I’m sitting on the pier looking out at the orange sky of the setting sun and wondering where my muse has gone.
The low, dark clouds in front of me remind me of the fact that I haven’t been able to construct a decent sentence, much less an entire post, using the combination of daily prompt words — even my own — that have been offered up over the past week or so.
I try to beseech my muse to inspire me, to grant me a festival of ideas and the words to express them, but she is silent, just as a lamp with no oil left to burn has lost its flame.
I think back and suddenly recall my all time favorite movie, “Young Frankenstein” and that great scene about the door with enormous knockers. A smile comes to my face. An idea enters my brain. I’ll post that scene from the movie!
Yeah, that’s the ticket!
Written for Sadje’s What Do You See prompt. Photo credit: Kenrick Mills @Unsplash.
Also for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (sentence), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (combination), Your Daily Word Prompt (beseech), Word of the Day Challenge (festival), My Vivid Blog (lamp), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (knockers).
Dr. Tanya, over at Salted Caramel, has this prompt called “5 Things,” where she asks us to list five things about a particular topic. For this week’s topic, she’s asking about five types of posts we love to write. So, in no particular order…
Flash fiction — I enjoy writing flash fiction posts, many of which are stories I create in response to word or photo prompts from other bloggers.
Prompt posts — I enjoy writing and hosting prompt posts that other bloggers can use for inspiration.
Non-fiction posts — Most such posts these days are about the lunacy of American politics or other current events with commentary, personal perspectives, and opinions about what is going on in the world around us.
Q&A posts — There are a number of bloggers who regularly pose questions for us to answer. Sometimes the questions are serious ones, sometimes they are a mixture of serious and funny ones, and sometimes they are all fun and games. I enjoy trying to display common sense, wisdom, and wit in my responses to such Q&A prompts.
This, that, and the other posts — This is a catch-all since there are no other specific types of posts I “love” to write. I will occasionally try to write poetry, but I’m really bad at it. And I enjoy Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday prompt, but that’s about it when it comes to writing posts that focus on music.
For this week’s edition of Blogging Insights, Dr. Tanya poses her third in a series of questions about what inspires us to blog. She wants to know…
What are some unusual or out of the way sources of inspiration that get you writing?
This is a toughie because for the past 15 months or so, thanks to the pandemic, I haven’t been to any unusual or out of the way places to find unusual or out of the way sources for my writing. Most of my inspiration comes from the usual sources: news, prompts, or my personal life experiences.
That said, when I write flash fiction posts, my inspiration often emanates from inside my head via my own imagination, which can, at times, be a very unusual and out of the way place, with myriad catacombs, dark corners, bright flashes of light, and continuously firing synapses.
Bottom line: I have no good answers to Dr. Tanya’s question this week.
Do you outline your posts (planning) or do you just go ahead by the seat of your pants (pantzing)?
There are two ways of looking at this question. I’m not sure which way Tanya meant, so I’m going to answer it from both perspectives.
One interpretation of the question is how you go about writing an individual post. Do you plan what you are going to write by creating an outline and then building your post around that outline? Or do you just start writing and see where it takes you? I’m the latter. I never outline my posts. I have a general idea of what I want to say, especially when it comes to writing flash fiction, and then I just start writing. Sometimes even I am surprised by where my writing takes me.
The other way to interpret Tanya’s question has to do with scheduling your posts in advance versus writing them more spontaneously. I do both.
For my FOWC with Fandango daily word challenge, I schedule my prompts up to two weeks in advance. For this month’s Blogging from A to Z (BATZAP) challenge, I schedule them up to a week in advance. And for my Flashback Friday prompts, I usually schedule them a few days in advance. Oh, I also write my posts for Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday prompts on Friday or Saturday for posting at 3 a.m. my time on Sunday morning. But that’s because he tells us in advance what his upcoming SLS themes are going to be.
But most of my other posts are more seat of the pants. For example, I frequently put together posts in response to multiple daily prompts, which I obviously can’t do in advance as I have no idea, other than for my own FOWC prompt, what words the other bloggers who post daily word challenges will use. The same goes to the other writing prompts I participate in, like this one, like Melanie’s Share Your World prompt, like the various Mindlovemisery Menagerie prompts, and a number of others, given that I don’t know until the boggers publish those prompts, what the prompt picture or subject will be.
In this week’s edition of Blogging Insights, Dr. Tanya continues to want to know our thoughts on prompts. She asks…
Before you have written a prompt post, if you read someone else’s response that has the same idea as yours, do you abandon the project, modify it, or continue as before?
As I mentioned last week, most of the time, I don’t read other bloggers’ posted answers to prompts before I post my own, as I don’t want how others responded to the prompts to influence how I will respond. However, if I do happen to read another blogger’s response and it is similar to what I was thinking about writing for the prompt, I will go back to the proverbial drawing board and try to come up with a different angle for my response.
We are all fans of Q&A prompts. How do they spark creativity in you?
I try to come up with witty responses to the questions. But except for Fibbing Friday, where our answers are not supposed to be actual correct answers, I do answer the questions honestly, but still in a what I hope is a humorous manner.