When I don’t access my creativity for a while, it starts to atrophy. It’s still there, but it definitely needs reviving after a long sleep. After a long break from writing, painting, music, drawing, I can feel it beckoning me back to that part of myself. It’s time.
I have said before that I believe in breaks. I do. But I also believe in daily practice as a means to bettering ourselves. Not just practice, but stretching our limits: trying out new techniques, absorbing criticism from trusted advisors, feeling the freedom to follow the story while still making room for developing literary skills. Though I haven’t quite figured out how to reconcile my need for breaks with the necessary rigors of practice, I am learning a valuable lesson through all this.
Trust your inner voice. You will know when it is time.
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How deep was the water?
The optional prompt above can serve as inspiration for your fiction or poetry. Use the question word for word in your story or poem, or just answer it. Pool depth or puddle–be creative! In case that’s not enough to get you going:
New inspiration for you
Prompt up is our optional weekly writing prompt for the fiction|poetry challenge! Here’s how it works: we choose a sentence prompt from last week’s winning nonfiction post and announce it in the kickoff. It’s your job to use that prompt as the first sentence in your poem or story and then run with it. The prompt is just a springboard, though: feel free to keep it as your first sentence, move it somewhere else, change it, or yank it out completely.
Jan’s essay about the true gifts we receive from our siblings, Tiny Things Last, was last week’s winner. This week’s Prompt Up is: He had created a tiny time of enchantment.
January poetry slam: aubade
It’s the dawn of a new year, and so this month’s poetry slam is particularly fitting. An aubade is a love poem or song – in any form – welcoming or lamenting the arrival of the dawn. It’s the poem that you write for your lover after you slip out the window at sunrise, or the song, full of joy or sorrow, that you sing for the arrival of the dawn. Need more to get started? Rowan has all the details for you.
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Yeah write #249 fiction|poetry writing challenge is open for submissions!
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