Day 107 – Witness – Daily Prompt Short Story

I love the idea of a writer’s muse turning up. This is a great story.

My Twisted Road To Madness

I sit here, staring at the screen, lost in the emptiness of the blank page, frozen, like a lifeless, wordless, thoughtless mannequin. I feel the saliva slowly run down my lip and drop softly onto my chin and start its journey downward. How long have I been sitting here? How long have I contemplated writing words on the screen, words, any words, I know writers block sucks, but my words mean so much more than you can understand to the eagerly awaiting audience who sit waiting at my door, for something new to read. Has it been days? The knock on my door makes me jump, and I wearily look towards it.

“Go away, come back tomorrow, I’ll have words for you then,” I yell, and the banging stops. Slowly I turn back to the screen, why do they hound me? Why do they never leave me alone? I stare…

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Ideas: Keep a Writing Journal

You should be getting good at generating new writing ideas by now. You should also be improving your ability to write – even if it feels forced sometimes – as often as possible which, from personal experience, help to keep those original ideas flowing. Now you need to ensure that the next time you are stuck for ideas, you have somewhere to quickly turn to where your own ready-made ideas await you.

We have discussed different ways to generate ideas and keep writing in some detail now. We have looked at thought showers, free writing, everyday stories and our own interests to see how each of these areas can help us as a writer. Today, we are going to examine the benefits of keeping a writing journal.

You may already have a writing journal. If so, that is great! I actually have several: one for my stories and poems, one for my writing tips, and one purely for writing ideas. Everything I write is handwritten first so that it goes through an editing process when I type it up – I will likely come back to this later in the year, so keep your eyes peeled. The reason why I have three writing journals is so that I can keep everything I write neat and organised – and also because I tend to write a lot.

If you don’t have a writing journal or you don’t spend long hours writing every day, then one writing journal will be enough for you. Try to divide it into sections depending on the types of things you write or the genres you write in, e.g. poems, stories, anything you would like to get published, ideas, prompts you like, and so on. A folder or ring binder is a great way to store things that you may want to move around later. You could also store any mind maps or other writing resources you have there for use in the future.

You should be able to keep track of what you are writing about at all times by referring to your writing journal. If you have a good idea but you are busy writing something else, put it in your writing journal rather than scrawling it down somewhere random or attempting to remember it. Inspirational quotes, strong prompts and moving pieces of writing by other people can go in there too (just make sure you remember they belong to someone else!). It should be a convenient place for you to go to when you want to start creating immediately. Don’t get rid of your old ideas, either – with the right prompt you may be able to use an idea you never thought would amount to anything. That is the beauty of having all your ideas written down before you in one place.

The more that you write in your journal, the more helpful it will become. You will be able to see how your thought process on plots or line structures has developed over time. Old ideas will captivate you when you least suspect it. And soon, that old block you felt standing in the way of your ability to generate original ideas should start to wear away.


This month’s theme is IDEAS. If you have written something that you would like me to share on this blog on the theme of original ideas, then please post a link in the comments or email me on lauramarieclark1@gmail.com with the subject: Ideas.

Ideas: Everyday Stories

It is sometimes good to pause and sample the simpler things in life. This humbles us, takes us back to our roots, and reminds us that, no matter how we may see the world, we are not the centre of it. You can use this idea in your writing, too. Those of us who enjoy writing huge, bold, enthusiastic pieces filled with mystery, adventure or suspense will find writing about the basics an interesting experience, especially when we are struggling to think up new ideas.

So far, we have discussed using thought showers to generate writing ideas and honing your free writing skills to re-engage yourself with writing. Today, we will examine how you can use everyday life to discover new writing ideas and continue to flex those writing muscles even when you feel impossibly stuck.

The basic principle here is to look around you at the world you can see and pick out appropriate stories. The people, the animals, the plants, even inanimate objects: everything has a story to tell and many of these are worthy of writing. The key thing for you to do as a writer is separate those that are simple from those that are mundane. For instance, I would probably not find many people who were interested in a story based on how I prepared my packed lunch today (if I’m mistaken, please let me know – I do have specific packed lunch habits). However, if I could convey the passion, energy and hurriedness of lunchtime in a busy restaurant kitchen, then that could be worth a read. Readers may be interested to see how I, as a writer, managed to build that sense of urgency.

When you take a step back from bigger or more outrageous storylines and focus on something small instead, you need that energy in your writing to keep your readers’ attention. The emotion within does not have to be negative, but it does need to be present, guiding your readers from line to line, from paragraph to paragraph. Taking the time out to examine something more down to earth and discover how exciting you can make it is a great exercise for any writer.

So, when you feel as though you are lost for writing ideas or stuck on a particularly nasty piece of writing that does not want to budge, consider taking the time out to write about something simple. Look around at the real world and think about an everyday story. How did it feel when you first met your partner? What does your dog think when you leave for work? Could you write something from the point of view of your fridge or your television? There are an infinite number of everyday stories to tell, and you can use the energy you create within them to help you in the rest of your writing.


This month’s theme is IDEAS. If you have written something that you would like me to share on this blog on the theme of original ideas, then please post a link in the comments or email me on lauramarieclark1@gmail.com with the subject: Ideas.

Introducing “Writing Tips Volume 1”

One of the reasons why I was able to publish a book of poems at the end of last year was because I provided writing tips to Creative Talents Unleashed over the Spring/Summer of 2015. This gave me more confidence in my writing, it helped to grow my audience, and it granted me the opportunity to get published, first in an anthology and then my own book of poems. Connecting with them was one of the best decisions I’ve made on this blog, because now that I’m involved, the possibilities keep growing.

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This is why their new book, “Writing Tips ~ Exploring the Writer’s Path Volume 1”, is so important to me. Some of the tips that I wrote for them are included here, as well as tips from other talented writers. These tips show the moment when my writing became something that I could seriously believe in and discuss with other people, rather than the quiet little hobby it had been before. I’ve already bought my copy of the book, and I think that anyone looking into getting published or considering it in the future should purchase as well. Read through it, and you’ll see exactly where you could start from.

Here’s a section from the introduction of the book:

Do you dream of being a writer? Have you already dabbled with words, but still need some help finding your style on paper? Or are you one of those who have so much to write, but just can’t find the time to get the task done? This book could be your saving grace. Put together by a group of talented writers from the Creative Talents Unleashed family, Writing Tips Vol. 1 is for any level of writer.

Contributing Authors:

Donna J. Sanders

Jody Austin

Laura Marie Clark

Raja Williams

You can read the full introduction here on the publisher’s website.

Writing Tips ~ Exploring the Writer’s Path Volume 1 is available here:  www.ctupublishinggroup.com/anthologies.html

100% of the proceeds go towards the Starving Artist Fund, which is used to get new and upcoming authors like yourself published for free.

Lost!

I search for it
Under the stairs
Thinking wistfully
That I left it behind
While I was cleaning
But no
It is not there

I look for it
Behind the couch
Where scraps of paper
Have been discarded
In moments of laziness
Alas, no
It is not there

I seek it
In the bedroom drawer
Where I keep my dainty
Unmentionables; perhaps
It’s hidden amongst them
Regretfully no
It is not there

I hunt for it
In cupboards and on
The tops of wardrobes
Hoping for some sight
Of my lost inspiration
I cease, and – oh!
I find it everywhere