So, after looking at this blog for a good half an hour this morning, trying to think of something to post, I gave up trying to think of something original and went browsing on the internet for 30 day challenges. I found a lot, some of which I was interested in, and one of which I’m actually going to save because I think it’s pretty awesome. But I did realise something – a lot of those challenges are for a very personal blog, facts about yourself, random things you think, describing places, hope/dreams/desires, blah blah blah.

Now, that’s all well and good, but I’ve done a bunch of that stuff before, in general posts and also in other 30 days challenges that I’ve done before. And since early this year, I’ve streamlined this blog so that it’s less of an online diary, and more about the three core things in my life: writing, dragons and gaming. So hopefully if you’re visiting my blog it’s for one of those three things, and the 30 day challenges I’ve come across aren’t really in that spirit (although if I find a 30 day photo challenge I like, I might do 30 days of dragon pictures!).

So I took a step back, and looked at why I was looking for challenges, and I realised: it’s because I like having a project. I like having something to return to day after day and work on, especially if it’s a small thing every day, or every week that I can come back and update.

???????????So in that spirit, I went and found another 100 Theme Challenge. If you’re a long time reader of my blog, then you will know that I did a 101 Theme Challenge across a number of years and posted all of them here. I really enjoyed that, and I think it really helped with my writing, so I’m going to do it again.

For those of you who’ve never heard of this before, it’s rather simple. You are given 100 (or 101 depending on the exact challenge you pick) words or phrases and then you have to write a short paragraph/extract around each theme. Simple enough. Some people will choose to do all the themes on a single story, but I tend to bounce around all the different stories I have in my head, since it allows me to discover character, settings, and little bits and pieces about the stories that I have yet to get to. I’ve got a notebook where I jot things down in, so even if I don’t get round to a particular story for years, at least I have some notes on it, and this helps develop those notes a little further.

So, my goal for this time round is to be a little more prompt and timely about this challenge. I’m going to aim to write at least two themes each week, and post them up here. I won’t specify days, but at least two each week, which should see me done in a year.

So, without further ado, here are the themes!

  1. Introduction
  2. Love
  3. Light
  4. Dark
  5. Seeking Solace
  6. Break Away
  7. Heaven
  8. Innocence
  9. Drive
  10. Breathe Again
  11. Memory
  12. Insanity
  13. Misfortune
  14. Smile
  15. Silence
  16. Questioning
  17. Blood
  18. Rainbow
  19. Gray
  20. Fortitude
  21. Vacation
  22. Mother Nature
  23. Cat
  24. No Time
  25. Trouble Lurking
  26. Tears
  27. Foreign
  28. Sorrow
  29. Happiness
  30. Under the Rain100themes
  31. Flowers
  32. Night
  33. Expections
  34. Stars
  35. Hold My Hand
  36. Precious Treasure
  37. Eyes
  38. Abandoned
  39. Dreams
  40. Rated
  41. Teamwork
  42. Standing Still
  43. Dying
  44. Two Roads
  45. Illusion
  46. Family
  47. Creation
  48. Childhood
  49. Stripes
  50. Breaking the Rules
  51. Sport
  52. Deep In Thought
  53. Keeping a Secret
  54. Tower
  55. Waiting
  56. Danger Ahead
  57. Sacrifice
  58. Kick in the Head
  59. No Way Out
  60. Rejection
  61. Fairy Tale
  62. Magic
  63. Do Not Disturb
  64. Multitasking
  65. Horror
  66. Traps
  67. Playing the Melody
  68. Hero
  69. Annoyance
  70. 67%
  71. Obsession
  72. Mischief Managed
  73. I Can’t
  74. Are You Challenging Me?
  75. Mirror
  76. Broken Pieces
  77. Test
  78. Drink
  79. Starvation
  80. Words
  81. Pen and Paper
  82. Can You Hear Me?
  83. Heal
  84. Out Cold
  85. Spiral
  86. Seeing Red
  87. Food
  88. Pain
  89. Through the Fire
  90. Triangle
  91. Drowning
  92. All That I Have
  93. Give Up
  94. Last Hope
  95. Advertisment
  96. In the Storm
  97. Safety First
  98. Puzzle
  99. Solitude
  100. Relaxation