October Writing Prompts

1. a dark and stormy night

2. in the shade

3. drained

4. plastic wrap

5. the hunt for __________

6. community

7. packing up his gear

8. pizza delivery

9. a new car

10. mining

11. apple pie

12. scissors

13. humiliation

14. she’s better than that

15. sifting through sand

16. I wish I’d never seen __________

17. across the river

18. mashed potatoes

19. the solution to all problems

20. painting

21. phone book

22. out to dinner

23. fountain

24. peace

25. ready for anything

26. that’s the key

27. it’s futile

28. your slogan

29. a pile of papers

30. generosity

31. a crystal cup

September Writing Prompts

1. chocolate

2. say it with __________

3. what he found out

4. punch line

5. raven

6. trust

7. an emergency

8. turtle

9. in my room

10. __________ was here

11. advanced

12. a beautiful choice

13. racing

14. nevermore

15. chalice

16. soap bubbles

17. later in the year

18. place of birth

19. your policy

20. an apprentice

21. within the lines

22. staff

23. five thousand dollars

24. for the time being

25. a musician’s life

26. contacts

27. for the planet

28. bewildering experience

29. future

30. a screeching halt

August Writing Prompts

1. rake

2. new coat

3. short __________

4. walk a mile

5. ignite

6. kindness

7. genius

8. country road

9. jagged edge

10. out of date

11. policeman

12. delete

13. flying overhead

14. on a mission

15. miniature __________

16. it never worked before

17. a bottle of __________

18. zero gravity

19. an accessory

20. slumlord

21. what you’re longing for

22. a harp

23. too much water

24. a dreadful __________

25. the confrontation

26. rocks

27. on a sailing ship

28. pure __________

29. wild parrot

30. energy

31. damaged

July Writing Prompts

1. a flaw

2. sterilized

3. pretending

4. crystal ball

5. trickle down

6. open __________

7. law breaker

8. the cost of ___________

9. who took it?

10. the patent office

11. cooperation

12. far back in time

13. a label you hate

14. a new spatula

15. hidden from your eyes

16. with a shovel

17. birthright

18. lawnmower

19. follow the __________

20. underground

21. turnip soup

22. bouncing

23. nervousness

24. showers

25. graduation

26. worst case

27. electricity

28. folk singer

29. high class

30. random laughter

31. bowl of ___________

June Writing Prompts

1. missed opportunity

2. a challenge

3. phone rings

4. twelve babies

5. curious animal

6. blogging

7. in a garden

8. gratitude

9. stopped in the road

10. swimming

11. dropped off

12. it surrounds you

13. make a list

14. a mountain

15. in a shambles

16. explore

17. flat tire

18. desk lamp

19. total silence

20. an ID bracelet

21. jumped the fence

22. a joyous moment

23. recovery from __________

24. a working relationship

25. show no fear

26. under control

27. it was pink

28. empty calendar

29. dowsing

30. two hens

May Writing Prompts

1. sanity

2. walk in the park

3. money

4. child’s play

5. small town

6. authority figure

7. I saw it in the sky

8. busy people

9. waterfall

10. under the tree

11. new furniture

12. a cat walks past

13. expenses

14. I never expected __________

15. aroma

16. an obstacle

17. red lines

18. hopelessly romantic

19. cinnamon

20. over the hill

21. something breaks

22. green

23. unexpected entry

24. bearing fruit

25. ridiculous statement

26. it’s all a sham

27. sugar coated

28. wonder woman

29. baseball

30. far from home

31. a joke


The month of April is National Poetry Writing Month, NaPoWriMo to take the NaNoWriMo style of things, and I have in the past been very involved in it. I wanted to be this year as well, and had every intention of doing it, but this year so far I have been so busy most days that I haven’t wanted to do much of anything besides knit and/or crochet and listen to podcasts. I considered doing at least haiku each day, but I didn’t get started, and really, I don’t really want to start a full week in.

I do have the writing urge, though. I want to get back to it, when I have time. I don’t have as much time to myself though. I work 40 hours a week, and often stay up later and thus sleep in later than I probably should. I haven’t had much on my mind specifically to write about either, and I suppose that’s part of my problem too.

It’s already April. Three months into the year. Business is picking up at work, which is good, though I have strong doubts that it will stay this way. This seems the sort of business that runs in cycles. So I’m enjoying this cycle, and putting a little away for the next dip. Maybe when things slow down, I’ll feel a bit more like spending time writing. Or maybe when this baby blanket I’m making for my sister’s new baby due this month is done, I’ll spend more time writing instead of crocheting.

I received from my sister a lot of my mother’s writing, and from one of my aunts several of her letters from when she was in her junior or senior year in high school. I read over it a bit, and found that she had a voice of her own. She also had a tendency to write from her life. The poetry I read was rather interestingly close to some of my own, thematically. I was reminded just how much I am like her. Her novel (though it’s hardly enough to really be considered a novel) is typewritten, on real paper from that era, and part of me wants to just publish it as is. Even if I just have a copy made for myself, my siblings, and any of my relatives who want one.  I don’t want to change my mothers voice with my own. But I also am afraid that in order to be readable, it needs editing. I will have to go back to it when I feel able. I’m not yet.

I will get back to writing. It will happen. Writing is in me, but it’s just not something I can do halfway. I have to be able to put myself into it, and at the moment I can’t do that, so it will percolate. It may come out a bit here and there when I have more time to sit in my office and write instead of listening to the many podcasts I listen to and working on knitting/crocheting/spinning projects. I think it’s okay for it to percolate a while, though.