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Word Prompts Help Creativity ~ Week 20 (Regret)

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Word Prompts Help Creativity / Week 20 is an article I write each week to help inspire the creative genius inside of us.

I choose a single word prompt and then everyone uses it to write a piece of work in the genre of his choice.

The only requirement is to have fun writing.

"E.E. Cummings ~ A Poet's Advice to Students (1955)

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Thank You for Making the Day Brighter

Like Val Karas said in one of his articles we form a picture in our minds what a person is like by just looking at his profile picture.

We add in a little friendly banter and just like that we become friends.

I honestly do picture each of you when I read or comment on your work.

More than likely, the image I’ve created is completely wrong.

If I ever saw you on the street or you knocked upon my door, I probably wouldn’t recognize you.

Yet, in my own little world, I believe I know you and your friendship means a lot to me.

I can’t tell you how many times your work has uplifted me when I’m feeling down.

How I suddenly begin smiling when I read your comments or I am touched by reading a piece of your writing.

Thank you from the bottom of heart for making each day a little brighter.

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Inspiration

This week pay attention to every little detail that inspires you to write.

Is it something simple like the sun peering through your bedroom window or the stars shining in the night sky?

Or maybe you feel a storm brewing in your heart, or a love that is beginning to blossom.

The sound of the wind howling, a kitty-cat purring, a dog barking, a bird singing a sweet melody, or a little child talking.

No matter what it happens to be, pay attention to how it makes you feel inside.

Are you happy or sad? Are you full of rage or anger? Do you feel completely satisfied or calm?

The point here is to find your emotion.

Then draw that emotion out using descriptive sentences that show us how you feel inside.

Don't just simply tell us that the sky is blue.

Paint a picture of the color in our minds. Show us how it makes you feel.

Be bold, be daring and don't be afraid to open up. Let yourself truly feel each emotion and write it down.

Word Prompt = Regret

This week I have chosen the word "regret" for our our word prompt.

Regret is the feeling of sadness or disappointment about something you either did or didn't do.

Maybe you spoke too quickly and regret the words that came flying out of your mouth.

You might regret not saving money for your retirement or maybe you cashed in a life insurance policy ahead of time to make ends meet.

Maybe you regret not purchasing your dream house or not taking that once in a lifetime vacation.

Or you regret not taking a chance to love that special woman or man of your dreams.

Maybe you regret an argument you had in your relationship or with a member of your family.

Or maybe you learned a valuable lesson from your regrets.

It's possible you have absolutely no regrets.

This list can go on and on. So let's leave it all up to you and your muse.

Pick up your pen and start jotting down a few notes.

I can't wait to read what everyone comes up with this week.

The longer our trail of regrets, the more we tend to value the importance of making wise decisions.

— Bob Santos

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Highlights This Week

Once again this week everyone has written very good articles.

I'm so proud of each and everyone of you.

There are times our muse takes awhile to kick in gear, but it is so worth it because the writing is superb.

Peace Tobe Dike writes us a wonderful piece worth mentioning here.

In Tobe's introduction she tells us how the view from the mirror is not always the same.

Each time we look in the mirror, it can be different, but no matter what we see ourself.

She reminds us we are so much more than what we see in the mirror.

In her poem, "Poem: Mirror Reflection" she reminds us that although the mirror can show our imperfections & insecurities, our true beauty is on the inside.

In her Acrostic Poem she reminds us that the mirror can only show us a reflection of our outward appearance.

Our true selves, the one others can see, is not there. We need only be true to ourselves and reach for our desires.

Vanita Thakkar has written a couple of very good pieces worthy of reading.

In her poem, "Mirror" she tells us that we shouldn't blame the mirror for the refection we see.

It is us who needs to change the manner in how we live our life.

In her poem, "The Mirror" she tells a story about being given a mirror.

She loves the beautiful reflection until she comes across an imperfection like an ugly curve & what seemed to be dust.

She tries to remove the damaged part but you ends up only scratching the mirror.

The beautiful reflection is now marred.

She doesn't want to give up or lose it, so she holds it tightly. Then it breaks.

She is left alone with a broken heart.

You can read her work by following the links below.

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John Hansen Knows a Thing or Two About Mirrors

John gives us a fantastic response to the word prompt, "mirror."

In this cute poem, "Through the Window" he ponders the idea of escaping reality. Maybe if we crash through the mirror we can live life in a fantasy world.

But are we brave enough to do it without knowing what awaits us.

Then he proceeds with examples like sitting down with the Mad Hatter for a cup of tea.

At the end he wonders if the gambler in him is ready to forgo everything he knows and break the glass.

In "Mirrors ~ An Acrostic Poem" he reveals what many ofus want from the mirror.

Hoping it only reveals what we want to see.

In his poem, "Two-Sided Mirrors" we must think a bit.

As the mirror shows us our choices in life. How do we know which one to choose?

It shows us our deepest fears, then tempts us to find which door will open our dreams.

He posted a link to "Smokescreen and Mirrors, a Poem About Deception."

This is another great poem that teaches us a lesson.

Not everything is as it appears.

John posted another link to "A Halloween Poem: "Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall."

This one had me laughing all the way through it.

The message tells us to be careful how we word those desires.

They may come back to bite you.

If you haven't had the chance to read John's work, please do so. The link is below.

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Chitrangada Sharan ~ Inner Beauty is What Counts

Chitrangada starts her article with the phrase that comes to many of our minds when we think of the word mirror.

’Mirror, mirror on the wall,

Who is the fairest of us all,’

In her article she tells us that a mirror only shows us our outward appearance, not our inner beauty.

We see our shortcomings, but we feel good about ourselves by counting our blessings.

In her short poem 1~

She tells us if we close our eyes we can see our inner self. We don't need a mirror to do this one.

In her short poem 2 ~

She tells us that by looking in the mirror we see how others see us.

In her acrostic poem ~

She tells us we cannot hide from the reflections in the mirror.

Right or wrong, it does show our true self.

She adds some very wise and useful quotes.

My favorite one is:

‘If you are searching for that one person, that will change your life, take a look in the mirror.’

If you haven't had the opportunity to read her work, the link is below.

"How To Read A Poem ~ by Big Think"

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Previous Word Prompts

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Responses to Weekly Word Prompt

© 2021 BRENDA ARLEDGE

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BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on September 01, 2021:

Week 20 ~ regret

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

Take a moment to read Alyssa's work on Regret.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/poetry-prompt-201

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

~ Regret

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

Week 20 ~ regret

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

~ Regret

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 24, 2021:

~ Regret

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

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

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

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

Post links for regret here

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

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

Post links here ~ regret

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 14, 2021:

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BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 13, 2021:

Post links for Regret

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 13, 2021:

Devika

Thank you.

I was really surprised with everyone's turn out this week.

Glad you enjoyed it.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 13, 2021:

Chitrangada

Thanks for reading them.

That feed is a tricky thing.

We have to have to have thr settings just right to get a few of them.

Glad you enjoyed them.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on July 13, 2021:

Hi Brenda I love the idea of word prompts. You have created an ongoing response and I enjoyed reading.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 13, 2021:

Hi Brenda!

Thank you for sharing the links to the responses by fellow writers. All of them are are unique and great. Some of them did not appear on my feed, and therefore I couldn’t comment. Appreciate them all. Thank you.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 12, 2021:

Take a moment to read Kyler Falk's interesting piece that includes regret as well as almost every word prompt I've given.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Marching-Alone-Into-...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 12, 2021:

Read everyone's work & let me know if i missed anyone.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 12, 2021:

Regret

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 12, 2021:

Regret

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 11, 2021:

Post links here ~regret

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 11, 2021:

Take a moment to read Manatita44's writing...

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Regrets-Sundays-Insp...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 11, 2021:

Misbah

I'll get with you latet today on this one.

I haven't had alot of sleep yet.

Take care,

Bredz

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 11, 2021:

Take time to read Misbah Sheikh's writing on Regret.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Letting-you-go-forev...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 11, 2021:

John

I just finished reading this one.

Fantastic job!

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 11, 2021:

Take a moment to read John Hansen's writing.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/No-Regrets-a-Poem

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 11, 2021:

Post links here ~ regret

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 11, 2021:

Here is mine too, Brenda: https://letterpile.com/poetry/No-Regrets-a-Poem

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Rebels. on July 11, 2021:

here's mine Bredz:

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Letting-you-go-forev...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 10, 2021:

Post links ~ Regret

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 10, 2021:

Post links here ~ regret

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 10, 2021:

I haven't had the time to read this yet...but I will.

Take a moment to read Tobe's work & leave comments.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Regrets-A-response-t...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 10, 2021:

Tobe

I haven't read this yet, but I will get back with you.

I will post it in the word prompt article.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 10, 2021:

Rodric

Thank you.

I appreciate your analysis of my recent work.

You are reading the words correctly.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 10, 2021:

Post your links here ~ REGRET

Peace Tobe Dike from Delta State, Nigeria. on July 10, 2021:

Hi Brenda.

Here's a link to my response.

I hope you have a good read.

http://hub.me/aoAAx

Rodric Anthony Johnson from Surprise, Arizona on July 10, 2021:

Brenda, the first brought a scripture verse to mind about people who do not sorrow for their sins because of the sin, but because God will not allow them to commit their sin without consequences. I had to read it a few times before that sentiment jumped out at me.

The second poem was easy and relatable from the beginning. Now, that is not to say that I don't have regrets of which I refuse to challenge and make whole. I'm sure I do. I just have not meditated on what they are, yet. These poems seem to gravitate towards actions taken, one wanting to stay in the bad behavior loop wishing not to feel the sorrow, and the other stepping out of the behavior loop hoping, feeling sorrow, and seeking to repair any breaches it caused.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 10, 2021:

Take a moment to read my poetry on Regret.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Poem-Lonely-World-of...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 09, 2021:

Post links ~ Regret

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 09, 2021:

Take a moment to read Vidya D Sagar's work.

https://letterpile.com/personal-essays/Poem-Regret...

I haven't read this one yet.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 09, 2021:

Take a moment to read Rozlin (RozlinMohsin) writing on regret.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Backing-a-Lost-Soul-...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 09, 2021:

Take a moment to read Rodric Anthony Johnson's writing for Regret.

https://discover.hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/...

Rodric, I haven't finished reading this yet, but I will.

My mom fell last week & she is fine, but I'm kinda a taxi driver right now.

I'll get back with you later.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 09, 2021:

Post links here ~ Regret

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 09, 2021:

Post links here~ regret

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 08, 2021:

Post links ~ regret

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 08, 2021:

Take time to read Umesh Chandra Bhatt's work on regret

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Then-why-to-regret-r...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 08, 2021:

Take a moment to read EK Jadoon 's writing..(Moondot1822)

EK...I haven't had time to read this yet, but I will & then I will get back to you.

https://letterpile.com/creative-writing/killer-of-...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 08, 2021:

Take a moment to read Greg Cain (boxelderred) writing for the word prompt ~ regret.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/We-Regret-to-Inform-...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 07, 2021:

Post links here...

Regret

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 07, 2021:

Post here for Regret

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 07, 2021:

Take a few moments to read Pamela Oglesby's writing on Regret.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Regret-Brendss-New-P...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 06, 2021:

Post links here for regret

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 06, 2021:

Right back at you gal

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 06, 2021:

Take a moment to read Manatita44's work.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Inspirations-Tuesday...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 06, 2021:

Misbah

Right back at ya

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Rebels. on July 06, 2021:

Love you Heaps, Bredz :)

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 06, 2021:

Vidya

Thank you so much for your kind words.

I'm glad we are friends.

I enjoy these word prompts & if it helps to bring us all closer together that is great.

Have wonderful evenning.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 06, 2021:

Misbah

I thought I had commented on this one. SORRY!!

I have never been called "Bredz" before.

Sounds great! I'm honored to be a part of your inner circle.

Thank you gal & take care of yourself.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 06, 2021:

Take a moment to read the artcle written by

Fran Rooks (powers41) and leave comments.

I haven't read this one yet...but I will.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Regret-Word-Prompt-o...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 06, 2021:

Chitrangada

Thank you.

You are so right.

The idea I have of my friends here on HP is definitely formed by our comments back and forth.

It shows me a little window of their personality & inner soul.

Sometimes it's so hard to believe there are so many miles in between us.

Have a wonderful day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 06, 2021:

Pamela

Thank you.

I have come to love this HP community.

I look forward to it every day.

Have a wonderful time while you are away.

Since I didn't post until Tuesday, I will probably not rush everyone to create in sych a short time.

I will probably wait until next werk onTuesday to post new one.

Don't worry about us...Just have fun on your time out of town.

Relax & live it up.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 06, 2021:

Manatita

Thank you.

I truly mean every word I wrote.

Thank you for your friendship.

So glad you enjoyed the video.

Stay safe & love each moment.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 06, 2021:

Rodric

Thank you for your reply.

I am pleased to know these word prompts actually help you write.

Your idea sound great!

By all means...go back through them & begin writing away.

We all would love to read them.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 06, 2021:

Rosina

Thanks.

Let's hope so!

Each week everyone writes such powerful pieces.

It actually blows me away.

HP writers are full of surprises.

Take care & stay safe.

VIDYA D SAGAR on July 06, 2021:

Absolutely true Brenda. We have made such good friends here on HubPages. We are like a family. I cherish my friendship with you. Your good work of encouraging writers with wonderful word prompts has brought us all together with a common cause. Thanks for this week's interesting word prompt.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 06, 2021:

John

Thank you & you are welcome.

I think it's necessary to provide those links all in one place so others can easily find them to read.

The only problem is that they often can't leave comments.

I give a few examples, but I'm certain everyone has a few other ideas pop into mind.

Take care & I look forward to reading what you & your muse comes up with this week.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Rebels. on July 06, 2021:

Brenda, the word regret is a good one. I read you mentioned in one of your prior comments to me that I am part of your tight circle of friends and family. So warm words. Please accept my heartfelt gratitude. So, from now on I'll call you "Bredz". I enjoy naming the people I love and care about :)

Blessings to you

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 06, 2021:

Bill

Thank you.

You are so right about negative energy. It can only bring one down.

I'm with you. I can't imagine my life without my HP friends.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 06, 2021:

Tobe

Thank you.

I really enjoy your writing.

I look forward to reading more with this new word prompt.

Have a great day.

Peace Tobe Dike from Delta State, Nigeria. on July 06, 2021:

Hello Brenda,

I share your thoughts and thank you for mentioning me and giving a review on my work..

'Regret" is a word I feel like would have amazing responses..I look forward to putting something out and reading all the responses.

Well done.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 06, 2021:

No regrets at all. I don't believe in them. Negative energy is not worth my time. :) As for inspiration, for me, it comes, first, from within, and is then fed by my surroundings, my life, and my people. The HP crowd? I can't imagine not being a part of this community.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 06, 2021:

Hello Brenda!

Sweet sentiments in your introductory paragraph. I have been writing on this platform, for more than 9 years, and have made so many precious friends. It’s not only the profile picture, but we know each other, by our thoughts, which we express through our writing. I believe, the impression I have of that person in the profile picture is the same, as I perceive them to be. They have touched my life in a positive way, cheered me up at times, when I needed it the most. I cherish the friendship of all my fellow writers.

I loved going through your post, and thanks for another wonderful prompt, regret. This sounds interesting, but I am sure, everyone will come up with great creative pieces, as they have done earlier.

Thank you for sharing, and thanks for mentioning and analysing my response.

Have a good day!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 06, 2021:

I feel the same way you do about the people on Hubpages. I have been here almost 12 years, and it is because of the people. When you first put up a new word I always think I won't write anythin, then I do.

Thanks for the review of the responses to the word mirror, Brenda. Thanks for continuing on each week. I am suppose to go our of town Thurs., so the time is short for me.

manatita44 from london on July 06, 2021:

A heart-touching intro and a great way to slip into the prompt. Lovely thoughts on poetry in the video. Have a great day!

Rodric Anthony Johnson from Surprise, Arizona on July 06, 2021:

I look foward to working on this weeks word prompt. I am thinking of going back and doing ones I missed. I think I will use the word prompts to helo me write my Wozs Moya series. The eord oromots help me decide what to write next.

Rosina S Khan on July 06, 2021:

This week's word prompt, "Regret" is intriguing. I expect many to respond in interesting ways. Will look forward to reading them, as I always do with each of your word prompts. Thanks for sharing, Brenda.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 06, 2021:

Brenda, thank you for sharing a link to everyone’s response to the “mirror” prompt. That is so generous of you. The examples you provide with each word prompt are excellent, and this week’s “regret” should certainly attract some interesting reading. Take care.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 06, 2021:

Here's the Word Prompt for this week.

Have fun.

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