In part one of this series I explored some of the different meanings of the noun “loss”. Today I’m going to explore the verb “find” in a similar way. My copy of the Oxford English Dictionary gives me fifteen definitions, whilst the on-line version gives nearer twenty.
The prompt I am taking inspiration from today asks me to write about the home I lived in when I was twelve, and to pay particular attention to sentence lengths whilst doing so.
When I moved to Bath to go to university it was the first time I’d lived anywhere that wasn’t my childhood home. Since then I’ve moved a couple more times. One of those times was all the way to Finland. But for the entirety of my childhood I lived in the same house.
Today I’m taking inspiration from another Writing 101 prompt. You might be wondering why I’m telling you that here in the actual blog post rather than in a happy little italicised note at the top like I’ve been doing all the other times. Well, it’s because the twist for today is to write in my own voice.
Uh… Wait, what’s my voice like?
The Writing 101 prompt that I am using as inspiration today is an interesting one. It involves writing a scene based on a provided paragraph. The twist is to write it from three different points of view.
It’s a fine day. The sun warms my back and the clicking of my knitting needles is a soothing sound. A couple are walking along the path towards me, holding hands. They both seem lost in their thoughts.
I pause for a moment to count stitches. I’ve been knitting for so many years now that I can let my mind wander without fear of messing up, but I like to check now and then. Continue reading
Yesterday when I was browsing blog posts I came across this poem about books. It gives life to books and its depiction of books resonated with me.
I love to read. I adore books. I always have and I am sure I always will. I’ve been known to spend whole evenings, whole days even, engrossed in a book. Whilst it may look like I’m sat on the sofa reading, that’s not entirely true. Continue reading
Today I am taking inspiration from another Writing 101 prompt. The prompt suggests taking a trip to a public location and reporting on what is seen there, without using any adverbs. It’s not really convenient for me to go out anywhere now (it’s dark here already…) so I’m going to do this as a work written in hindsight. I’m also going to try to keep it relatively short.
The leaves on the trees are starting to turn, their colours changing from green to gold. Soon it will be time for them to fall. They will flutter to the ground, graceful in their deaths. Some have fallen already. The brisk wind shakes them from the branches. A few huddle together in crisp piles at the base of the tree trunks, still fewer are scattered further afield, forever lost from their fellows. Continue reading
The prompt I am working on today (from Writing 101) is to compare and contrast two things. The special twist on this is to write it as a dialogue. I decided to write it as a conversation between our cats, because that seemed like a fun thing to do.
“They like me more, of course.” Lola said, swishing her tail languidly.
Elvis curled his lip. “Nonsense,” he replied, “how could you possibly believe that?”
“Well I am prettier than you.” Continue reading
The Writing 101 prompt I am following today is to write about an interesting person I have met this year. Bearing in mind the lesson of yesterday, I am aiming for a nice concise post today. I can but try.
I am a shy person. An introvert. I’d rather spend an evening with a good book than out among the crowds in a bar or club. As such, it’s not often that I meet new people. And that’s fine with me.
It’s not that I don’t like people. Far from it. I love to learn people’s stories, it appeals to the writer in me. My brain files away personality quirks and interesting expressions ready to be drawn on to flesh out the characters in my writing. But I can only take people in small doses. Too many people and the energy is sapped right out of me. Continue reading
Today’s post is inspired by a Writing 101 prompt. The instructions are to write a story about finding a letter. The twist is to make it as brief as possible, which seems ironic considering how long my last post ended up being! I decided to aim for 150 words, then decided to challenge myself to reduce it. Final count is exactly 100 words.
Paper flutters on a branch. Litter, again. I catch it before the wind does.
The house is too quiet. I enter the garage and place the paper on top of the recycling.
Words catch my eye. Continue reading
This post is inspired by a Writing 101 prompt. The instructions are to write about loss, and make the post the first of a three part series. The subsequent parts of the series will follow in the next couple of weeks.
The word “loss” is one of those that has many different definitions. The Oxford English Dictionary gives nine to choose from, and even those are further subdivided. That’s a lot of options to choose from when it comes to talking about loss. In this post we’ll explore a few of them, in no particular order.