Instead of a prompt word, I thought we’ll do something different this week. As bloggers, many of us are writers – so, theme for this week is about “writing“. As you probably guess, this opens wide possibilities.

Quite often I come across blog posts lamenting the dreaded “writer’s block”

Writers Block

When writing fiction, it is crucial to develop characters. One has to give them a backstory, add depth and scope and generally build them into three-dimensional people.

Having published two novels and working on several more now – excluding the Mechanic Leigh and Fallen Grace series – I notice how characters take on a life of their own.

Emptying the Nest

Many years ago, my kid sister accidentally stepped into a gutter. I thought she recovered the situation very admirably. She casually put her other foot into the gutter – it was deep but dry – stepped out and continued on her way, as if it was the  most natural thing to do. When she related that episode, the family had a good chuckle – we still do.

That incident lent impetus to this next piece.

Literary Licence

When I started writing about three years ago, in the first two years, I attended every single seminar and talk on “writing” that fitted my schedule. These literary luminaries, both local and foreign imports, sprouted impressive credentials and almost all lettered in creative writing, English Language, literature etc. ad nausea. Some charged an arm and a leg for their lectures. One guy from Adelaide even took my money and absconded – but that is another story.

Interestingly, not one had a bestseller to their name. The bestselling authors were all “non-literary” types.

Missing Forrester for the Trees

Hope you liked at least one of the above.

Now, your turn 🙂 Would you like to contribute your flash fictions – love to receive them.

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Some guidelines:

1. Your contributions can be prose or verse but must draw from the theme “writing”.

2. Please do not go below 30 words or exceed 33 words.

3. Deadline for submissions 10 days from today.

If you could post your contributions in the Comments below, I shall collate and publish them in a Gallery on 14 May.

If you are new here, please take a look at the Previous Galleries:

(a) WOLF

(b) PORTRAIT

(c) BEDPOST

(d) GUTTER

If you wish to know what this is all about, please check out BLOG TIPS

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Tomorrow

A short POEM

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78 comments

      1. Dear Eric,

        You are more than welcome. It is good to see so many others posting their work, as well as fine comments, on your site. When I find a site that is so worthy to promote, a site filled with excellent postings, than of course there is no hesitation in highlighting that site. As always, I look forward to reading your future posts.

        Take care,
        Paul

  1. Eric, here is my contribution with the title ‘Writing’

    Writing block often occurs
    Pictures in my mind echoes continuously
    It seems so hard to find the correct words
    To convey
    My message
    My imagination
    My buried memory
    Nevertheless
    The Lord helps me.

    Any comments? 🙂

  2. My hands walk
    in a dark path
    where my heart
    is confused to write
    which language will run?
    my mother language is abstract
    my two others
    twist my thoughts
    and I’m locked up

  3. Eric, “Literary License” is my favorite, yes a fool for the rhyme. Here is my attempt.

    Cluster

    Here I sit all a fluster
    picturesque words I can not muster
    looking around I see your luster
    My rhymes seems still just a cluster
    If only I could find that one gusher

  4. Dear Eric,

    Great stuff there, all four of them, rather clever! Here’s my particular take on the theme, in at 33 words:

    The sheet before us, white, we seek,
    A word to write, a phrase, a pause…we think;
    A blank canvas greets our mind, quite bleak,
    Yet the Muse arises, and provides the ink.

  5. I loved all of yours, they were fun and oh so true. I’m not feeling it today though, maybe I’ll come back later if something comes to me. On a side note I missed the prompt word wolf? Dang, that slipped right past me. Grrr, that’s my favorite animal too.

    1. Happy that you loved all four. That’s great 🙂

      The window is open for 10 days – so, if something surfaces – or, join in the next one.

      WOLF was one of the very first and had not really picked up steam, so its not surprising that you missed it. You can still publish something in your blog, I reckon.

      Have a great day Jessica,
      Eric

  6. Great words, great prompts, Eric.
    this is-

    blocked brain

    write your one hundred
    lines
    every morning
    don’t take your pen
    off the page
    ink streams
    of consciousness
    or the same word
    over and over
    until your brain
    is unclogged
    and—

    block drained

    1. Hello Troy – welcome back and with a contribution too 🙂

      Nice, that play – “blocked brain” and “block drained”.

      Have a great day ahead, Eric

  7. A writer’s block
    is such a pain;
    expressions of heart,
    go down the drain.
    We doubt our capability
    that loses its mark;
    and wonder why the world
    suddenly goes into dark.

  8. Your last was my favorite, Eric. Here’s mine:

    Whispers of Words

    Whispers of words
    I hear in my ear and
    Write what my Muse
    Leads me to. A prayer
    Of sorts my writing is
    Where my Muse
    In my ear speaks
    Words of whispers.

  9. I like the first and the second ones the most. Pls find below:

    His grammar is full of flaws and his language imperfect. Critics pan his sentence structure, but he holds his readers in a web. The web is called ‘plot’, where he excels beyond imagination.

  10. Hi Eric, here is my attempt.

    The coffee stained manuscript with turned up corners. Round shoulders slump over page; a roof, sheltering characters in their infancy as worlds come to life. Coloured post-its decorate the desk. A writer’s confetti.

    Thanks

    1. Hello Elizabeth,

      So very lovely to have you onboard – an investment manager who writes – my kind of author 🙂

      Thank you for your contribution.

      Cheers, Eric

  11. Here is my entry:

    Writing

    “Writing is her passion. To be published is her dream. So many manuscripts mailed to publishing houses with hope pinned to each one. Just as many rejection letters received. Still she writes.”

    Thank you as always for the opportunity and challenge to reach inside myself for something more.

    Susan

    1. Well Susan – you’re the first with a contribution and how truly this resonates with all us budding writers.

      Thank you for sharing and supporting,
      Eric

    1. I just went over and read your fun poem. Thank you for the link. I also enjoyed that little question about Dante 🙂

      Looking forward to receiving your contribution Bastet.

      All good wishes, Eric

    1. I totally agree with you Ian.

      Yes, some polishing does help but we’ve seen the classic movie, Finding Forrester – borrowed from that title for my last piece – and how some of these experts are fixated on crossing the tees and dotting the eyes, as it were.

      Cheers, Eric

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