Weekly Writing Prompt #47

As everyone is starting to head back to work and school, I find myself dreaming about a longer vacation. Unfortunately, the disconnect between our dream lives and reality is extremely common. Equally as common is the habit of brainstorming escape routes in order to find a place in life where we don’t have to sit in an office all day, wishing we were out on the beach. There is another, less common, yet more favorable way to deal with this though. It’s the knowledge that no matter where you are, you you can make it the happy place you are dream about.

It’s all about changing the way you think and letting go of ‘stuff’. For example, if you wake up every morning and say, ‘What a great place I have to live in today. I don’t know about tomorrow, but today is going to be great!’ you have a better experience and and can enjoy what you have without worrying about what you don’t have.

Even if you’re back at work, you still have choices. You can choose to be miserable, or you can choose to feel like you’re still on vacation and focus on the things around you that are beautiful. So much of our lives are dictated by chasing a huge paycheck or achieving a higher level of success. But at the end of the day, what does that really matter? When did work become the only thing that matters? If we can adopt the mentality that work is a means to live the rest of our lives, and that’s it, we can be a lot happier. You only get one life to live. It may be basic, but we could all use a reminder of it every now and then.

So this week’s prompt is to get you thinking about the feeling of a vacation, even if you’re not on one. Enjoy!

Toa Heftiba

Weekly Writing Post #46

Happy New Year! What a year 2018 was. I grew my business, I turned 40, I travelled and I reached my reading goal of 25 books! Did you reach your goals, even small ones like reading or writing more? Reaching these relatively small milestones should be seen as big achievements and celebrated just as much as bigger and more challenging ones.

My goals for 2019 include using my time in a more productive manner. Less procrastination, more time for life and less time for stress. Oh and upping my reading goal to 30 books!

Have you made any resolutions or set any goals for this year? Feel free to share them in the comments below.

This week’s writing prompt will hopefully spur you to begin any goal you want to achieve this year. So, just begin!

Gaelle Marcel

Weekly Writing Post #45

Theodor Geisel published over 60 books during his lifetime, 44 as Dr Seuss. He remains one of the most beloved children's authors in the world. In 1957, he wrote How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, which ten years later, on this day, was first aired as an animated television special. It has since gone on to become a perennial holiday tradition in some form or another (Ron Howard directed a full length feature of the story in 2000, starring Jim Carey as the Grinch).

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is about how, even when all of their material gifts end up in the Grinch's bag, the people of Whoville still celebrated Christmas because really, you can’t actually steal Christmas. Christmas is a good feeling and sense of community that lives inside all the Whos, gifts or no gifts. Which is why the Grinch's plan fails (spoilers! ;)).

So in the spirit of Dr Seuss and his Grinch, this week’s prompt is a reminder that the whole ‘buying’ and ‘receiving’ thing isn't the point. In fact, it's entirely beside the point. However you celebrate this season, be too busy celebrating to worry about the things a lot of people think this time of year is about, like expensive (or cheap) gifts. Enjoy time with your loved ones and be like the Whos, who came together despite their differences in age or opinion and have a wonderful Christmas, St. Lucia Day, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Omisoka and Yule.

Roberto Nickson

Weekly Writing Prompt #44

Some of you already know my penchant for 50s crooners, especially ‘old blue eyes’ Frank Sinatra. Francis Albert Sinatra was born on this day in 1915, so of course, today’s soundtrack is heavy on the Sinatra croon. Though he wasn’t always the most stand up guy (four marriages, links to the Mafia etc.) you can’t deny his talent. So this week’s prompt is to celebrate Old Blue Eyes.

Maria Fernanda Gonzalez

Don’t forget the Sinatra Christmas tunes this time of year!

Weekly Writing Prompt #43

It’s the first week of summer! I know that this isn’t the case everywhere in the world, but I just love celebrating this time of year. The days are longer and more and more people are getting outside and celebrating the warmer weather and the end of the year. It’s this time of year I look forward to long lunches in the sunshine and even longer dinners outside with lots of great food and cold wine. And don’t forget sitting in the sunshine and reading a good book! What do you look forward to this time of the year?

This week’s quote invokes the feeling of summer for me in very few words and comes from Bruno Schulz’s, The Street of Crocodiles.

Mat Reding

Weekly Writing Prompt #42

This past weekend, my American family celebrated Thanksgiving. I know we don’t really celebrate it here in Australia, it’s not our holiday, but I do like to use it as a reminder to think about what I’m thankful for. This year I am thankful for my friends and family and all the support I have been given in starting my new business.

This week’s prompt will hopefully also ‘prompt’ you to think of what are you thankful for.

Jeremy Gallman

Weekly Writing Prompt #41

This week, one of my favourite books, Little Women, celebrated its 150th anniversary. Before Little Women, books for young people were mostly preachy tales in which the good and virtuous were rewarded and the wicked punished. Girls, in particular, were little more than dull collections of moral qualities.

Then came the four March sisters — trying to be good but forever getting into trouble provoked by their particular character flaws: Jo’s hotheadedness, Meg’s vanity and Amy’s shallowness. Beth, as the stock ‘angel’ character, appears to have no flaws except perhaps her selflessness, but we all know what happens to Beth..

The book, especially in its creation of Jo — an independent, unconventional, irreverent and impatient young woman, devoted to her writing and proud of her ability to earn money from it — has been an inspiration and a favourite of many since it was first published. Though often criticised for her selfishness, Jo has always appealed to tomboys, rebels and freethinkers, her passion for creativity providing aspiring writers with a glimpse of how to operate in the world.

This week’s prompt comes from Jo in the hope it inspires you to write as well.

Annie Spratt


Weekly Writing Prompt #34

It’s Tolkien Week! The annual festival that honours the work of J.R.R. Tolkien and his son and editor, Christopher Tolkien. First celebrated in 1978 by the American Tolkien Society, Tolkien Week is the calendar week that contains September 22, Hobbit Day.

September 22nd is the Birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, two characters from Tolkien’s popular books, The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings, in which Hobbits, typically between two and four feet tall and nothing like your usual hero, accomplish great feats and amazing acts of courage.

Fans celebrate with anything from going barefoot all day and having seven meals (yes please!), to literary discussions and readings, Lord Of The Rings movie marathons and throwing parties in honour of the ‘Long Awaited Party’ at the start of The Fellowship Of The Ring with merriment, feasts, games, costumes and fireworks.

So to celebrate the humble Hobbit (and one of my favourite stories), this week’s prompt is the first line from The Hobbit.

T L

Weekly Writing Prompt #30

This week I celebrated (with cake) 1 year of running my own freelance business! It has been scary and at times tough but I have loved every minute of it. I didn't think I was ready to take the drastic leap of quitting my job and pursuing freelancing but everywhere I turned there were reasons to push forward and helping voices encouraging. me. I know now that this was one of the best decisions I have made and can't wait to see where the next year takes me.

This week's prompt is in celebration of my milestone. What milestones have you achieved recently? Make sure you celebrate!

Buco Balkanessi