Prompt 12-29-22

Where is your writing place?

All writers need a place. As Virginia Woolf famously wrote, “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” She ultimately found that the room she created specifically to write did not entirely do the trick. She often contemplated and wrote outdoors. She imagined stories while walking the quadrangles of Oxford or strolling through a garden. But the quote in part has come to signify the importance of a solitary place to write. In fact, I know writers who thrive on writing in busy coffee shops that are the antithesis of quiet sinecures of contemplation. They create their own solitude within an impenetrable shell of concentration. I am entirely too distracted in that setting by people-watching and eavesdropping. Each to their own I say. Personally, I like to write while sitting on my patio in the quiet of early morning with only birds as my background chorus. I also have a room of my own. When I close the door, the muse cannot escape; it is trapped in the struggle of my creative tug-of-war. To quote Mrs. Woolf again, “a lock on the door means the power to think for oneself”. In my room, I have a desk. My desk once belonged to my mother and I treasure its history. My desk is cluttered, unlike its life with my mother. When I think of writing, especially if I plan a long period dedicated to that pursuit, I think of my desk. It is my place. PROMPT: Write a short essay on your writing place, your desk – whether it be in a room of your own, in the kitchen, at a library table, a notebook on your lap – wherever. What does it mean to you? Our writers’ group will each write about their desk in our blog posts next week.

Thursday Writing Prompt…11.17.22

You are on a train in a private compartment traveling from London to Portsmouth, England. You have settled in, the train begins to move when suddenly a stranger enters quickly and shuts the door and says, “_____________________________”.

P.S. You are not allowed to say, “Bond, James Bond.” You will be amazed at how a story can open up with a first few words.

Prompt: Who Are You?

November 10, 2022

The day starts normally. You are following your routine. You look at your email messages and see one that says:

You are not who they think you are.

Do you know who the sender is? Do you know what they’re talking about? Is the message the beginning of a search for you? Are you completely in the dark? Is the cryptic message something you were dreading? What is your reaction?

Thursday prompt — 10.27.22

The beauty of a quick prompt, a ‘get-go’ idea, is that before you know it, you are sliding right into a writing about yourself, someone, or something. Look at your paintings and photographs on the walls or on a side table. Do you have a favorite? What about magnets affixed to your refrigerator? What are they? Why do you like them? What do they represent?