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Original Poetry: The Window to My Writing World

When you open my window
What will you see?
Pages and words
Dotted with bits of me.

Ideas that flow like raindrops
upon a fresh blank page
Words that will forever
Last from age to age.

These ideas I must write down,
For I mustn’t forget,
Each story has new characters
Whom I’ve never met.

They bring about plot twists and turns
Upon my mental movie screen,
It’s hard to know which scene comes first,
My characters play them out so well,
I have to write them in short bursts.

I mold, shape and revise each scene
developing them into. a book
for when you turn each beautiful page
you have a chance to take a look
through the window of my writing world.

The poem above, was inspired by one of the following three writing prompts I talk about in today’s episode of Inspirational Journeys.
1. Do writers bleed ink?
2. What would happen if you built a world where words appeared from out of nowhere? Where would they come from and what trials would your characters face to find the source of these mysterious words?
3. What would people see if they looked through the window to your writing world.

You can listen to the podcast episode here:

Hugs,
Ann

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Two writing Challenges

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pen and paper

Today’s writing challenges are as follows:
Write a story using these six adjectives:
1. SHINY, SILVER
2. COLD AND GREASY
3. SCRATCHED AND WEATHER-WORN
4. SWEET AND PUNGENT
5. INK-STAINED
6. SHRILL, PIERCING

Writing exercise number two, write a poem that contains one nine letter word and is inspired by the word “Misfit”.
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Two Writing Exercises

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I have two writing exercises for you today. They are as follows:

1. What is your lucky number and what does it mean in your writing?

2. Use everyday objects as inspiration for your WIP.

To hear these writing prompts and the stories behind them, listen to the most recent episode of my podcast: Two writing exercises

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Threewriting prompts

In the latest episode of inspirational journeys, I give you three writing prompts and the stories behind them. My three writing prompts are as follows: A motorcycle being run off the road by a Honda accord, hooks and ladders, and code 60. To listen to these writing prompts and the stories behind them, please visit the following link:

https://anchor.fm/inspirational-journeys/episodes/Three-writing-prompts-e40u8f

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How Writing Prompts Can Help Your Blog

If you ever need a jumping off point to help you come up with a new blog post? here’s a post with several links to writing prompt sites. I am thinking about checking out some of these myself.

via How Writing Prompts Can Help Your Blog

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A fun writing challenge!

Hello everyone,

Today I want to talk about a topic that’s a little lighter in tone. Let’s do something fun, let’s have a writing prompt challenge!

 

I was looking around on a social media app called Vorail, and I found some interesting questions. I had to think about some of these, because they are perfect points to ponder. I decided to use these as writing prompts for you to use in your own writing. I may have answers to one or two of these, and some of them I may not add here. However, I may use them in later posts.

Here are my prompts or you can consider tem questions for discussion. Please note that I have added two prompt/questions at the end of this post, because they both relate to the same subject. If anyone has any prompt challenges they’d like to share, feel free to do so either in the comments, or link back to my post in your own blog posts, so I can take part in the challenge for myself.

 

Prompt/question number one: Do you push the up or down button to call the elevator multiple times? If so, do you believe that taking this action would bring the elevator to you any faster?

 

My answer: No, I try not to do this, as I don’t believe pressing the elevator button more than once, will bring it to me or make the doors open any faster. Although I have lived in a couple of apartment complexes where I have witnessed people doing this. This has even happened at the building where I used to work, when I worked for the Gallup Organization. People would push the button many times, because they were either in a hurry to get to their buses, or they wanted to get to their cars before the parking deck closed for the night. What’s the purpose of this action?

Now I will tell you of a time when I was in a building doing elevator practice for a mobility lesson. I did push the call button twice, because the button was recessed into the panel and I wasn’t sure whether or not I pushed it properly. Other than that, I only push the button once.

Before I switch topics, let me let you in on a little secret. Riding on an elevator for a while, like standing up while riding a bus, can make your feet feel funny. It can make you feel like you’re still bouncing up and down on solid ground, or at least it’s like that for me. What about you, have you had interesting experiences like that?

 

Prompt/question number two: If you were a button, what action would you wish to perform when pressed?

 

My answer: If I were a button, I would want to be the button that opens the largest food bank in the world. I would give people temporary access to this food bank until they can get back on their feet. There are many people in the US and around the world who have limited sources of income. There are days when these low-income families don’t know where their next meal will come from. I would be the button they can press, so they can get that next meal or three, until they are financially able to put food on their own tables.

 

Prompt/question number three: If you were a star, where and how would you shine?

 

My answer: I would shine a light of love and happiness, all over the world. I asked a friend of mine this same question, and he said he would be a blue star that shown a ray of coolness to everybody around the world. He said that everyone would living in style and be cool like him.

 

Prompts/questions four and five: If you were a key, or if you had a key in your possession that could unlock anything in the world, what would you unlock?

I would unlock the door to my fictional worlds and allow my readers to come in and meet my characters. Oh, wait, I do that anyway, when I write my stories, but a key would unlock the movie that I see in my head, when I get an idea. My friend said that his key would open the door to independent success for small business owners around the world.

 

Thanks for taking part in my fun writing prompt challenge. Please share your thoughts, and or links to your own responses in the comments below.

Until next time, happy writing and enjoy the rest of your day. God bless you my fellow bloggers and readers.

 

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Musings for inspiration

Hello everyone,

Today I went on a mobility lesson to the library here in Athens, GA. I had a very interesting meeting with a lady in the administration office, where I needed to learn about book signings. The people I need to talk to weren’t there at the time of the lesson, but I gave her my contact information, so the right people would get in touch with me. I also learned how to get to the study rooms, where I could go and write when I need to. I am not exactly sure what I am inspired to write today, but I know my inspiration is all over the place today. Please forgive me for going in forty-eleven different directions while writing this post.

The Weather

On this beautiful spring day, the weather was a bit cook, when I went out, yet sunny. As the day wears on, the temperature rises and makes me feel energetic. However, the pollen is rampant, and it messes with my allergies. However, that didn’t stop me from going out on a mobility lesson today.

Let me answer the second part of the writing prompt I found about the weather. Let’s say I have built a world of my own in my novel. I am in the land of Snow angel. Although I don’t like walking in snow, this world is built and it survives because of its snow. However, the weather in this world is all wrong. The citizens see sunshine, instead of snow. The world is white, but too warm for the people to survive. Here’s a writing prompt for you my fellow writers: take your own world, where the weather needs to be a certain way in order for your characters to survive. Change the weather and write what happens when it is changed. Do the people leave the fictional world, or do they become extinct? Take some time to play around with this idea, and feel free to share your creative thoughts in the comments below. Why not shape it into a story or essay for your own blog? If you use this prompt for a blog post, please feel free to link back to this post as a source for your inspiration.

Getting Inspired by Household Tasks

When I was living with my mother, I would wash the dished after a meal, and begin to sing a song that I made up off the top of my head. These little songs have lead to story ideas, that I either wrote down on notepad, or started as a Word document. I always write down these ideas, because there are times when they can be useful in my current projects or in projects that I am planning to work on in the future.

An Inspirational Shower

This also happens in the shower, I will sing a song, or “kick around” an idea that hit me at an odd moment earlier on the day in question. sometimes a story, blog post, or part of a novel comes out of that inspirational shower. For example, I ended up getting the inspiration for part of A Journey of Faith, from time spent in a cool summer shower.

Walking in a Dark Warehouse

One of the writing prompts I saw was to imagine yourself walking through a dark abandoned warehouse. When I let my mind wander into this type of building, there are several things I notice. First of all, the building echoes, due to the high ceilings. The warehouse is opened, with a wall far off to my right, and another far off to my left. It looks like a large open rectangle. The floor is made of either concrete, or some other strange substance. I step inside the building, and the floor seems to bounce under my feet. I am very nervous, walking through there. There are some strange noises in that building. I run through the warehouse, so I don’t have to deal with the weird creatures hiding in there. Write a story set in this old abandoned warehouse. The image you see is yours, but something significant has to happen in this warehouse, for the story to move forward. What happens, and how do the characters solve the problem(s) in your story. Personally, I might write a story like this later on myself.

Staying Silent when You Want to Shout

Let me talk to you about silence. Sometimes it’s hard for me to stay silent, even when the rest of the house is quiet as a mouse. I mean, I have thousands of thoughts going in circles in my head, and I feel I have to verbalize these thoughts, or they will drive me crazy. This only happens when I’m at home, because I don’t want to embarrass myself out in public. However, there are times when I need to stay silent, I let the thoughts run through my mind, and try to hold onto the ones I want to keep and let go of those that are unnecessary. For instance, one night, while going to church, I saw one of my stories playing out, from the truck, to the church, and even throughout part of the service. I had to stay silent, while these ideas ran through my head in total silence. Although I love going to church at night, sometimes I wish I could take a pen and a notebook with me for ideas like this, so I don’t lose them.  This is one of those times that I want to talk through my ideas, when I can’t. If that ever happens to you, here’s something you might want to try: I heard this idea in an audio book, read on the Georgia Radio Reading service for the blind and print handicapped. In this book, the author talked about playing a game with her kids. She suggested that her children perform a silent scream. Let me tell you what I mean. Get into your screaming stance, with your feet apart and your fists in the air, open your mouth, but don’t actually scream. Instead, emit a silent scream. You may even want to bounce on the balls of your feet, when you get really excited or angry, but you can’t make a sound. Does this silent scream make you feel better, or does it make the emotion you can’t show even worse?

Conversations You Hear in your Daily Life

We all overhear conversations from time to time that inspire a piece of dialogue, or a scene in a novel or story. However, have you ever sat down, closed your eyes, and listened to your inner thoughts? What conversations come from these silent musings? My friend Zaire was playing his singing bowl the other night, and As I sat listening to the soothing vibrations of the bowl, I heard the following words in my head: “John loves it, but his wife can’t stand it.” I don’t know what that means, or where I need to use this quote, but I do know that it was a thought from out of the blue, as an image dropped away from the inner recesses of my mind. What words or phrases have you heard while in your own silent musings? How did they inspire your writing? Where did you use these bits of dialogue that pop up out of nowhere? Personally, for me, my characters have spoken to me in that way before. I have sat in my chair or on the bed, listening to an audio magazine, while zoning out. One night, I was almost asleep, when Becca Martin began talking to me from out of nowhere. Do your characters talk to you in this way? If so, in which direction did they take your novel or story?

Conclusion

Thank you for allowing me to take this post in different directions. I found several writing prompts, and there were quite a few that actually struck my creative muse. I’ll have to think further on that warehouse prompt, though and possibly come up with a story for this prompt. Has any of these musings been an inspiration to you? You don’t have to go into every little detail, but if so, tell me how I have inspired you, and if you have a blog post that you have written based on these musings, please share the link to this post with your followers.

Until next time, happy writing, and may the muse keep you writing for hours, even if it speaks to you in the middle of the night.

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As Inspired by a Writing Prompt: My Favorite Childhood Halloween Costume

When I was in high school, out of all the halloween costumes I wore, my favorite one was my Little Red Riding Hood costume. I had a dress, and a cape with a red hood. I even had my ow little wicker basked to go with it. Some of my teachers even put candy or special treats in my basket at the end of classes for that day.
This costume was store bought, and I was with m mother when she got it at Wal-mart. It felt interesting to wear this costume, and walk around the school as Little Red Riding Hood. Mrs. Bell, the librarian at the time noticed my costumed, and called other teachers and students over to where I sat while I was either doing research or doing something, I can’t remember what. I remember she said, “Hey look everybody, Little Red Riding Hood is in the library with us today!” That made me feel very special, because for a moment I could be someone other than myself. For that halloween, I stepped into the shoes ofone of my favorite storybook characters from my childhood. The best thing of all? The big bad wolf was no where in sight.
The one thing that I didn’t like about this costume, was that the dress was a little shorter than I would have liked. I had no idea, until I was trying to block a scene for a play we were practicing for drama class at the time. I went to do a specific jump and my history/drama teacher called me over to her desk and told me that I needed to be careful or I would wind up “taking everybody’s picture”. Needless to say, I didn’t do that jump that day. This was on a friday, if I remember correctly, and I was going home for the weekend, so I could get out of the costume, thus ridding myself of any unpleasant incidents.
Unfortunately I don’t have a photo to show you, but by my words, I hope I painted the picture clearly. I wore the cape around my shoulders, and the hood held it in place for me. This post was inspired by a writing prompt in the Writer magazine, so I thought I would share my story in honor of halloween.
Now it’s your turn, I will will paste the prompt at the bottom of this poste, and I’d love to hear your stories. Feel free to leave your favorite halloween costume stories in the comments below, or share them on your blogs, with a backlink to this post, so others can see what inspired your own personal essays. The writing prompt is below. Happy writing, reading, and sharing, and have a blessed evening, morning, or whatever time of day it is in your part of the world.

Writing prompt: dress up. Find a photo of your favorite childhood Halloween costume and try to re-create that moment on the page. How did you choose your costume? Was it handmade, store bought, or coupled together from items lying around the house? How did you feel the moment you put it on? Did assuming another identity change your behavior, your mindset, or your mood?? How did others react to your costume?

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My learning style

When I was in college, I discovered ny learning style, through the foundations course called introduction to reading, and also a beginning course in my college studies, which I don’t remember the name of. However, There are times, when I learn by listening to a lecture or audio book. There there when I learn by reading, but there are other times when I learn by doing something hands-on.

Let me explaine something about my learning style. When I read books, I picture the scene, even though I am totally blind. This is a bit of visual learning, but sometimes audible and kinesthetic learning works best for me.

What is your learning style? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.