Writing Prompt – 5 Words #58

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Today’s words are:

  • Sailor
  • Dean
  • Squint
  • Hedge
  • Handbook

The goal is to exercise your brain and split writer’s block. You can write anything! A story, a poem, a paragraph, a sentence, anything! The only rule is that it includes the words given or is inspired by the words given. If you post something, leave it or link it in the comments!

Flash Fiction – Breach

Zippy Flash Fiction

“Wall’s comin’ down, Bud. Nothin’ you can do about it,” Rodrigo said.

Bud just kept staring up at the crumbling wall. Distorted sunlight scattered greens, golds, and oranges over the landscape.

“We gotta go, Bud. We gotta get off.”

Bud sucked his teeth and scrubbed his stubble hard with a rough hand. He watched as another impact shook more rubble loose from the wall.

“Bud. Hey, Bud! Listen, man, it’s over. The planet’s turned on us like we’re a disease.”

Bud powered up his armor as more dust and stone tumbled down the wall. The armor began to glow as channels filled with hot, orange oil.

“Rodrigo. Go.”

“What?”

“Go.”

“We’re not leavin’ you here, Bud.”

“Yes, you are.”

“Bud-“

“I said, go! This is my home; my planet! I won’t turn my home over and run! Even if I’m the last person on Spherta, I will take my home back myself! Now, go!”

Rodrigo hesitated, stared at Bud, watched as chunks of the wall came down. He chewed his lip, looked at Bud, and nodded.

“I’ll be back.” Rodrigo said.

He turned and ran to the ship, thrusters powering up. As he entered, it slowly lifted off the ground. He turned, and his eyes met Bud’s. Bud was smiling as the wall crashed down.

Writing Prompt – 5 Words #57

Today’s words are:

  • Leap
  • Indigo
  • Cascade
  • Clock
  • Log

The goal is to exercise your brain and split writer’s block. You can write anything! A story, a poem, a paragraph, a sentence, anything! The only rule is that it includes the words given or is inspired by the words given. If you post something, leave it or link it in the comments!

Literature – Writing Roadblocks – I Can’t Finish Anything!

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Writing Roadblocks

Hello Readers, Writers, Teachers, and Children! Do you ever have trouble finishing projects? Do you have several good ideas but don’t know which to work on? If you are a writer, or any type of artist, you’ve most likely had these issues. I know I do, regularly!

Here are a few common complaints and some tips that have helped me. If you have some ideas, leave them in the comments below, and I’ll feature your tips in a future post.

I’ve been working on this story forever and it’s lagging.

Work on something else! No, not another lengthy project. Something short; something quick. This helps get those extra ideas out of your head so you can focus on your project. It’s kind of like weeding a garden. Once those pesky weeds are out of the way, your vegetables can grow. Try a word prompt or other writing exercise.

Here are a few that I use:

Go Dog Go Cafe – Writing prompt every Tuesday

Carrot Ranch Literary Community – Flash Fiction prompt every Thursday

Warmup Pages – Photo prompt every other Saturday

I also publish writing prompts daily:

5 Words – Writing prompt every day

The Nature of Writing – Photo prompt every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday

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I’ve tried writing short works, but I always feel like they need to be developed more. So, I never really finish those either!

Hey, it happens. After all, nobody wants to let go of a good idea! But consider this: when you tell a friend about something that happened to you today, do you develop the story from the time you woke up to the time you started talking to your friend? Of course not!

So, don’t feel like your work has to include the character’s life story. It can just be what happened to them in a 10-minute period. No, you didn’t tell the whole story, but you did tell an interesting one, and you can always build on it later!

Practice writing flash fiction using 1000 words or less. I usually write only 200-250. That’s about half a page! You can find some examples here: Zippy Flash Fiction

You could also try your hand at some quick poetry:

This brief verse from

Pen doth spawn.

I looked away,

and now it’s gone.

Or, you could try the famous 6-word story:

Here lies Jack. The cat attacked.

I can’t show other people my work unless it’s perfect!

This is a biggie. Take a deep breath. Let it out. Now, cut it out! Nobody has ever made anything perfect… ever! But you can make something that’s pretty good. Failure IS an option! In fact, you MUST fail so you can learn from your mistakes.

Stop second guessing yourself. If you have an idea, don’t think about it too long. Write it down or else you’ll start to think that it’s a dumb idea, and you’ll never create anything. Write spontaneous poems and silly flash fiction, goodness knows there’s enough of them on this site. It will help you get your ideas out, to feel more confident in sharing, and, believe it or not, some of those ideas will turn out to be pretty awesome!

Here’s to finishing something for once in my life! If you have any helpful tips, please share them in the comments below!

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Writing Prompt – 5 Words #56

Today’s words are:

  • Verdant
  • Dash
  • License
  • Piano
  • Final

The goal is to exercise your brain and split writer’s block. You can write anything! A story, a poem, a paragraph, a sentence, anything! The only rule is that it includes the words given or is inspired by the words given. If you post something, leave it or link it in the comments!

Photo Prompt – The Nature of Writing #3

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Hello Readers, Writers, Teachers, and Children! I often take inspiration from nature when I’m writing, and I love to photograph flowers, trees, insects, and anything else that will be still long enough. So, I’ve decided to combine the two with The Nature of Writing photo prompt.

Take this photo for inspiration and run with it! Whatever you happen to discover, leave it or link it in the comments below. And remember to stop and smell the garlic blossoms!

Writing Prompt – 5 Words #55

Today’s words are:

  • Raspberry
  • Found
  • Customs
  • Essential
  • Rice

The goal is to exercise your brain and split writer’s block. You can write anything! A story, a poem, a paragraph, a sentence, anything! The only rule is that it includes the words given or is inspired by the words given. If you post something, leave it or link it in a comments!

Writing Prompt – 5 Words #54

Today’s words are:

  • Landscape
  • Azure
  • Flippant
  • Row
  • Hammock

The goal is to exercise your brain and split writer’s block. You can write anything! A story, a poem, a paragraph, a sentence, anything! The only rule is that it includes the words given or is inspired by the words given. If you post something, leave it or link it in a comments!

Writing Prompt – 5 Words #53

Today’s words are:

  • Grass
  • Slide
  • Slate
  • Ply
  • Hibiscus

The goal is to exercise your brain and split writer’s block. You can write anything! A story, a poem, a paragraph, a sentence, anything! The only rule is that it includes the words given or is inspired by the words given. If you post something, leave it or link it in the comments!

Photo Prompt – The Nature of Writing #2

Hello Readers, Writers, Teachers, and Children! I often take inspiration from nature when I’m writing, and I love to photograph flowers, trees, insects, and anything else that will be still long enough. So, I’ve decided to combine the two with The Nature of Writing photo prompt.

The funny thing about wasp-type insects is that they don’t really pay attention to you if you aren’t close to their nest. So, I’m always able to get these great close-ups!

Take this photo for inspiration and run with it! Whatever you happen to discover, leave it or link it in the comments below. And remember to stop and smell the garlic blossoms!