Writing Prompt Friday (dragon)

WPF Princess Ducky

Hello and welcome back to Writing Prompt Friday! I’m a lifelong learner. A continually curious person. And I’ve learned a few things this week.

  • Never apply liquid eyeliner when the cat’s around.
  • Kind donut shop employees will give me free donuts if I start crying for no reason other than I’m too overwhelmed and exhausted at 5:00 a.m. on a Sunday morning to choose creamer for my coffee.
  • Facebook memes really can spark quality ideas.

And now, on to this week’s writing prompt. Enjoy!

Write a story about a dragon trying to blow out its birthday candles.

Want to share your writing prompt result? Share in the comments.
Yours, Ducky

The truth about feedback

Disney Feedback.png

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that when one hears the word “feedback,” one thinks “criticism.” The face twists in a cringe, and one wants nothing more than to run fast, run far and insert one’s head into a hole in the ground.

Feedback is uncomfortable.

Getting feedback on our work is one thing. That kind of feedback comes with the territory; we expect it and usually take it objectively because it’s about our work, not us. But getting feedback on our professional or personal performance? Yikes.

So let’s shed some light on what feedback really is: a gift. Continue reading

Taking care of your inner hamster

Drawing a Blank

Your writer’s muse is undependable. You’ve got deadlines? The muse is outta there; you’re on your own. Mine lets the door slam behind her on the way out as she calls “Bye, Felicia!” over her well-groomed shoulder as she takes off to enjoy herself while I work.

I’m a copywriter. Deadlines are my daily norm, and I need a source of creativity on which I can rely. I call that source of creativity my little hamster Hortense. When the muse abandons me, Hortense is the one who helps uncover the creative gems that get the job done. She’s not in it for the glamour; she’s there because we have a job to do and we’re in it together.

You, too, have an inner source of creativity.

Take care of it, it’ll take care of you. Continue reading

Writing Prompt Friday (snowy)


Hello and welcome back to Writing Prompt Friday! This week has been reflective. Where am I going in life? How have I been as a human being so far? Am I living a good, kind life right now? Is this eyeshadow too sparkly?

Knowing me, my answers will change from moment to moment, but these are questions always worth trying anyway.

What I have determined to be factually true is that my eyeshadow is, indeed, not too sparkly. And that brings me joy.

On to this week’s writing prompt, which features a lovely image I captured back on a snowy day. Enjoy. Continue reading

Staying social when writing is solitary

Ducks in a Row

Writing itself is solitary. Even if we’re working in an office and surrounded by people, we typically tuck ourselves away, apply our headphones and scurry into our documents with the enthusiasm of a meerkat digging a new downstairs.

Let the others collaborate; I have word magic to conjure.

It’s not that we dislike people (generally speaking). It’s that writing happens in our head. But that creates a problem.

Writing is solitary, but humans are social (even introverted ones like me; don’t tell). We fill our creative wells in countless ways, but one of those needs to be socializing despite the inherently solitary nature of our work.

Socializing keeps us:

  • empathetic
  • in touch with other perspectives
  • connected with other ideas
  • up-to-date with trends and techniques

It’s important, but it’s counter to what we do. So, what do we do? Continue reading