Writing Prompt: A Brief History

Have you ever tired to jot down a your autobiography? How far back can you remember? This exercise is simple. Write out a list of all the major events in your life.¬† Try to add a timeline to these wherever possible. For instance: Got 100% on first science exam - age 11, had first crush,... Continue Reading →

Writing Prompt: The Secret to Swimming

The chlorine stung my eyes. As soon as we walked into the indoor pool area, I was nervous. Mom lead me by the hand to the water's edge where other children had already gathered and were easing their way into the water. The swimming instructor was tall, lean with dark hair. He couldn't have ben... Continue Reading →

Writing Prompt: Perfume

I walked past someone on the street and caught a light scent of perfume I couldn't identify. There was a hint of peach, some light floral scent, like a magnolia and maybe vanilla mixed in. I've stuck to certain perfumes throughout the years, each one marking out certain stages in my life. Chanel 5 was... Continue Reading →

Writing Prompt: Film Legend

Film has been a major part of my life for as long as I can remember. From an early age, my mother taught me to appreciate actors, directors, screenwriters and all of the people behind the scenes that spend their careers entertaining the masses. As a tribute to the late, great Elizabeth Taylor, arguably one... Continue Reading →

Writing Prompt: C is for Crash

For a short word, it brings out all sorts of images. A crash can be several things. A crash diet, extreme, fast, urgent, determined, sometime desperate. A alcohol, drug or sugar crash - to be high one minute and to reach the earth, violently with a thud. Destructive and often painful, whether it's your mood... Continue Reading →

Writing Prompt: B is for Banishment

When I was young, at the age when every action and word of your peers has the weight and importance more damaging than the shifting of continents, I had a friend¬†who passed me over. For the two years prior to my banishment, we had been inseparable. Although we were in different classes throughout the day,... Continue Reading →

Is there anybody out there?

One of a writer's fears is that there is no audience, that your words and efforts will never reach anyone. It does raise the question; are you writing for an audience or are you writing for yourself? In the 600+ post I've left here, I've never asked for a comment, but I'm asking now. Why... Continue Reading →

Writing Prompt: Song Lyrics

These are actually very tricky to write. I've been asked to write lyrics for some music and although the chorus came easy, structuring a song is actually tough. Still, it's a writer's challenge just the same, so I went for it. Draft one is complete and we'll see what the musicians do with it. Have... Continue Reading →

Writing Prompt: The Valentine

I'm not a fan of Valentine's Day. My first memory of this day is of sitting in my kindergarten class with a stack of valentines we had to write out for everyone in the class, convinced in my 4 year old soul that I wouldn't get one. Later, when we were allowed to be selective,... Continue Reading →

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