Thursday photo prompt: Guarded #writephoto

Welcome to the new #writephoto prompt!

For five years, we did not miss a beat, and every week the stories, poems and artwork flew in to be shared here as part of the weekly photo prompt challenge.

That unbroken series of posts came to a halt when I fell seriously ill and felt that I could no longer commit to collating, reblogging and commenting on the very many posts that came in each week.

However, the prompt has been missed and many people have asked if we could start it again, but with a few small differences, in case I am not well enough to set up reblogs and round-up posts.

I can only say, well, okay, we started again last week so let’s see how it goes, for as long as we can πŸ™‚

Please visit last week’s prompt or the round-up post to read all the contributions.

Each week, on a Thursday morning, I will post a photograph from my archive along with a prompt word.

Use the image and prompt as inspiration to create a post on your own blog… poetry, prose, humour… light or dark, whatever you choose, as long as it is fairly family-friendly.

Please LINK BACK to this post, by leaving the URL of your post in the comments so that I know you have posted and so that others can find your work.

Please click their links to visit the blogs of other contributors and take time to read and comment on their work.

The prompt runs from Thursday to Tuesday each week, so please submit your link by midnight (GMT) the following Tuesday (2nd Feb).

Use the #writephoto hashtag in your title so your posts can be found across social media.

There is no word limit and no style requirements, except that your post must take inspiration from the image and/or the prompt word given in the title of this post.

Feel free to use #writephoto logo or include the prompt photo in your post if you wish, or you may replace it with one of your own to illustrate your work.

What’s different?

Not much…

Depending upon how I am feeling, I will still reblog some of the posts as they come in, though not as many as before.

I will also try to maintain a round-up post each week in which I will share a little bit about the previous week’s prompt, though this is the bit with which time and health may interfere, so please ensure you leave your link in the comments!

Regular contributors are also still welcome to come over as my guest and introduce themselves (click here for details).

Please note: As I do not share my political opinions on this blog, please do not use the challenge as a platform from which to share yours. Party political or racially offensive posts will not be reblogged and links will be deleted.

This week’s prompt ~ Guarded

For visually challenged writers, the image shows a pathway through the bracken of the moors towards a distant horizon crowned by a hill. The path is flanked by a huge rock…

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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114 Responses to Thursday photo prompt: Guarded #writephoto

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  2. Reblogged this on Pattys World and commented:
    I’m so excited to learn that this has returned.
    Sue, I admire you so much!

    Liked by 1 person

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  4. Hi Sue! Thanks for bringing back #Writephoto! After roughly six weeks of writer’s block this past Autumn, I’m finally hitting my stride again. I hope to share something soon.

    Regarding changes and demands, have you considered using Mister Linky as a way for contributors to share their posts? I use it with the #Haikai Challenge, and it makes displaying contributors’ posts effortless. Colleen Chesebro also began to use it for her Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge.

    Good to hear that you’re feeline well enough to at least give #Writephoto a chance.


    • Sue Vincent says:

      I did wonder about Mister Linky, but can’t seem to get my head around setting it up… chemo fog, probably, or I might need to be self-hosted, which is not going to happen now. It would make things so much easier!

      Liked by 1 person

      • I’m not self-hosted. I use the oldest of Mister Linky’s linksβ€”the one that does not require jet pack.

        I make a few clicks, copy the resulting code, and paste it in a HTML block when I type up my challenge.

        When it’s time to report, I click an option to export, copy the resulting code, and paste it in a separate HTML block on my same post.

        It works wonders!


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  7. Jules says:

    A trio Hexastitch for support.
    May we all be Cornerstones? for those who need us.

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  8. Hi Sue,
    thanks again for a picture prompt this week. Here’s my effort
    Take care.


  9. Beautiful photo, Sue. It’s interesting, but since your post on shadowing, I can’t NOT see it. Lol. I’m sure this one is going to bring a bunch of great responses too.


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  12. Goff James says:

    Hi, Sue. Here is my response to this weeks Thursday photo prompt – ‘guarded’.
    Have a great day everyone.


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  15. theindieshe says:

    Hi Sue,
    So grateful to you for starting writephoto again!
    And wishing you good health !
    My response is@


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  17. trentpmcd says:

    Hi Sue. I’m not sure where my head has been the last two weeks, but here is my story for this week: (You’ll see what I mean when you read it)


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  22. Annette Kalandros says:

    You have been in my thoughts and prayers. Glad you’ve brought this back.
    Here’s my go at it.


  23. And here is a #writephoto from Sue. πŸ™‚ That makes me smile. Intriguing photo, this one. Perhaps I’ll try my hand at it. It’s been a spell.

    Thinking of you. ❀


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  26. antoniazen says:

    Before I respond to the prompt I just wanted to reach out. I just wanted to say thank you for all the prompts and all your own writing over the years so far, it is a cliche to say it but you have been a candle. I can’t imagine what you’ve been going through, but please give only what you can. I’ve not been blogging for a long while until recently, and I do take breaks, due in part to serious health gubbins – but this isn’t about me and we’re bimbling on OK. My point is you have always been a very generous writer and blogger and are held in great affection by those of us who look forward to your posts, but you owe us nothing. You are enough, you have given and do give an enormous amount, and you are precious, so please keep your wellbeing at the top of your priority list. I pray you find enduring wellness and bright blessings.


    • Sue Vincent says:

      Thank you, Antonia. I do enjoy hosting the prompts and seeeing how much creativity there is out there πŸ™‚
      What has been a surprise is the care and affection people have shown… that has been an unexpected and very beautiful gift.

      Liked by 1 person

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  28. antoniazen says:

    Here’s my offering, with thanks as ever for the inspiration:


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  31. Helen Jones says:

    I’m so pleased you’re feeling able to do this again, Sue πŸ™‚ I did get a story this week…



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  34. noelleg44 says:

    Story coming…


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  36. Hello Sue, I hope your day is well. Here is my little item. Cheers


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  39. kittysverses says:

    Hi Sue,
    Thanks for running the challenge. Here’s my take :-
    Thank you all for stopping by and reading.


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  43. Took me a while to get to this, this week … but perhaps pacing is a thing to respect … πŸ˜‰


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  45. Noah Weiss says:

    Though I probably don’t have time for the prompt this week, I am glad to see that the prompt has returned, as I enjoyed participating. I was wondering why I stopped receiving #writephoto posts in my e-mail.

    I’m glad that you’re on the mend!


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