone myself. Ha ha. Thanks for the visit and I hope you’re inspired. 🙂

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      • mylilplace says:

        Hahaha…I hope to be able to write something soon. These two week have been unbearably hectic on my end and I miss the solitude of writing…I hope you are well and yes, I cannot wait to read all the responses.

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  27. This should be good! Welcome back, Diana. I think all of my comments are going into your spam. 😦

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  28. Thêa says:

    Reblogged this on Thêa by Me and commented:
    Finally May, and a new Challenge. 😀

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  29. What an awesome prompt Diana. If it were a woman I have just the poem. I think I’m a bit burned out, pulling up some oldies. ❤

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  30. Thêa says:

    I came to think of the Cybermen in Dr Who. But this one is for sure the most modern of modern Cyberman, and certainly more good-looking.
    Will be interesting what will be created with this image as inspiration!
    Thank you, Diana! Really an intriguing choice. 👍😃🤓

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  31. Well it got my gears going. 🙂

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  32. Ooooh, this is so interesting! Can’t wait to write!! ❤

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  33. cosistories says:

    This was the first story idea that came to my mind when I saw the image. It kind of surprised me, but I decided to go with it to see where it would go. 🙂

    https://cosistories.wordpress.com/2019/05/01/different/

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  34. […] at Mythos of the Mirror has a new picture prompt for this month. This is my take on […]

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  35. Jina Bazzar says:

    Thanks for the additional explanation of the image, Diana. Can’t wait to see what people will make of this one.

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  36. He’s not wearing ‘Ellen’ boxers! 🙂

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  37. Ooooh [squeal of delight], I can work this into my new Sci-fi thoughts. Great choice, Diana.

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  38. Wow, this will be an interesting month!

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  39. Hi Diana. Flashes of various sci-fi movies came to mind, so I hope this is OK!
    https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2019/05/01/may-speculative-fiction-writing-prompt/

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  40. What a marvelous image, Diana. I wish I were working on my next story for Cornelis, because I’m sure this would lead me to something.
    I’ll let this lovely settle in my mind and maybe I’ll come up with a vignette just for it.
    I hope life has settled down comfortably for you and that you’re getting some kind of break. Because you’ve been so very busy. Great big hug!

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    • I found you in spam with the rest of my friends, Teagan. Sorry about that. No pressure to write something, but of course your vignettes are always welcome. ❤ I'm driving up to Washington tomorrow to help my mom erect a cat-pen. Hmm. I think it's going to be routine visit as the folks are still settling in up there. I hope you're unpacked and happy in YOUR new home!

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  41. I’ve read many of these stories in the past and really enjoy the creativity.

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  42. Annika Perry says:

    Heck of an image, Diana! 😀 I can’t wait to see the creativity this unleashes … it will be a great month for stories/poems etc!

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    • Thanks so much, Annika. (You’ve been rescued from spam!) I’m looking forward to the stories too. Should be loads of fun. 🙂 Feel free to put on your steampunk hat! I know you have one somewhere. Ha ha.

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      • Annika Perry says:

        Now steampunk would be a change of pace for me! 😀 It is one of the few genres I’ve never read and had to look up the term for clarity today. Goodreads puts it well: “What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner.” That tickles the imagination! Ps. Thanks for the rescue! 😀

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  43. Interesting photo prompt Diana. He looks like a male model doing an ad for underwear in a cybercrime story. 🙂

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