Burn out or fade away?
I have vacation on the brain. All I can think about is my own private wilderness with plenty of snacks and no work to think of. Naps, too–plenty of naps. I am overworked and overtired and I just. Need. A. Break. In a way, writing fiction or poetry can be like a vacation for me. No, there are no naps, and the snacks are only what I bring with me to my laptop, but hear me out.
When I’m writing, my head is vacated from cares for a few minutes (or hours, if I’m lucky). I’m not concerned about the train wreck that is the presidential election, I’m not thinking about how I’m failing as a teacher, I’m not thinking about my house that honestly needs more than a good scrubbing. I can enter into a different world for a while, and consequently the real world, with its myriad of difficulties drops away.
Now if only I could squeeze in that nap…
Before you jump into your own mini-mental vacation, make sure to peruse the submission guidelines before you add your post to the challenge. If you’ve found some other yeah write writers you dig, why not ask them to be your writing partner? Everyone needs another set of eyes to point out the typos, content errors, and ungainly phraseologies in our posts.
Button, button, who’s got the button?
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. Child’s game or not, the answers should be interesting. 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, change it, or float down it to other territories.
Rowan’s reverie of rain won last week’s nonfiction challenge. This week’s Prompt Up is: I don’t know when I started collecting rain.
March poetry slam: haiku
Haiku is not just about counting syllables, and it’s much, much more than 5-7-5. Rowan will teach you to pack this tiny poem with enough imagery and emotion to sustain your soul for days.
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