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A new creative writing prompt/exercise for you, the first of what I hope will be 26 weekly offerings from me, starting on what is Australia Day, a day off for everyone down under:  “… the day to reflect on what it means to be Australian, to celebrate contemporary Australia and to acknowledge our history…” Well, there’s a big Aboriginal chasm to fall into, should you be inclined. No? Then read on.


That’s the word to kickstart your newest piece of creative writing today. It is where the word anonymous comes from. And I know it doesn’t have anything to do with apples, sorry!

Write 300 words of fiction (or creative non-fiction, if you like) about someone or something with no name. Why might they be living without their right name? But why no correct moniker, no identifying label? How easy is it for someone to stay anonymous?

There’s a writing link here – many authors choose to publish under a pen-name in an attempt at anonymity. It might because they are trying to break into a new genre, or because they’re proving some sort of literary point, who knows? Surely everyone who needs to know, knows Robert Galbraith is really JK Rowling and Richard Bachman is Stephen King?

Anyway, anonymity is your creative writing prompt today, so see where it takes you.

New here? Then, welcome! I’ve done this before, a series of creative writing prompts, just for the heck of it. This time, there’s a series of 26. It has something to do with the number of weeks before my next  birthday, and is conveniently the number of letters in the alphabet, although I may or may not follow that road. Find out more about it all here.

Please come back next week – there will be a new prompt every Wednesday at 5pm Dublin time.