Weekly Writing Prompt #23

Weekly Writing Prompt #23
Week of 8th of February 2016

DOOR Template Instructions=====================

(5) Words: | STARE | RIVER | HOLD | TRUE | WEAR |

Poetry Suggestions
Haiku (5 – 7 – 5)
Tanka (5 – 7 – 5 – 7 – 7)
Shadorma (3 – 5 – 3 – 3 – 7 – 5)
six lines – no rhymes – multiple stanzas [your choice] – just follow meter
Nonet (9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1) progression downward of syllables
Cinquain (2 – 4 – 6 – 8 – 2) five line poem on any theme with the earlier mentioned syllable pattern
’28’ Form (4 x 7) or (7 x 4) lines & syllables or lines
The Eco/The Echo – Word count (3 – 5 – 4 – 6 – 6 – 3) A four stanza poem
Blackout Poetry – See Poetry page at top of Blog
Circular Poems – See Poetry page at top of Blog
For further instructions
Fictional Suggestions
Flash Fiction (500 – 300 words)
Any Genre: Mystery – Sci-Fi – Fantasy – Horror – Literary
***You have room for one main character
***You have room for one scene
***Get to main conflict of scene in first sentence
***You have room for a single plot
***You have room for a single, simple theme
***SHOW anything related to the main conflict
***TELL the backstory; don’t “show” it
***Save the twist until the end
***Eliminate all but essential words

These are not set in gold
Use your best judgement

Remembrance: Marcel Proust #31

Remembrance: Marcel Proust

Moments from
“Remembrance of Things Past”


““May you always see
a blue sky overhead,
my young friend; and then,
even when the time comes,
as it has come for me now,
when the woods are black,
when night is fast falling,
you will be able
to console yourself,
as I do,
by looking up at the sky.”
― Marcel Proust

Marcel_Proust_(Père_Lachaise) side by side hotel - grave

Dread Darkness #22

Weekly Writing Challenge #22
Week of 1st February 2016

DOOR Template Instructions

(5) Words: | SENSE | SECURE | WALK | TIME | ALONE |

’28’ Form (4 x 7) or (7 x 4) first# is # of syllables or words per line
Second# is the # of lines in poem

london - Berkeley Square

London – Berkeley Square


Sense the cold dread

Walking in the night

Secure feelings have escaped

Abandoned along with time

Being alone longed for

Forgotten inside hopeless fear

Darkness once friendly play

Nightfall now is haunted

© jk 2016

the secret keeper Weekly Writing Prompt #22

Why Perfectionism Kills Creativity – Part Two

Bird by Bird: Anne Lamott’s Timeless Advice on Writing and Why Perfectionism Kills Creativity

pt 1 bird by bird

I tell my students that the odds of their getting published and of it bringing them financial security, peace of mind, and even joy are probably not that great. Ruin, hysteria, bad skin, unsightly tics, ugly financial problems, maybe; but probably not peace of mind. I tell them that I think they ought to write anyway.

pt 1 6 birds on a log in a row

My writer friends, and they are legion, do not go around beaming with quiet feelings of contentment. Most of them go around with haunted, abused, surprised looks on their faces, like lab dogs on whom very personal deodorant sprays have been tested.

But I also tell [my students] that sometimes when my writer friends are working, they feel better and more alive than they do at any other time. And sometimes when they are writing well, they feel that they are living up to something. It is as if the right words, the true words, are already inside them, and they just want to help them get out. Writing this way is a little like milking a cow: the milk is so rich and delicious, and the cow is so glad you did it.

Good writing is about telling the truth. We are a species that needs and wants to understand who we are.


pt 6 3 owls on a tree branch