writing prompt friday: happy tale

Hello and welcome back to Writing Prompt Friday. I live outside Seattle, which like most cities on the American West Coast, has been struggling. Fires. Protests. Worst air quality ever, which has made me pretty sick.

I’m fortunate. And grateful. Very grateful. We’re okay. But it leads into this week’s writing prompt, which I think everyone could use right now.

Write the happiest story you can imagine.

Make it at least 500 words.

Any topic. Any characters. Any theme. Whatever you want. But just when you think your story can’t get happier, add something to make it happier.

For example, maybe a zombie princess mermaid fairy finally wins the Miss Universe contest… AND takes home a Nobel Prize for saving unicorns from extinction. Okay, I kinda want to write that one. And I’ll throw in some pandas eating ice cream while wearing bunny rabbit costumes.

You get the idea. Whatever the word “happy” means to you right now, put it on paper. Then add some more happy.

Until next time, Ducky

writing prompt: sun go boom

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Hello and welcome back to Writing Prompt Friday. Today is the Friday before a 3-day weekend here in the U.S. In unrelated news, I ate cookies and milk for lunch so I can get off work earlier. Feeling like an adult.

And now, on to this week’s writing prompt…

What if the sun suddenly fell from the sky?

Until next week, enjoy your cookies. Or pie. Or veggies; those are good, too. Whatever your favorite treat, stay safe and healthy.

Yours, Ducky

writing prompt friday: sale

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Hello and welcome back to Writing Prompt Friday! I had a conversation with my cat Henwen this week. Turns out, I need to feed her every minute of every day, give her cuddles whenever she wants, make her bed and play with her whenever she wants. Part of me wants to have the same conversation with my husband, but since Henwen isn’t getting everything she wants, I doubt I will either. Nice thought, though.

And now, this week’s writing prompt…

You find yourself for sale on eBay. Also, you’re a doll.

Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Yours, Ducky

Writing Prompt Friday (Valentine’s Day)

WPF_02152019Hello and welcome back to Writing Prompt Friday! Most of all, happy Valentine’s Day. If you’re a regular, thank you for stopping by. I appreciate the likes, comments, shared stories and the fact that you take time out of your day to visit. Any readership is a privilege, and I appreciate you. If you’re new here, I appreciate your visit and hope you get some benefit (as in, please write that story that’s been percolating in your spirit).

Happy Valentine’s Day. I hope you have a lovely one.

And now, on to this week’s writing prompt…

Write a Disney-esque version of Romeo and Juliet.

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

Yours, Ducky

Why NaNoWriMo 2019 is not for me

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As many of you know, November is coming up and with it, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Now, I love that for an entire month, writers gear up for a marathon of dedicated writing at the cost of personal time, family time, work time (I assume) and in some cases, personal hygiene—or so I’ve read. For writers who need an organized kick in the tail and the public support of fellow writers who’ve made the same commitment, I wholeheartedly shout, “Sally forth sweet souls!”

I’m not one of those writers. Not because I’m prolific year-round (I’m not) or because I shun organized, public activity (I do).

NaNoWriMo is not for me because the tradeoffs are not worth for me.

My busiest time of year

Family birthdays, Halloween, Thanksgiving, my birthday, Christmas, and during it all, visiting family. Three months of celebrations and peopling kicks off in October and runs into January. I don’t have a month to spare to log several thousand words a day to make NaNoWriMo’s 50,000 word count or support fellow writers as they try to make word counts, too. I also don’t have time in October to prepare—and NaNoWriMo takes preparation.

Quality of life

Empty Inside LolCatI have a full-time job, a commute, a home to keep clean for my own sanity and a cat that does not fall under the “low maintenance” category of felines. I also love spending time with my husband.

My hands are filled with daily life, earning a living and making room for more books (also important). Throwing in the pressure to write 50,000 words in a month will take a memorable toll on these other, more important aspects of my life.

Besides, my cat has never respected “Mommy needs to write, so please get off my keyboard.”

Low quality work, low self esteem

grammer-lolcatIf I’m going to bust my tail writing a novel in a month, I want something worth editing at the end. I’m still cobbling together short stories; I’m not in the right stage of growth as a creative writer to draft a novel-length I think is worth the 50,000-word marathon.

Meanwhile, I’d get to participate in NaNoWriMo alongside others who are already published, have already completed novels or are dedicated, budding writers who live, eat and breathe writing in a way reserved for those in that magical stage of life. I already have a well-developed case of Imposter Syndrome; participating in NaNoWriMo would not help.

I’m working on other projects. I’m writing my short stories. But I’m not participating in NaNoWriMo.

For those of you who are participating, however, I hope you kick some creative tail and come out the other side as a super-powered writer with your sanity intact and a first draft we’ll all soon be reading.

How to Prepare for NaNoWriMo from NY Book Editors has some good advice, which is good for writing in general.

NaNoWriMo: The Good, The Bad, and The Really, Really Ugly by Chris Brecheen offers thoughtful, balanced perspective on why or why not participate. Highly suggest every writer read this one.

How to Prepare for NaNoWriMo: Top 5 Tips by Leila Dewji offers straightforward advice on getting ready before you get started.

What about you? Do you plan on participating in NaNoWriMo? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Sincerely, Ducky