Exercises / Musings

February is prompt month! + your Week 1 prompt.

I feel like I’ve been drifting. On this blog, I mean. With the amazing resources already available to (aspiring) writers, I have been wondering if there is any value I can add over and above others’ offerings. And no one really wants to read about the writing learnings of some random person who doesn’t yet have a novel under contract, do they?

The core question for me, for this blog, is: what do I have to offer that someone else can not?

The answer can only be: my voice, and my unique perspective. My stories.

I write. A lot. It’s what I do. So I’m determined to stop being so safe and bare more of me — in life, poetry, little fictions — on this blog at least weekly during 2017.

In this way, I hope you’ll get to know me better, and I hope to learn more about you too.

To spice things up and add an element of predictability (I know! Spontaneity AND structure. How is that even possible? Read on, dear reader, read on…), for this month I have decided to make February ‘prompt month’ on thirtyseven.

Writing short pieces to prompts can be a fantastic way to give you a break from longer works, and to get your creative juices pumping in a different direction.

But, because I don’t just want to foist my prompted retorts onto you, for the next four weeks I will:

  1. share an external writing prompt on Mondays; and
  2. post my own story/poem to the prompt on the Thursday to follow.

I have chosen external prompts because I want to showcase some excellent websites and opportunities you may not yet have come across in your writing journey.

You can absolutely play along with me — and, if you’re feeling extra daring, you can share your offerings in the comments to my Thursday post. Or maybe, just maybe, you will pen a work of such literary genius that you deem it worthy of elsewhere submission. I really hope that is the case for you.

Without further ado, here is your Week 1 prompt:

“Write a story/poem of up to 500 words using these three words within your text: chicken, bathrobe, potato.”

[source: Mash Stories, 2016]

Good luck — and enjoy!

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