The gods are against me today, as I found 9 writing challenges containing prompts with no rhyme or reason, which made me think that maybe the hosts of these challenges were trying to intimidate me. Can I combine all of these prompts together and create a story without my brain starting to spiral out of control? I am not trying to be estimable (worthy of great respect), as it is unlikely anyone will compare my writing skills with those of William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Emily Bronte, Geoffrey Chaucer, Homer, Joseph Conrad, James Joyce, Herman Melville or Charles Dickens and no one will ever name a chewing gum after me. I guess I am just going through a flitting stage, as every time I sit down to write, I want to be challenged. I have all day to write my story and there is no word limit tied into any of these prompts, so I am able to scale my story to be as short or as long as I like. I am not looking to teach any lessons, or right any patriotic wrong or figure out the rights of wrongs, but I do believe that if I write engaging stories, that my readers will stay with me.
Writing is not a vicious cycle for me, it is a place where my spirit takes flight and my passions are released. While writing multiple prompt posts, I often end up finding a story, when I was actually looking for something else, thanks to what I call serendipity. Experts say that there are seven critical elements that need to be in every good story, as they constitute the very essence of what makes a story and without them there is no story. These elements consist of a change of fortune, the problem of the story, the complications, crisis, climax and resolution of the classical structure, and the threat.
I have only just begun, as I suspect that my writing will improve over time, although I might have to fill some big shoes. Writing can be as comfortable as an old shoe, but sometimes when the shoe is on the other foot, it can taste like old shoe leather. If the prompt is shoe, there is no need for me to shake in my shoes, I might be required to describe what kind of shoe it is, who owns the shoe, discover what happened to the other shoe, or maybe I need to wait for the other shoe to drop? One day I plan to write a poem about a cracker who is a hacker and he cracks the security of computer systems in order to access, steal or destroy sensitive information. It takes blind faith to adequately use all of the prompts and sometimes I can’t find my way home, but I actually made it, proving that anything is possible.
Written for Daily Addictions prompt – Intimidate, for FOWC with Fandango – Suspect, for Sheryl’s A New Daily Post Word Prompt – Patriotic, for Monthly Writing Prompts July 1 – The rights of wrongs, for Ragtag Community – Scale, for Scotts Daily Prompt – Sit, for the Sunday Whirl Wordle 358 prompts – home, gods ever, flight, cycle, spiral, place, spirit, lessons, flitting, essence, passions, for Teresa’s Haunted Wordsmith Three Things Challenge, where the three prompt words are “cracker, shoe and chewing gum and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Serendipity.