Weekly Word Prompt #26

Weekly Writing Prompt #26
Week of 29th of February

DOOR Template Instructions=====================

(5) Words: | CLEAR | WAY | BAN | PATCH | REBEL |

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Poetry Suggestions
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Haiku (5 – 7 – 5)
Tanka (5 – 7 – 5 – 7 – 7)
Shadorma (3 – 5 – 3 – 3 – 7 – 5)
six lines – no rhymes – multiple stanzas [your choice] – just follow meter
Nonet (9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1) progression downward of syllables
Cinquain (2 – 4 – 6 – 8 – 2) five line poem on any theme with the earlier mentioned syllable pattern
’28’ Form (4 x 7) or (7 x 4) lines & syllables or lines
The Eco/The Echo – Word count (3 – 5 – 4 – 6 – 6 – 3) A four stanza poem
Blackout Poetry – See Poetry page at top of Blog
Circular Poems – See Poetry page at top of Blog
For further instructions
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Fictional Suggestions
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Flash Fiction (500 – 300 words)
Any Genre: Mystery – Sci-Fi – Fantasy – Horror – Literary
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SUGGESTIONS FOR FLASH FICTION
***You have room for one main character
***You have room for one scene
***Get to main conflict of scene in first sentence
***You have room for a single plot
***You have room for a single, simple theme
***SHOW anything related to the main conflict
***TELL the backstory; don’t “show” it
***Save the twist until the end
***Eliminate all but essential words

These are not set in gold
Use your best judgement
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Remembrance: Marcel Proust #34

Remembrance: Marcel Proust

Moments from
“Remembrance of Things Past”

Marcel-Proust

“Many years have passed
since that night.
The wall of the staircase
up which I had watched
the light of his candle
gradually climb
was long ago
demolished.
And in myself,
too, many things
have perished
which I imagined
would last forever,
and new ones have arisen,
giving birth
to new sorrows
and new joys
which in those days
I could not have foreseen,
just as now
the old are hard
to understand.”
― Marcel Proust

Marcel_Proust_(Père_Lachaise) side by side hotel - grave

Why Perfectionism Kills Creativity – Part Five

Bird by Bird: Anne Lamott’s Timeless Advice on Writing and Why Perfectionism Kills Creativity

pt 1 bird by bird

As we live, we begin to discover what helps in life and what hurts, and our characters act this out dramatically. This is moral material. … A moral position is a passionate caring inside you. We are all in danger now and have a new everything to face, and there is no point

gathering an audience and demanding its attention unless you have something to say that is important and constructive. My friend Carpenter says we no longer need Chicken Little to tell us the sky is falling, because it already has. The issue now is how to take care of one another.

What Carl Sagan found in science — profound awe, deep reverence, a source of spiritual elevation.

pt 1 6 birds on a log in a row

In order to be a writer, you have to learn to be reverent. If not, why are you writing? Why are you here? … Think of reverence as awe, as presence in and openness to the world. Think of those times when you’ve read prose or poetry that is presented in such a way that you have a fleeting sense of being startled by beauty or insight, by a glimpse into someone’s soul. All of a sudden everything seems to fit together or at least to have some meaning for a moment. This is our goal as writers, I think; to help others have this sense of — please forgive me — wonder, of seeing things anew, things that can catch us off guard, that break in on our small, bordered worlds. When this happens, everything feels more spacious.

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pt 6 3 owls on a tree branch