I want to write! I want to produce, to compose, to publish, to attain fame and fortune, or at least acknowledgement, acclaim and adoration, to achieve contact and communication with others…. and apparently, so do tons of other folks.
Many people like me, who are productive, but not creative, are always searching for a little sumpin’-sumpin’ in the way of inspiration. I am not amazed, but perhaps awed, by the number of ‘prompts’ that are available. Words or phrases are offered, or pictures, to write stories or poems around.
There are 33-word Flash Fiction Challenges, which I stay away from. Hell, I can’t even say hello in 33 words. There are 50-word, 100-word, and 150-word Challenges to write a complete story. One somewhat odd challenge is a weekly offering of seven random words, to include as many as possible in a poem or tale. This is one week’s selection.
Being, as usual, shy a theme to base a short story on; I was giddy with anticipation, to trot out my writing skills. I didn’t feel any doubt, and didn’t think that this challenge could punish my compositional abilities. I was sure that I could manage to publish a bland, uninteresting paragraph or two.
I can write as much or as little as I want. Unlike the 100-word Flash Fiction Challenge, there’s not even a proposed word limit. Over there, if I run a word or two over, I have to shave a couple off. If I’m a few short, I just compose an addition, and pop a couple more in.
giddy, addition, punish, manage, shy, shave, pop, doubt, base, trot
Fortunately, at least for me, there’s no rule that what I write has to be deep, or socially significant – just use the words.
I try to get a Rochelle 100-word FF each week, and have some WOWs ready for when I’m not successful. The A to Z Challenge gives me 26 theme opportunities, spread over a year. I assemble 4 joke posts at a time, and publish them about every two weeks, but I’m always on the lookout for ideas that I can use to tell a ‘Me’ story.
Do any of you use ‘prompts’ to produce posts? Which ones? Where do you find them? And do you have any suggestions for me? 😕