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Original Poetry: The Joy of NaNoWriMo

Hello wordsmiths, Wrimos, storytellers and writing gurus,
Today I have a poem I wrote to get you geared up for NaNoWriMo, which starts in fifteen days! Enjoy my tribute to this exciting challenge for novice and expert writers alike. Happy plotting, pantsing, plantsing and writing.

November has been set aside
for national novel writing.
Writers from around the world
Find this month exciting.

Novices and experts
Race against the clock
Words are counted every day
As time goes by, tick-tock

Will you get your 50k
Or will you fall behind
Writing your first draft
As November unwinds.

If you don’t reach the monthly goal,
Don’t worry, you’re still a winner
To celebrate your daily word count
Why not go out with friends for dinner!

Come join your fellow WriMos
A story you must tell,
Write something new, revise something old
Break the rules and rebel!.

The pressure’s on, the steaks are high
To get those precious words penned down
You’re not alone in your writing stride,
For writers hale from far and near,
You may find some in your own home town.

Will you come along with me,
My beloved writing friend
And join this challenge in November?
The furious writing doesn’t end
Until the first day of December.

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Writing Challenge with Kristi Bridges

Kristi Bridges returns to share her inspiration for, and the story behind, our special writing exercise. Continue reading to find out more.

I’m proud to announce the following special episode for your listening and viewing pleasure.
Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.
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Kristi Bridges
Tuesday August 6, 2019



Kristi Bridges is a songwriter, author, writing coach, podcaster, corporate trainer and the host of the 1 Moment Wiser daily devotional on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. It’s her mission to help people live wisely, avoid regret and connect with their Creator. God uses a variety of voices to reach us, so she created the Share Your Wisdom Wisely Devotional Book Writing Experience to help others launch their own books, and this fall she’ll begin giving live workshops on devotional and memoir writing with fellow author Sarah Soon. Last year, she guided 11 remarkable people in writing their stories for her latest devotional, Option Ocean – Navigating the Sea of Possibility.

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Book Description:

“You can be anything!” they say. In a sea of possibilities, which way do you go? Option Ocean – Navigating the Sea of Possibility is a devotional book for those who are drifting, unsatisfied. Through 31 days of scripture-based discussion and personal exercises, you’ll examine your gifts and the situations which motivate you. You’ll hear the stories of 12 remarkable people, including an award-winning bodybuilder, an artist who doesn’t need a day job, and a podcaster who moved across the world for love, years after a map pin foretold it. They demonstrate that even the worst experiences don’t wreck God’s plans for you. In 31 days, you’ll be navigating with your Creator’s clear direction for your best possible life.

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Day 9 – Your Real Name
Revelations 2 NLT
17 “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches. To everyone who is victorious I will give some of the manna that has been hidden away in heaven. And I will give to each one a white stone, and on the stone will be engraved a new name that no one understands except the one who receives it.
I’m six years old, sitting in a dark hallway with my classmates, trying to stay quiet like the teacher said, but how does a six-year-old stay quiet? I have so much to say! I’m wearing my yellow dress. The boy across the street (who always shoots me down when we pretend we’re in Star Wars) says it makes me look like a butterfly. Apparently, yellow butterflies get defective force fields, but wait! Ssh! We’re moving! Single-file, we cross the stage, and now it’s okay to speak. I speak to the clock in the back of the cafeteria, just like the teacher said. Then we all sing a song, as loud as we can, and it’s the best feeling I’ve felt in all 1,971 days of my life. The part of me I was meant to be is ALIVE!
From that day on, I sing Dorothy’s song while on my swing set every afternoon. I’m a bluebird wanting to fly. Who needs a wizard? I only want a Hollywood agent to discover me, as he wanders through the woods in Beulah behind my house, because I think that’s where agents go to scout new talent.
At six, I decided I’d run off to Hollywood the moment I graduated. Most kids change dreams periodically, but for me, it wasn’t just a career choice. I claimed “actress” as my identity. This was useful, even though I didn’t get any more speaking roles for several years. I went to eight schools, and being dramatic gave me confidence and the determination to rise above rejection.
I needed that determination. In sixth grade, a classmate called me names from the other end of the lunch table every day for two weeks. I returned the favor but finally broke and ran to the bathroom crying.
On my thirteenth birthday, I was dressed like Madonna, washing dishes to prepare for my party. My then-stepfather sat at the kitchen table in his usual dark mood, calling me similar names. I’d have traded my fingerless gloves for boxing gloves in an instant. Finally, I lost my temper and mouthed off. He canceled my slumber party.
In the next few years, I got a few roles. My characters were the over-the-top type who died in the first act. Off-stage, I sought a twisted kind of respect by living up to the names I’d been called.
When people label us, we might fight back at first, and then find ourselves defiantly living up to their labels. We can’t stop their insults, so we act like they’re not so bad. We wear hateful names as badges of honor. It’s a survival technique, but God has a better way.
Our Creator is the only One who was with us before we were born and will be with us every place we go. We’ll leave the snobs, the users, the bullies behind and keep moving forward in the plans He has for us. He will uncover our true identities, like layers of one Christmas gift wrapped around another, until at last we pull out a white identity stone which truly describes us.
Sound good? What can we do?
No matter how you feel about yourself and even if you’ve repeated some mistakes, read God’s thoughts about you. When Jeremiah 31 was written, He was speaking to Israel, but the Lord gives His heart to every person who loves Him. He’s speaking to you through His word today.
Jeremiah 31 NLT
3Long ago the Lord said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself. 4I will rebuild you, my virgin Israel. You will again be happy and dance merrily with your tambourines. 5Again you will plant your vineyards on the mountains of Samaria and eat from your own gardens there.”
God loves you faithfully and wants to restore your innocence so you’ll be lighthearted and dancing. He sees you doing something profitable and enjoying the results of your labor.
Pause for a moment and SEE what God sees. Absorb it. God’s word is reality.
Now, take a look at these verses. Can you see some of these qualities inside yourself? Can you see some you’d like to strengthen?
Colossians 3:12 NLT
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
1 Corinthians 9 NLT
25All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 26So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing.
Proverbs 22:1 ESV
A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.
Lord, You’ve heard the things people have said about me and seen how I’ve acted unlike the me You created. You know how it feels. People lie about You, too. Thank You for being right here, breathing love and truth and hope into my life. I will contemplate Your vision every day. I will revel in innocence and enjoy the results of the work You give me.
What do you think your identity stone will say? Write a few sentences describing your talents, special quirks, and godly characteristics.
Be the person who sincerely points out the good in people. Pray before speaking and don’t be overwhelming or gushy, but be the voice which reminds them of their true selves, created by God.

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As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com or fill out the form found at:
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Writing prompt: Bleed Ink

Hello everyone,

Tonight I have a challenge for you. Before I give you the writing prompt, let me explain how I became inspired to publish a post like this.


I was listening to The Jen Lowry Writes podcast last night, and Dr. Jennifer Ikner Lowry gave us listeners the following challenge: She said that she was talking to her students about her love of The Hobbit, when one of her students told her that she must bleed ink. Pardon the paraphrase, Jen. That compliment prompted her to challenge us to write a poem, short story, blog post or whatever strikes our fancy on the topic of bleeding ink.


On the heels of this challenge, I’d like to pose a few questions for you to consider. Do we writers mentally bleed ink? What if we physically bled ink instead of blood? Would our wounds turn into words on the page, or do our mental wounds do that on a daily or every other day or so basis?


My answers to these questions are as follows:

prompt photo

If we physically bled ink, I don’t think writing would be any easier for us. If we bled ink, we’d have ink stains instead of words wherever we bled. However, I do believe that as writers, some of us mentally bleed ink, because there are those writers who use pen and paper to write down their thoughts, while there are those of us who mentally bleed words onto a computer screen as ideas form into our heads. On the other hand, the printers that writers and/or publishers use to transfer the written words from the computer or mobile device onto the physical page, are the tools that actually bleed the ink.


Now, it’s your turn to take on this writing prompt. You can either answer my questions on your own blog or in the comments below, or you can take the words “bleeding ink” and turn them into a poem, essay or story of your own and share your creative piece on your blog. No matter what challenge you choose to undertake, please share your response in the comments, or leave a pingback to this post in your original blog post.


Until next time, I hope you have a lot of fun with this prompt. Happy writing and God bless you.


A Writing Challenge

The reason behind the challenge

Hello fellow bloggers, writers, and readers, I want to do something out of the ordinary. I found this writing prompt when I was looking for inspiration for a short story several years ago. I don’t remember the website, but for this challenge, I’m going to get a little creative, so just note that the inspiration for this challenge was someone else’s, but the idea for this challenge is my own.

The challenge

Write a short story, essay, or poem using the words “your mother/my mother,” etc. It could be a story centered around Mother’s day, an essay about a fond memory you have of your mother, or it could be about someone else’s mother, the choice is yours. Here’s the fun part: see what you can come up with in fifteen minutes. If you plan on taking on the challenge and writing it in a blog post, use the tag writing challenge so I can see what you come up with. You can also write your piece in the comments below. However, If you view this on tumblr, use the tag #writing challenge, if you want to use this writing challenge for inspiration. Happy writing, and God bless.


A writing challenge

Hello everyone,

One of my twitter followers prsented a writing challenge on her blog, and I was inspired to pass it on to you. Using the words Crash, Baboom, and snow, please come up with a brief bit of free writing. You don’t have to worry about grammmar spelling, and punctuation, just write for ten minutes using these three words. I’ll start  us off.

The wind blows as snow swirles around a small two-room cabin in the woods. A young woman stands at the kitchen window waching the snow fly, when she hears a crash coming from somewhere off in the distance. “What was that?” she asks herself as she bundlrs up into her warmest clothing to step outside into the wind and snow. As she steps outside, a tree falls on top of her little cabin with a baboom!

I know that I haven’t written for exactly ten minutes, but you get the idea. Now it’s your turn. You have ten minutes. Ready? Set? Go!