This week’s prompt will be slightly more of a challenge, should you choose to accept. Your prompt is to include the word read (present tense), read (past tense) or red. The extra challenge? Publish without reading. Just do your best while you write, then make a really squinty face and pluck up the courage to hit that button. If you’re brave enough to do it, make sure you tell us you’re going to at the end of your post.
When I read the prompt, I wasn’t sure I was going to do it. It just seemed like one more prompt in the list of posts that I thought about writing but didn’t write. Instead, I have been meeting deadlines, finishing current textbook, finishing classes, doing some editing projects, and in general being productive in spite of myself. I did read a bit, particularly some blog posts that came through my reader, particularly if they were about quilts.
I admit it. I’m stuck. In spite of being productive, I have not quilted, I have not blogged, and I certainly have not been doing the things that renew my soul. I actually gave back a book I had borrowed from a student. The semester is ending, and if I haven’t read it in the time I’ve had it next to the bed, I’m not going to suddenly read it now.
I know that thinking about writing or quilting isn’t the same as doing it. But I am hoping to move beyond the thinking in the coming weeks. I’m setting some goals to do just that. I may even join in the goal list prompt at another blog. But for now, I decided that instead of just reading this SofC post, I’d get back to participating. After all, it’s been over a month since I actually wrote a real post. Not for lack of ideas, and not even totally because of lack of time—although the stress of the last few weeks would certainly be a good excuse for not having time.
More than that, I haven’t had the desire. I feel like I’ve lost my voice. No amount of productivity, no amount of blog reading, no amount of thinking about the lack of writing was helping me find my voice again. So here I am, taking this stab at the SofC prompt to at least get something posted on the blog again. Here’s hoping and believing that it will break through the frozen logjam and let me find my voice again.
As per the twist in the prompt, I’m posting without going back to re-read. Fingers crossed.
If you want to join in:
Here are the rules:
1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.
2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.
3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” or “Begin with the word ‘The’.”
4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people will come and read your post! The way to ping back, is to just copy and paste the URL of my post somewhere on your post. Then your URL will show up in my comments, for everyone to see. For example, in your post you can copy and paste the following: This post is part of SoCS: http://lindaghill.wordpress.com/2014/06/13/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-june-1414/ The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.
5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.
6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!
7. Have fun!