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Word Prompts Help Creativity ~ Week 32 (Fear)

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

Article Summary

"Word Prompts Help Creativity ~ Week 32" is an article to help inspire our creativity.

I choose a single word prompt encouaging others to write a poem, a short story, a song or any combination.

The only requirement is to relax and have fun writing.

"Stephen King on writing: Why he never uses a notebook and ither tips from the top" by The Write Channel with Nicola Monaghan

Surgery Day

June was overall a great month because we got to take a long awaited vacation, but a visit to the dentist started me down a different path.

I was told I have an impacted Wisdom tooth and need to get it removed.

As luck would have it the only Oral Surgeon in our town just up and retired with no notice.

So I've been on a journey to find someone else nearby that accepts my insurance.

I found someone and I am having surgery today, Wednesday, September 29th, 2021.

Of couse, the pain is gone and I'd like to forget the whole thing, but I've been told it could get worse.

It's already damaged the tooth beside it and he says another wisdom tooth has to go also. That's three!

Needless to say, I'm not looking forward to being unconscious for this operation. Nor am I happy about the adventure afterwards.

Let's face it. I tend to be a grumpy patient. I hate being down for too long and eating soft food is no picnic.

I hope I feel like reading everyone's work, but only time will tell.

So, if I seem a bit silent, don't worry. I'll be back.

In the meanwhile, keep writing.

I promise to get caught up after the swelling from my new facial design goes down.

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Ideas to Get Inspired

Sometimes our muse needs a little bit of inspiration to get started.

So if you are drawing a blank, consider trying a different path.

Pull out those old photo albums or look at the photos saved on your mobile phone.

Find a photo that speaks to you & write down a few lines to describe your feelings.

Or take a walk and notice what is happening around you.

Do you hear traffic rumbling past you on a busy street or are you taking a quiet stroll through the park?

Tell us what you see by using descriptive words.

Maybe you are watching a squirrel in your backyard.

He could be burying a nut or chasing another squirrel up a tree. Or maybe he's taunting your kitty cat or doggie.

Take time to feel your emotions and let them shine through with each word you write.

Tell us a story. Make it visual. Paint us a picture with your words.

Word Prompt = Fear

This week I've chosen the word "Fear" for our prompt.

Fear is an emotion that we feel when we believe we are facing danger or pain. It causes us to feel afraid.

Maybe you experience instant fear when a doctor gives you an unexpected diagnosis.

Or the moment you say "I do" or ask for someone's hand in marriage.

Maybe you have stage fright and fear speaking in public.

Or you tremble with fear because you are mugged, or involved in a car accident.

Maybe you suffer from a phobia like being afraid of heights, the fear of water, or you are scared of spiders.

Or you fear you will lose your identity by being in a relationship and falling in love.

Maybe you fear failure or being successful.

Or you are afraid of losing those you love.

This word seems to have a lot of different avenues we can pick.

So grab your pens and jot down a few lines.

"Fear Is A Liar ~ Zachary Williams"

Without fear there cannot be courage.

— Christopher Paolini

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Highlights This Week

I want to take a moment to tell you all how absolutely proud I am of you.

You tackle these word prompts each week with enthusiasm and we all love reading the work you create.

Great job! Keep it going!

Now with that said, let's get on with this week's highlights.

First of all, let's give a warm welcome to Li-Jen Hew.

She has joined us for the first time this week.

Her poem, "Secret Flame" is quite good. Take a few moments to read her work.

Teodora Gheorghe has written us a poem,"The Most Unexpected Secret" by using short, crisp words that build tension.

It is definitely worth the time to read.

Nithya Venkat has written us a couple of poems that are worth reading.

Telling us that when a secret is revealed, it brings chaos & confusion to many people.

And we need to pay attention to nature's secrets before it's too late. To cherish this world like it's a precious gift.

Vidya D Sagar has shared a poem with us about how happiness is the purpose of life.

She introduces us to Zen Philosophy which inspires us to change the way we think.

To read her poem, follow the link below.

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Pamela Oglesby Wows Us

Pamela Oglesby has written us a short story that will make you say, "Wow!"

She hooks us with her words in this story leaving us wanting more.

Here is my Summary:

In "Katie's Secrets"

She tells us about a woman named Katie and shows us how Katie's friend, Connie, tries to convince her to be honest with her husband.

She tells Katie that secrets have a way of destroying relationships.

Katie worries she can't tell him the truth now since she's been hiding this secret for such a long time.

Katie's friend, Connie, keeps trying to persuade her & even suggests she talk with a pastor.

You'd have to read it to understand this "wow" moment.

Please follow the link below.

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John Hansen

John Hansen has written us a wonderful piece on "Secrets."

He begins with this quote:

The man who can keep a secret may be wise, but he is not half as wise as the man with no secrets to keep.

— Edgar Watson Howe

The he writes us a story, "The Secret ~ a Micro- Fiction Story" that definitely intrigued me.

It starts off with a man emptying soil into a hole he has dug with a shovel. Then he puts a planter of colorful daisies on top, hoping his secret is buried forever.

Then he tells us he's the kind of man who holds himself accountable for his actions. So, no matter what, he wasn't going to be getting over this secret soon.

I wonder what he did that was so terrible he had to bury it?

The message I get from this part:

We can hide our secrets but it doesn't make them go away.

His poem, "A Cross I Can Bear ~ a Dramatic Poem" reminds me of a prisoner at war.

He won't devulge any information & will gladly accept the pain of torture to protect others from harm.

On the other hand, it could be the same person who buried the metal box.

He's willing to do anything to protect this secret and his friends.

He's at peace with his decision, so no torture or blackmail will succeed.

His has strong will power.

In his poem, "S.E.C.R.E.T.S. ~ an Acrostic Poem" he tells us about a bond of friendship that is strong.

One where his secrets are kept, no matter what.

It remains between two people.

This acrostic poem describes secrets perfectly. It shows the value of a true friend.

His story gives new meaning to the phrase, "Pushing Up Daisies."

His second piece shows how powerful one can be when he's determined not to share any secrets.

If you haven't had the chance to read John's work, please follow the link below.

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Revealing A Secret ~ Rodric Anthony Johnson

Rodric Anthony Johnson writes a piece with a bit of humor.

He reveals a secret to us about how during this era of Covid he has discovered a new way to drive his wife mad with a new hobby.

In "Secret Assassin" he shows us the devastating effects secrets have on others when they are revealed.

He compares it to the deadly effects of Carbon monoxide.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is the master of secrets because it does not make itself known unless death is close.

In his poem "Showman" he describes a man who is competing against others for a part.

He believes from the beginning, he is the only logical choice.

He hides the fact the he knows he will be the winner and acts out the part like he's in a movie scene.

He pretends to be humble, but he is rather arrogant.

He spun this poem from watching a video on bodybuilding on YouTube.

To read his work, please follow the link below.

"The Pleasure of Poetic Pattern ~ David Silverstein"

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Previous Word Prompts

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Responses To Word Prompt

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

~ fear

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

~ Fear

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

~ fear

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

Take a few moments to read Zeenat's (Poetic Phantom) work on "Fear"

https://discover.hubpages.com/literature/Farewell-

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

~ Fear

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

Fear

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

Take a few moments to read Kyler J Falk & Rodric Anthony Johnson's writing on Fear.

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

~ Rodric Anthony Johnson

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Hatred-Is-Fear-Made-...

Kyler J Falk

I'm a bit behind, but I'll get caught up.

Rodric I will let you know when I read yours.

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

Fear

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

~ Fear

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

~ Fear

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

Take a moment to read Farah N Huq's poem on Fear.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Underneath-The-Rubbl...

Welcome Farah to our word prompts.

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

~ fear

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

~ Fear

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

~ fear

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

~ Fear

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

~ fear

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 05, 2021:

Read everyone's work on Fear

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 05, 2021:

Take a moment to read Emee Chan's writing for Fear.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Fear-Of-Failure-From...

Sorry Emee....I missed this one earlier.

I'll look for it on the newsfeed after bit.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 05, 2021:

~ fear

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 05, 2021:

If I missed posting your work...put links for Fear here.

Thanks.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 04, 2021:

~ Fear

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 04, 2021:

Please post link here ~ Fear

Let me know if I'm missing anyone.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 04, 2021:

~ Fear

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 03, 2021:

~ Fear

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 03, 2021:

Take time to read Pamela Olgesby's work on Fear.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Fear-Per-Brenda-Arle...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 03, 2021:

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

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Poem-Living-in-Fear-...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 03, 2021:

Vidya

That link wasn't working.

Here is the right one

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Poem-Living-in-Fear-...

I'll read after bit.

VIDYA D SAGAR on October 03, 2021:

My response to word prompt week 32-Fear

hubpages.com/literature/Poem-Living-in-Fear-when-Protector-turns-Predator-Response-to-Brenda-Arledges-Word-Prompt-Week-32-Fear

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 03, 2021:

Post links here for ~ Fear.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 02, 2021:

Fear

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 02, 2021:

~ fear

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 02, 2021:

~ links fear

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

Post links ~ Fear

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

Post links ~ fear

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

Li-Jen

Thank you for such a nice compliment.

I'm hoping maybe I'll get a bit smarter...lol.

I am doing quite good actually.

It will take time to heal, but I'll get there.

We are glad to have you here with us...so start writing.

Li-Jen Hew on October 01, 2021:

Hello Brenda. I hope you are feeling well after getting your wisdom tooth pulled out! It certainly has not made you less wiser. :) Thank you for the warm welcome! It's cool to see people participating in the weekly prompt as you made it easier for us by initiating the idea.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on September 30, 2021:

Take a moment to read what my muse came up with for Fear.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Response-to-Word-Pro...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on September 30, 2021:

~ Fear

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on September 30, 2021:

Take a moment to read Umesh Chandra Bhatt's writing on Fear.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/I-Do-Not-Fear-Respon...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on September 30, 2021:

Vidya

Thank you.

It's a process, but I'll get there.

Still swelling up a bit & will take about 2 months to completely heal, but I am doing quite good.

Keep writing.

VIDYA D SAGAR on September 30, 2021:

Hi Brenda, wonderful word prompt this week too. I am so excited and look forward to reading all the responses. Thanks for mentioning my poem of last week and posting the link to my article. Hope you have recovered from the pain of your dental procedure. Take care have a blessed day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on September 30, 2021:

Mark

Thank you.

Fear is something we all touch.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on September 30, 2021:

Rinita

The dentist is okay, but the oral surgeon is a whole different story.

I'm doing fine.

Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on September 30, 2021:

This is a good prompt, Brenda. I have a slew of fears. I'll eventually get to them.

Rinita Sen on September 30, 2021:

I hope you're feeling better after the extraction. No one likes the dentist as a general rule, I suppose. Do take care.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on September 30, 2021:

Misbah

Thanks.

I'm glad this popped back up on the newsfeed for you.

My dentist decided not to touch this one. I was sent to an Oral Surgeon.

But they seem the same to me....Teeth & Gum pain.

Not my favorite person to visit either.

I definitely don't look forward to seeing them.

Fear should be a great prompt. I know we all have touched it sometime.

Have a great day.

Take care.

Bredz

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Rebels. on September 30, 2021:

I read this article yesterday but wasn't able to find it in the feed, so I scratched my head and walked away. After John's recent comment, I'm glad it finally appeared. Fear is an excellent word that, in my opinion, will inspire a lot of creativity. I am certain that I fear going to the dentist. ;) I hope you are doing well after your tooth extraction. I know it's painful.

The doctors removed two of my wisdom roots before they grew out completely. I guess I was 21 at that time. They said that the placement is incorrect and that this could lead to difficulties with my other teeth in the future.

They operated and removed the roots by cutting the skin. As far as I remember, it was terribly painful. If it hurts, eat some ice cream, it helps. You know, I hate dentists, I hope we don't have any dentists here ;) Take care and rest. Take the medicines on time if they have been prescribed. 

Blessings and Love!!

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on September 29, 2021:

John

Thank you.

I just posted a comment on your work.

I found Bill's comment in my Spam folder.

Gonna go back to resting now.

Enjoy your day.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 29, 2021:

The sooner they fix the comment feature the better. This is getting ridiculous. Glad your extraction is over and you are home. Just rest.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on September 29, 2021:

Take a moment to read John Hansen's writing on Fear.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Fear-Micro-fiction-a...

I have not read this one yet, but I'm sure his muse has written us something good.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on September 29, 2021:

John

I've saved this one & will read it.

I made it home and all is going well so far.

Except all the comments are not listed under comments for me.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on September 29, 2021:

Bill

Thank you.

For some reason, my comments are not where they should be ~ found this one in Spam.

Thanks for your best wishes.

I'm home. Doing good.

Can't wait to read the responses too.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on September 29, 2021:

Chitrangada

Thank you.

I appreciate you reading everyone's work.

I'm not doing too bad.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 29, 2021:

Brenda here is my response to "fear":

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Fear-Micro-fiction-a...

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on September 29, 2021:

I'm doing good.

I'll be on here later this evening i hope.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 29, 2021:

Best wishes on your upcoming surgery. Love the topic this week. I could write for days about fear, but responsibilities call me. I look forward to the responses.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 29, 2021:

Hello Brenda!

I enjoyed reading all the previous responses. Fear, sounds good, and I am sure, we will see amazing work, by the fellow writers.

I wish you all the best for your tooth problem. Take your time, for the healing process.

Thank you for sharing another wonderful piece of writing. Take care!

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on September 29, 2021:

Alyssa

Ugh! I hope it's over quickly and I'm back home in bed.

Thanks for the good vibes.

Talk with you later.

Enjoy the day for me.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on September 29, 2021:

Nithya

Thank you.

I hope we have a few great writes on fear.

Have a great day. Talk with you soon.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on September 29, 2021:

Pamela

Goodluck with your surgery.

I will be praying for a great outcome.

I hate not being able to drink water.

Talk with you soon and take care.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on September 29, 2021:

Rosina

Thank you.

I'm dreading this morning, but it will be done & over soon enough.

Glad you enjoy these prompts.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on September 29, 2021:

Rodric

Thanks.

I'm glad you like these prompts.

Alyssa from Ohio on September 29, 2021:

I love this prompt! Good luck today. Getting wisdom teeth removed is no fun, but once it's all done, you feel so much better. Sending you lots of good vibes for a speedy recovery. :)

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on September 29, 2021:

I hope the tooth extraction goes well, take care Brenda. Fear is a great word prompt. Looking forward to reading all the responses to this prompt.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 29, 2021:

The word prompt "secrets" sure brought forth some excellent results. "Fear" will probably do the same.

Brenda, I pray your oral surgeon visit will go well and not be too bad afterward. I am having surgery this morning too on my cervical spine. It was scheduled for yesterday and the doctor had an emergency in the ER so they called me to see if they could change it. You never know what the day will bring when you wake up in the morning. You are an inspiration to me, Brenda.

Rosina S Khan on September 28, 2021:

Best of luck, Brenda, with the extraction of your wisdom tooth. I do hope it turns out okay. This week's word prompt, "Fear" is a good one. I read all the responses to last week's word prompt, "Secrets" and enjoyed them thoroughly. I look forward to the responses to the new word prompt.

Rodric Anthony Johnson from Surprise, Arizona on September 28, 2021:

Oh my gosh! I forgot to leave a comment when I read this article. Thanks, Brenda for the word prompt. I was on my mobile reading it. I started thinking of ideas for a poem immediately. I have written it and published it without commenting here as I promised myself I would do. I love the world prompts even if I don't get a chance to participate right away.

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

John

Thank you so much for your best wishes.

I'm hoping for the best.

I'm glad to hear you have a few ideas.

I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Hopefully I will at least feel like reading.

Have a great Week.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 28, 2021:

Brenda, I wish you all the best with the wisdom tooth extraction..better out than in..they say. I hope it goes painlessly and doesn’t keep you down for two long. I was eagerly awaiting this weeks word prompt, and you didn’t disappoint with the word “fear.” I have a couple of ideas already churning in my head..let’s see what eventuates. This should inspire some good responses. Take care.

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