Saturday Scribes Writing Prompt: August 1st

It’s back to basics for the month of August. This week’s prompts are courtesy of Magpie. Next week’s writing prompts will be hosted by The Amazing Mr. Darcy (same bat time, same bat channel, different guy inside the suit).

Theme: Catalyst


As usual, remember comments are semi-moderated, so don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up right away. Between me and Mr. Darcy we’ll make sure everything gets posted. Newbies can learn more about Saturday Scribes here (including how to do a permalink to your post) and read the prompt guidelines here.


Weekly Writing Quotes: Writing comes from…

There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.
~ Walter Wellesley “Red” Smith

A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.
~ Charles Peguy

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Saturday Scribes Writing Prompt – July 25th

To Rhyme, or Not To Rhyme?

The Theme for this week is POETRY.
But, there’s a twist – or three.

This week’s challenge was inspired by a dilemma faced by our erstwhile singers at a recent choir practice, which involved people arguing over which verses of a (rather longish) song to do.  The problem was, the lyrics were all rather horrible.  The rhymes in particular were downright unethical – by which I mean, torture of the ears and tongue was involved merely in speaking them aloud.  Which made me think about the fate of so many poor words, once full of grace and beauty, that have over the years been trammeled into the muck of hackneyed insipidness through misuse or overuse.  And so, your task this week, brave writers, is to rescue those poor words from the depths of cliché hell, to bring them back from the brink of meaninglessness, to recapture the majesty and power these words might have once wielded.  Actually, most of the words on their own aren’t in that bad shape, it’s when they’re combined in rhyming couplets and triplets that they meet their worst fate.

Your quest – should you choose to accept it – is to take three rhyming words (the cheezier the rhyme, the better), and use each of the words in a context that (a) doesn’t rhyme them with other words, and (b) tries to recapture some innate beatific quality of the word that may have been lost over time.

Now, this does not mean you can’t submit a rhyming poem – as usual, the form of your creative endeavour is completely up to you.  The only rule is that you can’t rhyme the words to each other, or to other similar sounding words.  You also don’t have to submit a poem – the theme of poetry can be interpreted however you see fit.

The following are examples only.  You can pick one of these, or you can make up your own set of three rhyming words (just make sure if you choose the latter, that you list the three words somewhere at the beginning or end of your post, so people know what you were getting at).

Triad Examples:

  Moon, June, croon
  Rain, plain, Spain
  Arise, lies, surmise
  Bees, knees, please

   …you get the idea.

As always – have fun!  Be brave. Go where no writer has gone before.
And the usual reminders: Please remember to include the permalink to your post, and don’t panic if your comments don’t show up right away – they’ll all reappear in good time.

Weekly Writing Quotes: Writing is…

Writing, I think, is not apart from living. Writing is a kind of double living. The writer experiences everything twice. Once in reality and once in that mirror which waits always before or behind.
~ Catherine Drinker Bowen, Atlantic, December 1957

The process of writing has something infinite about it. Even though it is interrupted each night, it is one single notation.
~ Elias Canetti

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Saturday Scribes Writing Prompt: July 18th

Trying something a little different today.  You might notice that there are two bonus words, below.  As usual, you can choose to write on either the theme, the word prompts, or both, as you see fit. However, as an extra added incentive for this week, anyone who manages to work both the theme and all five words into their writing will get a splendiferous banner of accomplishment that they can proudly display on their website of choice.  Now, if that doesn’t totally geek you out, I don’t know what will.  Have fun!  Oh – and please remember to include the permalink to your post when you comment.  Thanks!

Theme: Serendipity

Three Words:

Bonus Words

Weekly Writing Quotes: Why We Write

You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.
~ Ray Bradbury

I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all.
~ Richard Wright, American Hunger, 1977

The writer writes in order to teach himself, to understand himself, to satisfy himself; the publishing of his ideas, though it brings gratification, is a curious anticlimax.
~ Alfred Kazin, Think, February 1963

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Saturday Scribes Writing Prompt: July 11th

This week’s prompts are courtesy of Magpie.

Theme: Communication

Three Words:

If you’re new to this game, you can read up on prompt guidelines here and find out more about us here. Regarding comments: Don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up right away. I’ll be checking regularly to make sure they all get through.

Writing Quotes: Samuel Langhorne Clemens

On when to write:

The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction. By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is you really want to say.
~ Mark Twain

On how to write:

Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very;” your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.
~ Mark Twain

On the significance of words:

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.
~ Mark Twain

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Saturday Scribes Weekly Prompt: July 4th

Welcome back to the Saturday Scribes weekly prompt. If you’re new to the game, you can find the prompt guidelines here, and learn more about us here.

Theme: Landscape
Remember, the theme can be interpreted in many different ways – there’s no such thing as a wrong interpretation. It could be an ordinary landscape, but it could also be the landscape of the mind, or an alien planet, or something else all together. Let your imagination be your guide.

Four words:

Since everyone’s been doing so well with the three-word prompt, I thought I’d make it a little more challenging this week. I’m sure all our keen Saturday Scribblers are up to the task – should they choose to accept it.

One last reminder: You can write on just the theme, or just the word prompt, or both – it’s up to you. Or, if you feel like going in an altogether different direction, feel free to post anyhow – let us know what inspired you this week!

Weekly Writing Quotes: What’s in a Word?

Words are but the vague shadows of the volumes we mean. Little audible links, they are, chaining together great inaudible feelings and purposes.
~ Theodore Dreiser, 1900

Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

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