Hello Wednesday. I missed you last week.

Today’s self-prompt is inspiration. I always found the single-word Daily Post Daily Prompts to be lame, but they were at least an inspiration starting point and, more importantly, connected a group of promptees who became a community.

Where that community has gone I have no idea. I feel kind of stranded; do you? I wonder seriously how difficult it must have been to post one word a day with links to the community chest— I can’t judge because it’s been a long time since I worked on a serious website without a template (like this one).

There are lots of resources with daily prompts, and some with groups of participants that connect. But I grew comfortable with this one, and now need to stop finding excuses for skipping my daily entries and get to work. I have the old Daily Post 365 days of prompts and may start there. Or I have other quite interesting lists. What will you do?

In lieu of any inspiration whatsoever, may I present a few of my favourite cartoons?

cartoon yardbirds begat

cartoons womans point of view

cartoon stop picking at it

See you tomorrow for Throwback Thursday!


Prompts for the Promptless

Prompt: Longing

kim kardashian

I am longing, as others are (judging by the decrease in the number of submissions to Prompt of the Day) for prompts that involve more than one word, because I can pick out a dictionary word, or ask my partner what he dreamed about and get a word. I have “Word of the Day” delivered to my email inbox daily– which I highly recommend– all wonderfully inspirational and often unusual words, which I so far have chosen not to write about.

But a writing community is a community. I am relatively new to the Daily Post Prompt of the Day, and I occasionally see slightly irritated posts relating to the repetition of the prompts. There is a link on the site called Submit a Prompt which I suspect we could think about using, instead of puzzling over this new one-word phenomenon.

There is nothing wrong with one-word prompts; it’s just that the Prompt of the Day, during my brief participation, has not been one-word. People like me can be inflexible and disrupted when things change. In an effort not to be that wuss, I will continue to give it a go.

In the meantime, for anyone going through prompt withdrawal, here are a few prompts to get you through the rough patch:

  1. You are the black sheep of the Kardashian family. Describe a day in your life.
  2. You have a new invention for Dragon’s Den (or Shark Tank), a TV program where entrepreneurs pitch their sometimes odd business ideas and hope to get investments. What is your idea and how do you pitch it?
  3. It’s a divisive world these days. What happens when two people of radically opposing views get stranded on that desert island? A liberal and a conservative. A fundamentalist and an atheist. You and your racist uncle. Be fearless.
  4. What kind of person would you be if you were the opposite gender?
  5. You have just become the supreme ruler of a huge and varied civilization, which no one can see but you. Are you crazy?

Have fun!