One word inspiration #writing101

When I saw todays topic, I groaned. I find it quite difficult writing to a prompt. I have tried many online creative writing courses that try to inspire ‘creativity’ by the use of prompts. All have failed up to press. I even had an app on my tablet that ‘produced’ a daily prompt. I just don’t get them. I will look at the prompt or prompts and can spend hours trying to build a story around those ideas, with no success. The few short stories that I have posted on here, and those that are buried deep within the hard drive of my laptop, have come from ideas that seem to happen.

I suppose that if there was one word that I could use, it would be ‘regret’. I have always wondered what I would have been, if only I had paid more attention to the English teachers I had at school. I know it’s probably more my fault, but back in the day teachers were different from what they are now. My first English teacher was a rather flamboyant character who I think may have modelled himself on the archetypal public school teacher. He always wore a suit, with a waistcoat, pinstripe trousers and a bow tie. He only needed a monocle and cigarette holder to complete the picture. The second one was more strict and rigid and made everything a chore. Some of us seemed to absorb very little and so now, I find things like punctuation difficult to get right (you may see that this is probably littered with incorrect commas.)

So yes, not taking English more seriously at school is a regret.

There …… did it!

(BTW this will be post 600 …. Yah!)

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2 thoughts on “One word inspiration #writing101

  1. I have to agree with you on prompts. I find one-word prompts great for photo challenges but it’s difficult to write a story based on a word. I loved English in school and had a wonderful teacher who really encouraged me to write, but I didn’t keep it up, except for the odd poem now and again. When I started writing in earnest a few years ago I felt regret that I had done nothing about it over a forty year span – except for joining a writers’ group for a short time. Maybe if I had started earlier I would have been disillusioned with my efforts and given up or if I had been better educated I might have tried to reach too high a standard. But instead, middle-aged and naive, I plowed ahead and just did it, and it worked.

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