Category: blogging challenge
JusJoJan Linda Gill’s Writing Fun !
This is for the JusJoJan writing prompt from Linda Gill’s Blog. You can see more about this writing prompt challenge HERE. The rules are very reasonable and allow for your personal freedom of creativity to flow, so go over and check out the rules and give it a try !
Writing prompt ONENESS
Oneness is a funny word because it looks wrong, when I see it spelled right in front of me. If you look at it in a different way, you can see O NEN ESS …as opposed to ONE NESS.
Or you might even see ON EN ESS, which is entirely different altogether. But now we are just being a bit silly.
Personally, I like the sound of words that end in “ESS” because they sound so feminine and pretty.
For a master list of words ending in “ess” see this link HERE. This is from the Word Info web site.
Some of my favorite “ess” words are countess. duchess, mistress, and enchantress and sorceress.
According to the Word Info site, these particular words came from the French language. The Word Info site says that they got this information from The Barnhart Dictionary of Etymology, Robert K. Barnhart.
Being a poet and a musician / songwriter myself, I find certain words more appealing that other ones.
Some words sound more musical than others. Of course that depends on the kind of music you are writing. Other words fit better into poetry…again depending on the mood and style of what you are writing.
Words for songs, need to sound the way you want them to, and also fit into the rhythm of the song. Poetry also has a rhythm to it. Certain styles have strict rhythms and other are more flexible, or can alternate rhythmic patterns.
Music is listened to, so the way the words appear on a page is not as important.
Poetry however, is often read from the page, so the appearance of the words and how they create the shape of the poem, can be important.
I sometimes choose certain words because I like the way they make the poem look, in addition to the way it sounds, when the words are flowing off the tongue.
To me the word ONENESS looks like it is spelled wrong.
However, I did actually use this word in a poem I wrote quite awhile ago.
I will copy and paste the poem at the bottom of this post. Since I had already written a poem with this theme, I did not choose to write another one for this post.
The concept of ONENESS offers all kinds of possibilities to write about. You could have many people given that same concept to write about, and you would get just as many points of view and perspectives about oneness.
But only one of us wrote about how the word looks on the page….just because she just had to be different !
The Oneness of All
Why do they tell me
Who they think I should be?
I know who I am
I know what I like and I
know what I don’t
of the ocean
of the grass
Taste of sweet kisses
Touch of a hand
Two spirits connecting
In the right place
Where they go
True hearts when they break
Tears when they flow
These things are important
I know it is so
So don’t try
to woo me
Manipulation, by trying
to make me feel
less than sane
is quite plain
Just bores me to death
I am drawn
to the people
With truth on their breath
I speak what I feel
And I speak what I know
the first goal
Mercy and grace
If you look
in your hearts
You will see
a natural trace
as it is
that is all
No one deserves less
No one should feel invisible
We were born with a wholeness
And propensity to dream
For what you can imagine
is an endless stream
You can create your own life
and You Matter
The feelings you feel
something to you
Flash Fiction Writing Prompt #16
This writing is for the Flash Fiction challenge from The Secret Keeper blog. You can see the details of the challenge HERE. The five words that had to be included in the writing are | COMFORT | HEAD | SPACE | MELT | WICKED |
Faith Versus the Facts
A decision had to be made as to whether to accept his words as the truth, or to confront him with the facts. She had always taken comfort in his honesty and openness with her.
She gazed into his eyes as he talked, but in her head she was playing out the events of the last few hours before she met him at the restaurant. As he reached over and touched her hand, she remembered how this used to make her heart melt.
The evidence said that he was lying to her right now. The female voice on the phone….the airline tickets….
She knew if she accepted what the facts pointed to that she would also have to question all of the other times he told her he was going away on business.
If he were lying to her now, while looking into her eyes, then it would mean that he was not the person he portrayed to her. It would mean he had a more sinister and wicked nature than she had ever considered.
If she were to accept the facts, then she would be forced to re-write her entire reality, for entire time they had been together.
There was no space in between his words, as his continuous talking continued. It was almost as if he was doing this intentionally. So she took another sip of her wine to dull her senses. Then, rather than going over the facts as they were, she began to mentally re-write them and the meaning behind them.
It was less painful to re-frame the facts to fit what she wanted to believe, than to have to change her belief to fit the facts.
Overcoming Perfectionism for Business
Take a step. Do something that you want to do, even if you are not exactly sure where it will lead you.
You have heard the phrase “Ready, Fire, Aim,” but there an adaptation of that quote by Thomas Peters and Bob Waterman.
“Ready, Aim, Fire. “
I love this quote. You do not always know exactly what to do or how to do it. You cannot predict what how other people will respond to your ideas. But if you have an idea, you should go for it.
It might be an idea for your blog, or a business idea you have. If you try something, then you will see how people react to it. You can always tweak it later.
You can use the information you gather from the feedback that you get. Then you can adapt based on that feedback.
If you wait until you think it is perfect, before trying something then you may never go for it.
The only way to know what things will work is to try something and then try something else.
Perfectionism is the desire to do things perfectly and the fear of not being perfect. But no one is perfect and the world is unpredictable.
Your journey to discover your possibilities will have failures and successes. You might be surprised how well an idea you have will work. If something does not work quite the way you expected then ask people for their opinions.
If you are not sure what your target audience is then you will discover this along the way. If you do have an idea who your target audience is, then you can try to see things from their point of view.
Put yourself in their shoes and always think of the people who will be experiencing you. Think of what those people need and what their values are.
The emotions of people are important when you think of business or blog ideas.
Entrepreneurs are pioneers of their own unique ideas. Your frontier is in front of you and all around you.
You can give people something that will inspire and challenge them.
You discover what you can do as you go along. You have to take one step at a time. Do not be afraid to try something that you think might be a good idea.
Ready, Fire, Aim. It can work. You can evaluate the feedback and connect with people in an honest way.
People respond to others who seem human like they are. You do not have to pretend to be perfect. It just makes you look pretentious and above them. People like to do business with people that are real like they are.
Twenty Ideas for Writer’s Block
1. Learn something new by googling a topic you are interested in or statr with Wikipedia.
2. See where this leads you. I sometimes read a Wikipedia post on one topic and become introduced to a new phrase, inventor, author, or concept during the post.
3. Check out the highlighted words and phrases in the post you are reading. They can lead you to more highlighted words and phrases. (I have come up really cool new ideas for what to write about by doing this. )
4.Watch a youtube video about the most interesting idea you have found…or start with YouTube for researching topics to begin with.
5. See if anyone else has posted about this topic and form your own opinions, choose a side, expand by adding a new perspective or write a poem or short story about it.
6. Let the things you learn about inspire new ideas. Draw from your personal experience and your imagination.
7. You can use things you learn to write a researched post, an editorial style post, a self help post or a fictional story.
8. Try a new writing genre once in a while. You may be pleasantly surprised that you can write outside of your usual nitch.
9. We tend to go with what is familiar. But it can become uninspiring. Let your brain be creative because the challenge will get tbe dopamine flowing.
10. Think outside the box. Just because no one has ever thought of something in quite the same way does not mean you cannot write it.
11. Think of the reader. What is the goal of the reader? Why do they read your blog? What else would they like you to give them?
12. Be authentic and write from tbe heart. You may think that no one is interested in your feelings, perspectives ad ideas but then again…you might be pleasantly surprised.
13. Blog about a question you have or something you are searching for answers about. Pose the qiestion to the readers. Tell them what this question means to you and why it is important to you.
14. Get ideas from the comments other bloggers leave you. Reading and replying to comments is a great way to find out what your readers are interested in and more importantly …why they are interested and what things mean to them.
15. Try a new medium or craft like photography, drawing, zen tangles. Post a picture of what you did and tell the readers you are learning this and why. Tell them why it is important to you to learn something new, why you chose this particular thing, etc.
16. Blogging is all about the individual perspective and what things mean to you. Even fiction writing has to do with the uniqie view of the person and the meaning of ideas to them.
17. Write something short. I have seen bloggers write one or two sentences that were thought provoking. Leave it up to tbe reader to add their personal meaning and fill in their own mental pictures.
18. Sometimes less is more. Do not feel obligated to write 600 words. People read books when they have more time and blog posts when tbey are short for time…or short on attention ability due to the stress of life.
19. Give people something to ponder. Give people something to work with in tbeir brains to get tbose creative juices flowing. You do not have to always ecplain things to death.
20. Try creating a meme with image chef. You only have to write one or two inspirational or thought provoking lines.
Colors of Fall and Winter – Poem
Written for poetry challenge for Jane Dougherty Writes Blog. See her post HERE
This is my first try at writing a Sept, which is a poem with seven lines
The syllables are 1-2-3-4-3-2-1. This gives the poem its shape.
Join in the fun and write one of your own!
Haiku Challenge from Ronovan Writes Blog – Tide and Flesh
Gently over her
Sweetly silken flesh did the
Cleansing tide renew
Haiku Poetry Challenge Tide , Flesh from Ronovan Write’s ronovanwrites blog
The rules are simple.
- Take the two words and write a Haiku. I use Haiku in English as my style, which is 5 syllables for the first line, 7 for the second, and 5 for the third, but you can use what you like. For syllable help visit HowManySyllables.com.
- The two words can be used as you like. Words have different definitions and you can use the definitions you like. You can even use a synonym word as long as it does not change the meaning. Go to Thesaurus.com for Synonym help.