Saturday Scribes Writing Prompt: Aug. 29th

To quote Charles Bukowski:

ah, the swift summers
over and gone
forever!

is that death
stalking me
now?

no, it’s only my cat,
this
time.

Summer’s nearing its end here in the Great White North, the bright red-gold days and chill windy nights of autumn just around the corner. Think I’ll take my notebook outside today, soak up a few of those late-summer rays.

Theme: The Five Senses

Words:
sympathy
error
fraction

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Writing Quotes: The Inherent Dilemma

The cure for writer’s cramp is writer’s block.
~ Inigo DeLeon

The only cure for writer’s block is insomnia.
~ Merit Antares

If I’m trying to sleep, the ideas won’t stop. If I’m trying to write, there appears a barren nothingness.
~ Carrie Latet

Quotes sources: quotegarden.com,  quotationspage.com

Saturday Scribes Writing Prompt: Aug. 22nd

A couple of maintenance notes before we get to today’s prompts.

First, regarding the contributor’s list on the left… If you’ve been coming here for a while now and would like to be added to the list, just make a note of it with your root blog address in this week’s comments (if you have more than one writing blog, use the one that’s the most likely place where you’ll be posting Sat. Scribes stuff).  Having your link on the contributors list assumes that you’ll be making an effort to show up here at least once or twice a month.  Of course, new folks are always welcome to participate – we love seeing new faces, so feel free to tell all your friends and invite them on over.
 
The second is just a friendly reminder that this kind of weekly meme only works if we all make an effort to visit other people’s sites as well as posting our own links.  Since I know most writers are as busy as anyone else with family and day jobs (the ones that actually allow you to pay the rent), here are a few suggestions to help keep this an active writing community without expecting anyone to have hours of free time on their hand.  My rule of thumb is to try and visit at least three other writer’s sites – it doesn’t take very long, and if everyone does it, then everyone will have at least three other people reading their stuff, which gives everyone a nice warm fuzzy inside.   And while you’re there, it’s great if you can give the writer that bit of feedback we all crave.  Unfortunately, separated as many of us are by the digital gulf, comments are the only way we have of knowing that someone actually dropped by (not counting psychic powers).   It doesn’t have to be anything profound – just a note that you liked a particular phrase, or thought the imagery was cool, or whatever.  If you want to offer a bit of gentle criticism, phrasing it as a question is one way to do it (e.g. “what did you mean by that bit there?”).  Combining it with a positive is another way to go (e.g. “I really like this bit, but found that last bit rather confusing/obscure/contradictory”).

All that said, it’s been great fun to follow everyone’s takes on the weekly prompts; I’m always amazed by how people can start off on the same path, and go in so many wildly different directions.  Good work, all!  Without further ado, here are today’s prompts:

Theme: Fragility

Words:
phoenix
snail
river

As usual, remember comments are semi-moderated, so don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up right away. Newcomers 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: Being a Writer

Life can’t ever really defeat a writer who is in love with writing, for life itself is a writer’s lover until death – fascinating, cruel, lavish, warm, cold, treacherous, constant.
~ Edna Ferber, A Kind of Magic, 1963

A writer and nothing else: a man alone in a room with the English language, trying to get human feelings right.
~ John K. Hutchens, New York Herald Tribune, 10 September 1961 

Quotes source: quotegarden.com

Saturday Scribes Writing Prompt: Opposites Day

I know I said it would be back to basics for August, but the truth is I get bored easily, so I decided to flip things around this week.  Rather than finding a way to weave certain words into your writing, you’ll be having to avoid the temptation to use the following five most common words in the English language*:

  1. the
  2. of
  3. and
  4. a
  5. to

That’s it.  Five little words that you’re not allowed to use. And because that might be considered, well, a little bit mean, I’ll keep the theme broad (and optional) for this week:

     Fiction

For those of you who are primarily poets (or normally non-fiction writers), and want to stretch your boundaries a little, consider it an added challenge.  For the rest of you, it should be a walk in the park, so no whining!

[* according to this list, also this one (although it ranks them differently); Wiki has a different list altogether, so if you feel like straying from the pack you can use their list instead]

As usual, remember comments are semi-moderated, so don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up right away. Newcomers can learn more about Saturday Scribes here (including how to do a permalink to your post) and read the prompt guidelines here.

Writing funnies

Chucklesome writerly tidbits courtesy of Nienke over on The Writing Life (her formatting is nicer than the site she magpied them from).  I think my favourite has to be the one about the double negatives:

A linguistics professor was lecturing to his English class one day. “In English,” he said, “a double negative forms a positive. In some languages, though, such as Russian, a double negative is still a negative. However, there is no language wherein a double positive can form a negative.”

A voice from the back of the room piped up, “Yeah, right.”

Weekly Writing Quotes: Why we love it

I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.
~ James Michener

To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music the words make.
~ Truman Capote, McCall’s, November 1967

Writing became such a process of discovery that I couldn’t wait to get to work in the morning: I wanted to know what I was going to say.
~ Sharon O’Brien

Quotes source: quotegarden.com

Saturday Scribes Writing Prompt: August 8th

Um, it’s just me – Mr. Darcy. I’m setting things up for this week. I can tell you I was really tempted to use either nasty, brutish and short as the three word prompt OR use the dictionary dot com word of the day for the last three days – but the dictionary dot come words were much more nasty, brutish and longer than any we have done so far – so I decided it was not a good idea.

So, instead I reached into my scalp and plucked out what you see below. And remember kids – do try this at home – then post your link here for others to enjoy.

Theme: Serenity

Words:
potato
lipstick
fuselage

Also, 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: Why We Write . . .

If I don’t write to empty my mind, I go mad. ~Lord Byron

When once the itch of literature comes over a man, nothing can cure it but the scratching of a pen. But if you have not a pen, I suppose you must scratch any way you can. ~Samuel Lover, Handy Andy, 1842

Quotes source: quotegarden.com