Feel helpless in your writing?

A bird flew into our window the other morning.   He sat up after a few minutes and stared into space.  We set a plastic cap of water in front of him with some birdseed in case he needed refreshment.

Fortunately, after an hour of recovery he flew away.   

Writing prompt:

1.  When was the last time you suffered a shock; something that put you in a daze for awhile?  Write about this experience and how you reacted.  Did it change your behavior afterwards?

2.  Have you ever worried about someone or something that was totally out of your control?  Write about this situation. 

3.  Create a conflict for your protagonist making him feel helpless.  How does she/he reactThoughts?  Feelings?  When can he act to create a difference?

4.  Choose one of the bold printed words in this blog and write a story, poem, or personal experience based on it.

5.  Do you ever feel lost or helpless during your writing process?  Stuck when it comes to marketing your work?  Journal about your thoughts and feelings.  But recover as much as you can with positive thinking with support from your writing friends.  Thoughts create actions which promote good writing.  Remember, even the best, most successful writers have been lost in their process and have received many rejections.  Read Working Days; The Journals of The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck .  It’s a fabulous look at how a remarkable writer wrote and viewed his process.   A couple of great quotes about writing:  

“A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult that it is for other people.”  Thomas Mann

“There is nothing to writing.  All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.”   Red Smith

“Easy reading is hard writing.”  Anonymous

And remember,  Madeleine L’Engle’s  A WRINKLE IN TIME was turned down 29 times.

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