Monday, 25 July 2011

Write on Wednesdays #1

  
I've been following a weekly writing meme for a few weeks now, thinking that perhaps I will have a go but still waiting for that prompt that pulled just the right threads of motivation needed to get started.  I used to write a bit, here and there, and have half written children's stories all over the place in various scrapbooks, and one finished one that even got sent to a manuscript assessor a few years ago and has since been sitting around collecting dust.

Today's prompt was a photo, not just any photo but a photo of a tree, I was sold.  I do love trees.  My first thoughts were that there was a little crack down the bottom that looked just like a faerie door and I started my piece with that in mind but it sort of changed around a bit along the way...  It's my first time to join in so go easy on me, but honestly.





Write On Wednesdays Exercise 7 - Sit under a tree and write: Find yourself a quiet spot. Set a timer for 5 minutes. Take a look at Kristy's Tree Photo. Write the first words that come into your head. Keep writing whatever comes into your head. Stop when the buzzer rings. Do this exercise over and over if you wish. If like me, you struggle with visual prompts, perhaps try sitting under a tree to write. I have heard that changing your usual writing place can spark new inspiration. Try it and see. Do both if you please!
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Dawn was breaking outside Woody Nook, the place we had called home for the past year.  I had grown to love our new home, a change from city living, all the lush green surrounding us and only the hoot of the owls to be heard at night.  That morning there were dewdrops on the leaves from the night’s rain and everything was sparkling and new.  A cliché I know but so much more true out in the country and I had never appreciated the saying before. 

I was all ready for the day, seated in my window seat filled with soft cushions, Enya playing on the CD player and a steaming cup of frothy hot chocolate next to me.  I had two options, the latest Maggie Alderson novel or my knitting.  Oh, the decisions.  Really, I thought, I should go for a walk out in the forest.  The sun was shining through the trees and hitting the raindrops still perched on the edges of the leaves drooping around my window sill, making rainbows sparkle around.

Throwing on a cardigan and picking up my mug I discarded the words and the wool and ventured out…
  
  
Thanks for inspiring us all to dust off that corner of our brain filled with stories Gillian from inkpaperpen!  If you are interested in finding out more, head over here to find out.
  
 

19 comments:

Melissa Jane said...

I'm so glad you decided to give it a go - it was lovely to read. I have a feeling we'll see more of you. I hope so.

InkPaperPen said...

Yay! Welcome to our little writing group. Lovely to have you. I'd like to know more about the children's stories you have lying about.

I think you really captured the nature aspect of this prompt, the leaves and the dew and the raindrops. Typically, the buzzer rang right as I was wanting to know more...

Perhaps it is time to wipe the dust away and get back to that manuscript? Hope you enjoyed the exercise

sarah said...

Wow Megan! I wish I had your writing talents. I could read a book of this :)

Also, what a wonderful blog inkpenpaper is- lots of ideas for writing at school!

Tat said...

Wow, I love it how you can just write and the words flow.

2paw said...

Well I was reading it and wondering what would happen next!!

House of Prowse said...

I think it looks like a fairy door too.
You set a nice relaxing scene - I wonder what happens in the forest.

I have a few draft kids books too - have sent one off to a publisher for review. fingers crossed

I'm at house of prowse

Kim H said...

That was so lovely, Megan! Can't wait to read more from you over at InkPaperPen x

Anne said...

Hi there. (Just popping over from Inkpaperpen.) What a lovely piece. You described it so well and a wonderful place I'd also like to go to.

Anne @ Domesblissity

Lene said...

This is wonderful! Just the kind of scene I love.

I could see myself making the same choice as your character. How relaxing!
Following now thanks to WOW.

Sandra said...

Wow Megan! I really like the way you simply write it whatever propped in. I too had a difficult time writing this week's prompt.

life without mathematics said...

Here with WoW. Snap! I felt a Lord of the Rings' piece coming on too when I first looked at it. I think I prefer the direction you took it. Beautiful choice to get out and into the world. I was worried about that steaming hot choc...but glad to see you took it with you!

jennifersmart said...

Welcome to WoW! What a gentle, easy flow you have. You captured a lovely moment.

Jaimee Hunter said...

Loved it...but I am a whimsy kinda gal! Very visual details. Thank you!

Jayne said...

Adore that last line - "I discarded the words and the wool" - just fabulous!

blackcurrantphotography said...

Well written, I was there in a snap =)

Kell

Sif said...

Another one who really liked the "I discarded the words and the wool" line! I wonder what is waiting out in the forest?

The Musings Of A Small One said...

Really enjoyed this, your writing is very easy to read!

Kiersten said...

I'm glad you finally found that prompt that worked for you! Doesn't it feel good to write? (I know it did for me!)
I loved the story, and although I realize there was really no mystery to it, I like imagining how her walk may have gone.
Thanks for posting!!
<3 Kiersten
http://kierstenevan.blogspot.com

sjp said...

Its always good to read from someone new, it provides a perspective to the prompt not thought of yet :) nice work