Saturday Scribes Writing Prompt: June 27

Yes, it’s that time again – time for the Saturday Scribes weekly prompt!  If you’ve been here before, you know what to do.  If you’re new – welcome!  Prompt guidelines can be found in the links on the left-hand side, under “What we’re all about”. 

Theme: Water
Maybe it’s all the rain and humidity we’ve been having lately, but I’ve definitely got water on my mind this week.  As usual, you can feel free to interpret the theme any way you want. 
Three Words:
Remember: all three words have to appear in your writing somewhere. That said, any form of creative writing is fair game, and you can use the words any way you see fit.


Weekly Writing Quotes: On Inspiration

There is often a mysterious sense of “otherness” when it comes to writing: the idea of stories fully formed just waiting to get out; uncooperative characters yanking the plot right out of the writer’s hands and having their own way with it; ethereal muses dropping ideas into our head as we sleep.

The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible. ~Vladimir Nabakov

The story I am writing exists, written in absolutely perfect fashion, some place, in the air. All I must do is find it, and copy it. ~Jules Renard, “Diary,” February 1895

It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page. ~Joan Baez

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Saturday Scribes writing prompt: June 20

Okay, here’s how it works.

For the theme prompt:
You can interpret the theme any way you want – literally, figuratively, fancifully, ironically – it’s up to you.  Any kind of creative writing is fair game, be it prose, poetry, or general musings on life, the universe and everything. Sometimes it helps to go away for a few hours and let the idea stew and simmer; other times you might find yourself spontaneously inspired to scribble something down right away.  Go with what moves you.
The idea is to write something new, to spark up those drowsy neurons and get the creative wires humming, but if you feel particularly bereft of motivation, posting something old is okay too.

For the word prompt:
Each word has to be used somewhere in your writing, whether it be a poem or story, one-act play or soliloquy. It won’t always be three words.  Sometimes it will be two, or four.  It might even be a phrase.

Write.  Post what you wrote on your blog (or your friend’s blog).  Come back here and put the permalink to your post in the comments section. Sometime over the weekend, check out the other writers’ posts, and comment if you feel like it. Simple as that.

With that out of the way, here are this week’s prompts:

Theme:  Transitions
We’re at the cusp of spring turning over into summer, which for many people means a significant shifting of gears. May of us are going through other transitions as well – some exhilarating, others confusing or frightening; some gentle, some less so.  What does the word conjure up for you?  What transitions are you going through right now?

Three words:

Now go write something, already!

And so it begins

Welcome to Saturday Scribes, a new writing community hosted by the Saturday Night Psychos.  (Don’t worry, we’re not nearly as scary as we sound.)  Every Friday, we’ll post a writing theme or prompt to help get the creative juices flowing.  The idea is to write something – anything creative, be it a poem, story, novel excerpt, musing, blog entry, you name it – based on the theme or prompt.  We’re not looking for polished, edited work – this is a chance to let your imagination run free.  Gag and bind that inner editor if you have to. 

On Saturday, comments will be opened so people can post a link to whatever they’ve written.  Please make sure to include the permalink to your post, rather than a link to the main page of your blog.  To find the permalink, click on the title of your post, then copy and paste the url from your browser window.  It will look something like this:  or like this:

There are only a few simple rules:

  • Write something.  Whatever moves you at the time.  If it doesn’t fit with the theme, that’s fine; tell us why you chose to do something else instead -or don’t.  The main thing is to write.
  • No plagiarizing.  This should be an obvious one.  If you want to link to another writer’s work, please be clear that you’re doing so and properly acknowledge any other writer’s contribution.
  • Keep it civil.  If you’re linking to something with adult language or themes, please make a note of it when you post your link.  Rants are fine, but we don’t want to see anything hateful or hurtful.  This is meant to be a supportive community.
  • No slamming or belittling other writers.  Keep any criticism constructive.  If a writer wants help with more serious critiqueing, they’ll usually say so in their post.  Remember, we’re trying to encourage each other in our writerly endeavours, after all!

That’s about it.  Welcome aboard, and have fun!