Happy Friday. I hope you’ve had a good week or at least that nothing terrible has happened–the bar is pretty low for “a good week” these days.
Someone said “January is almost over” in a meeting today and made me think, for a minute, that I must have slept through a few weeks. Fortunately, the calendar clearly shows that the month isn’t even half over yet. A good thing, since there are still some holiday decorations piled on the table waiting to back into the cabinet in the garage.
Some of the rose bushes in my front yard are bravely blooming, despite the chilly temperatures. Perhaps they’re thinking of spring, or at least February.
I’m busy thinking about performance reviews and year-end reports at the day job, which has left very few functioning brain cells for creative writing endeavors. I know exercise is supposed to help with that so after work I think I’ll head off to the elliptical machine for a workout and then give today’s writing prompt and random words a try.
Care to join me?
For those of you working away on a story (whether a first draft or a polished version on its way to publication), if you’re not feeling random, we’d love to hear a bit – whether it’s a scene, a paragraph, or even a phrase that you are especially pleased with and would like to share.
If you don’t have a story in progress, or just want to work on something new, I hope either today’s random words or writing prompt will catch your creative fancy.
Prompt: What’s the plan?
Feel free to interpret the prompt any way you choose (or ignore it completely) and include any (or all) of the following random words:
parade blender sparrow blankly
duck amazing cuddly fold
beekeeper bribery subway dexterity
guidebook jigsaw perplexing flake
I look forward to seeing your stories in the comments. If you’re not feeling in the writing mood today, or don’t have time, feel free to post suggestions you might have for future writing prompts. Ideas are always welcome.
Happy writing to all!
Hello Elizabeth, well, I don’t have a plan. But I have copied your above prompt onto a blank Word document and hope that during the day I will return to it. I’ve almost waved the white flag in the face of pandemic stress fatigue and have not been writing. I feel I should retire from my writing group, stop thinking of myself as a writer … just sit back on the couch with TV, a book and a box of chocolates 🙂
Pandemic stress fatigue certainly makes it harder to feel creative; I can definitely relate. I hope you were able to get back to that Word document–even if only to add a sentence–and don’t throw in the towel just yet.