Daily Writing With A Weekly Prompt #8


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Phew, what a week.
How's you're writing progressing along?

Did you know I wrote a stack of stuff this week but not one word on my novel? How frustrating. 
My cat, Silky Smoochy, has plenty of advice on passing time. She never let's a days writing get in the way of her fun. Isn't it so often said that you learn everything in life from your cat?
Life is way too short. If only I could go back to my younger self and warn her of the traps of "taking it easy", too easy, that is.

If I did go back there'd be no mobile phones, no color television and no internet! God forbid. How did we ever survive without the internet? Please don't take me back!

So, by now you're asking, where the heck is she going with all this?

You guessed it ~ to this weeks prompt ~ a sense of TIME.

Well then off you go, write 200 words or more using the sense of TIME.

If you are stuck for a starting point ~ here are a few prompters:


The year was...

Computers had...

Jack chiseled the stone...

It was only...


Good Luck! 

[Don't forget to leave your comments to give me the sense that someone out there actually reads this blog].


Note: It is a good thing to give a sense of time without stating the obvious, like it was the year 1999. This sounds boring and written often enough begins to look like a list. Time can be expressed in so many other ways. Have a think about time other than in the forms of o'clock, minutes, days, months, years etc. For instance if I said to you, "Anne Frank wrote in her diary" you would know that it was around the time of the holocaust and she wrote during her days at the concentration camp in Belsen. Now skip to the loo, get to it!



















Daily Witing With A Weekly Prompt # 7

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How'd you go this week?


Did you approach anything differenlty?

How's your word count?

Whatever you achieved - you're doing well, keep at it!

This weeks prompt involves another of the senses. The sense of TASTE.

Write 200 words or more using the sense of TASTE

If you are stuck for a starting point -

Here are a few prompters:

It was...

It happened...

I was only...

Good Luck! Don't forget to leave your comments.

Zak's On The Shelf - Your Writing Life Within Reach...


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Today, consider what's important to you as a writer.

For Zak, it's about space and decreasing distractions. About having the resources needed at hand, being able to write when he wants and how he chooses.

It struck, Zak, today that his writing resources like his books on writing, dictionaries, favorite quotes and various other bits and pieces collected over the years are all over the place. There is no particular order or set area for the things he loves to use.

How many times have you looked at a good book on writing, only to put it somewhere and later seek it out discovering you've forgotten where you put it? [Or, is that just Zak?]

You might have a thousand books but only a favorite few you use regularly.

Most cooks have a spot for their cookery books, while all other books are found all around the house. Some people have bookshelves randomly scattered with fiction, non-fiction, "how to" books, glossy covered books and often there is no rhyme or reason to their assortment.

Today, Zak's, decided to create a space for his favorite writing utensils!

It will take some time to sort out all the crap accumulated over the years - perhaps he may even have to throw some junk out - heaven forbid.

There's a Grammar CD, Stephen King's; On Writing, Kathi Wyldeck's; Everday Spelling and Grammar and his favorite; Eats, Shoots and Leaves which he put somewhere. Now, where is that book? Did he lend it to someone?

Zak's gone to find that book. He'll be back...

How Do You Find Time To Write?


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Finding time to write is probably the biggest bugbear of a writer (or would-be writer). Especially if you have many interests. It means you may have to force yourself to find time to write.

If your writing competes against many other interests (as it does with me) it can be particularly difficult. Take a look at how sporadic this blog is! I don't pressure myself over this, although, IF, I am speaking truthfully, I do suffer a tad bit of guilt when I choose to avoid the blog post. But, this decision is a conscious one - I choose not to post and this is my choice for better or worse - suffer the consequences. 

The better answer to explaining how we should find time to write is simply: make it important, schedule time for writing and prioritize. It's all about good time management.

Life is such an exciting experience that finding time to write means finding time to sit and ponder your thoughts as opposed to getting out amongst it.

For me in particular it's hard to find time to write because I believe that one of the most important things about being able to write is to get your experience of life across to your reader and this means getting out and experiencing things so you have something say. This also becomes an excuse to avoid writing to the detriment of improving skills and progressing in the craft. 

The most obvious answer to finding time to write is to schedule it with a priority, as we do for other things.

But, having said that, another question pops up...

Time to Write: Discovering the Writer Within After 50When do you stop being so active in life and start to write?

Being preoccupied with the many different things we can do means finding time to write seems almost impossible. It takes time to write and a few thoughts and words can chew into hours! As I've said before, anything you want to do well like tennis, golf or bowling takes time and dedicated hours of practice and so it goes with writing.

To help you decide how much time you should spend writing you should decide where your writing fits in your life.

Do you write for yourself as a hobby? Perhaps you keep a journal.
Journal writing is meant to be private although with the growth of technology it seems nothing is personal anymore.

If you decide you want to write for others then you will need to dedicate a lot more time to your art. You may have to distance yourself from what you write and practice critical and objective thinking. You will need to pull your writing apart and question every word you write. 

Writing for others is about making a human connection. The reader wants to hear words from your soul and receive a bit of that magic you feel when you write. It must be engaging and feel as though you're entering another world. The one the writer alone can create.

When writing is done successfully it allows the reader to experience an intimacy that can only be shared by the reader with his writer.

Time to Write: Professional writers reveal how to fit writing into your busy lifeLet's write!

Daily Writing With A Weekly Prompt #6

Okay, we slacked off last week so this week we, WRITE!

Did you write this week?

Usual question, how many words?

Whatever you achieved - Celebrate IT!

This weeks prompt involves the sense of SEEING.

Write 200 words or more using the sense of seeing.

If you are stuck for a starting point -

TO GET you writing about seeing - What are some of the things you see? What types of things do we see everyday? Do you see cats stroking their coats with their tongues? Is it possible to see feelings? What signals do people show when communicating apart from using their voices? What do you see in a shopping centre? What does a train station look like? Clearly, visualize all the sights taking place then write about them. It might be a good idea to choose just one...

Daily Writing With A Weekly Prompt # 5...

Did you write every day this week?

How many words this time?

Whatever you achieved - that's great!


This weeks prompt we are having a break from the senses, you may still use them - in fact, you most probably will, if you answer this question:

What is the worst thing that ever happened to you because you ran late?
Write 200 words or more, START NOW!

Bye, until next week,
Zak.