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Word Prompts Help Creativity / Week 14

I am a writer. My passion is poetry. I feel words connect people together and help us to understand the feelings we share.

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Word Prompts Help Creativity / Week 14 is a weekly article where I give a single word prompt hoping to jumpstart everyone's muse. Maybe a masterpiece.

It can be a short story, a poem, a song, a combination or anything you feel like writing.

Just have fun. Enjoy your words weaving beautiful music.

"Hope Is The Thing Of Feathers - Emily Dickinson - read by Gill Mills by Redfrost Motivation"

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Try, Try Again

If you meet failure along your journey, don't give up. The road to success often has many detours.

As the saying goes, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

Robert Bruce the King of Scotland supposedly said this to his troops back in 1314.

But Thomas H. Palmer wrote this in 1840 in an essay, "The Teacher's Manual."

'Tis a lesson you should heed,
Try, try again;
If at first you don't succeed,
Try, try again;

So, I'm not entirely certain where this phrase comes from, but in my book it's good advice.

Each dream inside your heart is important. Do not let temporary roadblocks push you off course.

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Inspiration

Sometimes inspiration knocks on the door and hits us on the head.

Out of nowhere, an idea will come to us.

These are those moments where our muse is taking the lead and we need only sit back and let it flow.

I wish all days could be this way.

But then there are days when our thoughts seem to be on vacation. Nothing we do seems creative.

It's a moment we all dread but we are forced to go with the flow.

When this happens, there is no need to worry.

Just cuddle up with a good book or roam the internet to find something awesome to read. If all else fails, take that much needed break.

Go for a walk or take a mini vacation. Relax and enjoy each minute of life.

No worries. Your words will come spiraling back for we our writers. We bleed on paper.

Word Prompt = Childhood

This week I have chosen the word, "Childhood."

According to Wikepedia this is an age spanning from birth to adolescence.

I think this word will inspire us to be creative.

We all have childhood memories. They might be tender and loving, funny, or traumatic.

Or you can write something about your grandchildren's childhood, or childhood in general.

I'm not exactly sure where this word will take us.

But grab your pens and jot down a few notes. Let's see what we can write.

If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older.

— Tom Stoppard

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Highlights This Week

I am at a loss for words, which doesn't happen to me much.

Each week we gain new writers and everyone's words are getting so much deeper, with depth and meaning that touches my soul.

Each one of you is doing an amazing job.

This week we had another short story. This one was written by Pamela Olgesby.

She reminds us that no matter how upset we get, don't just close the door. Open and honest communication is the best.

Take a moment to read it over. The link is below.

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Vidya D Sagar Hits a Homerun!

Vidya,

Vidya puts a picture in our minds of everything from the fragrance in the air, to children playing in the puddles, to lovers dancing in the rain, then shows us God is showering us with blessings from above.

She takes us to that moment when we feel relief from that hot basking sun when the raindrops fall.

In her poem, "The Welcome of Summer" she mentions how that soothing sound of raindrops hits the window pain. A welcome noise on a hot summer day.

Some of us stay at home while others enjoy walking in the rain. Either way those raindrops definitely bring us a sense of hope & relief.

In her second poem, "Caught in a Rain Storm" she describes how many of us feel when we are caught in a rain storm.

But after it ends everything seems peaceful. A rainbow adorns the sky feeling our heart with a sense of hope for something beautiful to come.

This is a fantastic piece of work that everyone should read.

Follow the link below.

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Barbara Purvis Hunter's Poem is Outstanding ! (Bobbi)

Bobbi's poem, "Mama's Raindrops" is outstanding!!

It is filled with happiness as a little girl deals with so much pain inside her heart.

Her first line,

"Mama sent me Raindrops from Heaven,

I knew she did when I was seven."

sets the scene.

Then her words just burst out with emotion.

We can picture the little girl running in the rain wanting to feel every last drop.

To feel kisses from Momma.

Then we feel the sadness at the end, but she knows the raindrops will protect her.

This is quite an awesome poem. Everyone needs to read this one.

Please take a moment to follow the link below.

"Become A Slam Poet In 5 Steps - Gayle Danley"

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Previous Word Prompts

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Responses to Word Prompt

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Comments

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 28, 2021:

Childhood

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 27, 2021:

Check out this story written by Alyssa Nichol.

https://letterpile.com/creative-writing/story-3

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 26, 2021:

Childhood

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 26, 2021:

Childhood

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 25, 2021:

Childhood

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 25, 2021:

Read everyone's work on childhood

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 23, 2021:

Word prompt childhood

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 23, 2021:

Catch up on reading everyone's work

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 22, 2021:

Read everyone's work...links at bottom of this article

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 22, 2021:

I got it

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 22, 2021:

Tobe

Repost your article so others can comment...

Put a comment on it from author's view

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 22, 2021:

John

It was a really good article.

If I see it on the feed I'll comment so it goes back on there.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on May 22, 2021:

I loved Tobe’s article/poetry too. I can’t find it on my feed to comment though..

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 22, 2021:

Tobe

You are welcome!

Have a great day.

Peace Tobe Dike from Delta State, Nigeria. on May 22, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

Thank you for reading and posting my link..I'm glad you loved it!

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 22, 2021:

Take a moment to read Pamela Oglesby's writing on childhood.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Joys-of-Childhood

Pamela,

I haven't read this one yet. I will read it later and post my comments.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 22, 2021:

Bill,

I kindly thank you for this wonderful & gracious compliment.

Have a terrific day.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 22, 2021:

Your word prompts are inspiring many, and that is always a good thing. Thank you for being such a supportive member of this community. You are appreciated!

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 21, 2021:

Post links here childhood

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 21, 2021:

Post links here

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 21, 2021:

Tobe,

I just finished reading it.

Awesome work.

I loved it.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 21, 2021:

Tobe

Great job! I love it.

I posted a link in the article.

I will look for this one on the newsfeed to leave my comment.

Peace Tobe Dike from Delta State, Nigeria. on May 21, 2021:

Thank you Brenda, for posting my link..and you can read it when you have time. Blessings.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 21, 2021:

Take a moment to read Tobe Dike's writing on childhood

https://discover.hubpages.com/literature/Reminisci...

Tobe.. I have not read this one yet.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 21, 2021:

Here's my link...hoping this one gets through.

https://discover.hubpages.com/literature/Poem-Memo...

Peace Tobe Dike from Delta State, Nigeria. on May 21, 2021:

http://hub.me/aosVE here's the link to my response. I hope it's good.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 21, 2021:

Still working on mine. I had wanted to include a piece that I had previously written, but I guess even if you wrote it yourself it's considered Duplicate.

So i got to see what else I can do to salvage the rest of my work

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 21, 2021:

Muhammad

You will see the word prompt article in the news feed if you have your settings set to get poetry or poems.

I try to repost it about 3 times a day to catch people in different time zones.

If you do write one for the word prompt, post a link in the comment section & also include a sentence in your article stating this is for Brenda Arledge's word prompt.

This way, I know it was indeed written for the prompt.

If for some reason you can't find the article to comment, just send me a message with a link to your work.

Each time you write an article it goes onto the news feed, so we can all see it to comment.

Then you can repost it by going to statistics and using author's view...place a comment in the comment section.

I hope to read your work soon.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 21, 2021:

Vidya

You're welcone.

I did quite enjoy your writing for childhood.

I believe I posted a comment below your article.

A happy childhood is the luckest thing.

Have a great day.

Muhammad Mizanur Shuvra from Toronto on May 20, 2021:

hi Brenda, I am curious as to how I can also get instant notification of your word prompts. Also, once I write something in response, how would that be visible to the community that also responds to your prompts? Thank you for your guidance !

VIDYA D SAGAR on May 20, 2021:

Thanks Brenda for sharing the link to my poem. Hope you liked my response.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 20, 2021:

Take a moment to read Vidya D Sagar's writing

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Poem-Memories-of-Chi...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 20, 2021:

I've almost got mine ready, but waiting on an answer from the team on part of it fir fear of duplicate content flag.

Post links for childhood here.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 20, 2021:

Childhood

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 20, 2021:

Childhood....post links here

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 19, 2021:

Post links for childhood

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 19, 2021:

Childhood

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 18, 2021:

Childhood

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 18, 2021:

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BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 18, 2021:

John

You are right.

Many are contemplating this right now.

Ravi's writing is good. It tells that moment when one begins this journey.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 18, 2021:

Ravi

I have just finished reading this one.

Your imagination serves you well.

Great job.

I will post a link in the word prompt article and search for this on the news feed to leave my reply.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 18, 2021:

Stop and read John Hansen's writing. He has written an article with two word prompts, "raindrops" and "childhood."

I'm certain you will enjoy them.

https://discover.hubpages.com/literature/The-Value...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 18, 2021:

John

Thank you.

I have finished reading it and I mudt say you did a wonderful job.

I love how you incorporated Bill's photo challenge.

I will post a link to both word prompt articles and look for your work on the news feed.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 18, 2021:

Post links here for childhood.

I am reading & will be posting links to your work in a few minutes. Thanks.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 18, 2021:

Well done with that challenge. I liked your poetry, and your imagination shines through with this piece.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on May 18, 2021:

Thanks John for your comments,

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on May 18, 2021:

A wonderful and intriguing poem, Ravi. This may not be too far-fetched and could happen in the not too distant future.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on May 18, 2021:

Hi Brenda my poem on childhood is as below. Hope you like it.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Farewell-from-Earth...

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on May 18, 2021:

Here is my link Brenda: https://discover.hubpages.com/literature/The-Value...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 17, 2021:

Childhood

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 17, 2021:

Childhood

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 17, 2021:

Links for childhood here

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 16, 2021:

Post links for childhood

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 16, 2021:

Ravi

Thank you.

I figured this word will give us a few interesting writes.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on May 16, 2021:

Childhood is an interesting prompt Brenda. It brings back so many memories .Thanks for sharing.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 16, 2021:

Alyssa

Thank you.

The weather is getting warmer, so one lovely week coming up for both of us.

Enjoy!

Alyssa from Ohio on May 16, 2021:

This theme will no doubt give us many interesting poems and stories to read. I hope you have a lovely week! :)

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 16, 2021:

Childhood

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 16, 2021:

Peggy

Thank you.

I'm so glad Rosina feels up to commenting again.

I am delighted people seem to like this series.

Have a wonderful Sunday.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 16, 2021:

Bill

Thank you.

Having parents who supported us is one of the greatest things they could ever do.

I doubt if your well is dry. I'm sure you will tell us more stories & I love reading them all.

Have a wonderful Sunday.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 16, 2021:

Vidya

Thank you.

I'm so glad you like this word prompt.

I can only imagine what it will create.

Looking forward to reading them all.

Your work was mentioned because it was worthy...but you are welcome.

Take care & have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 16, 2021:

Misbah

Thanks.

I'm hoping it will be.

Have a wonderful Sunday.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 16, 2021:

I am glad to see Rosina back commenting again. You are inspiring many people to take up your weekly challenges. This series appears to be very popular!

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 16, 2021:

Rosina

Thank you.

I'm so glad you feel up to reading & getting back on Hubpages with us.

Take care and have a wonderful day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 16, 2021:

Tobe

Thank you.

Sounds great!

I love your enthusiasm.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 16, 2021:

I have written so often of my childhood, I suspect my well is dried. I guess, in one word, my childhood was about support. My parents always supported me, always believed in me, and loved me unconditionally.

Blessings always

VIDYA D SAGAR on May 16, 2021:

Thanks Brenda for another great word prompt for week 14. Childhood is a beautiful phase of life and I am excited imagining the wonderful responses of all our Hubber friends. Much gratitude for the mention on my poems for last week's word prompt. I am so glad you liked them. Hope I can create something good this week too. Keep inspiring us.Have a good weekend.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on May 16, 2021:

Childhood is a nice word prompt. Let's see what everyone comes up with

Blessings and Good Luck everyone

Rosina S Khan on May 16, 2021:

Beautiful word prompt- childhood for this week. I would like to read all the responses on it. Looking forward to it. And I think last week's word prompt was gorgeous too- raindrops. I had a wonderful time reading all the responses to it. Thank you, Brenda for posting these word prompts.

Peace Tobe Dike from Delta State, Nigeria. on May 16, 2021:

I'm pretty sure they'd be amazing responses to "childhood" and I'm here for all of it! Thank you, Brenda.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 16, 2021:

EK,

Thank you.

I'm hoping this one will be interesting.

I'd love to read your work.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 16, 2021:

Liz,

Thank you.

I'm looking forward to reading them too.

Have a great day.

EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on May 16, 2021:

The word 'childhood' sounds interesting, Brenda. I would love to read the responses. I will try to manage the time to write something on the word prompt challenge.

Liz Westwood from UK on May 15, 2021:

Congratulations. This is an inspirational regular activity on HubPages. I look forward to reading the writing on childhood, an excellent choice for a word prompt.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 15, 2021:

John

Thank you.

I'm glad you seem inspired by this one.

No worries about the raindrops...if you want to incorporate them that's fine.

We all have those moments when we just can't be creative.

Take care.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on May 15, 2021:

"Childhood" is a great prompt, and I can see myself being inspired by this one, Brenda. I still haven't come up with a response for "raindrops" so hopefully I can incorporate the two. Thank you for keeping these prompts coming.

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