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 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 #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 #39

It’s Halloween! The season for little ghosts and goblins to take to the streets, asking for candy and scaring one another silly. Spooky stories are told around fires, scary movies appear in theatres and pumpkins are expertly (and not-so-expertly) carved into jack-o'-lanterns.

It all began as the festival of Samhain, which was part of the ancient Celtic religion in Britain and other parts of Europe. At the end of summer, the Celts thought the barrier between our world and the world of ghosts and spirits got really thin. This meant weird creatures with strange powers could wander about on Earth. In an attempt to counteract this, the Celts had a big party, all about scaring away the ghosts and spirits.

Through the ages, various supernatural entities — including fairies and witches — came to be associated with Halloween. Dressing up as ghosts or witches became fashionable, though as the holiday became more widespread and more commercialised (and with the arrival of mass-manufactured costumes), the selection of disguises for kids and adults greatly expanded beyond monsters to include everything from superheroes to princesses to politicians.

Halloween is always great inspiration for strange and scary stories, which is why this week’s prompt is all about this spooky celebration. Have fun!

Ehud Neuhaus

Weekly Writing Prompt #1

Did you make a New Year's resolution this year? Was it to write daily? Monthly? Or just more regularly? Me too. Have you started? Me neither. So as a bit of a kick in the backside to myself, I have decided to share some writing prompts each week in the hope that by inspiring you, I too will become inspired and put pen to paper a little more.

So to kick it off, here is the first:

Sergey Zolkin

Please feel free to post what you've written. I'd love to see what you come up with!

I know I should have started this at the beginning of the month/year but I figure it is never too late to share a bit of inspiration!