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Word Prompts Help Creativity ~ Week 39 (Anxiety)

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 39 (Anxiety)" is an article to help inspire our creativity.

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

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Ohio's Trees Are Still Green

This year in Ohio, it seems like we went straight from Summer to Winter.

The calendar might say Autumn, but the weather certainly hasn't felt like it.

We've had unseasonably warmer than normal weather for this time of the year.

Then the temperature suddenly dropped, dipping down into the twenties at night time. That's -6.667 in Celsius.

Most of the trees in my neighborhood and surrounding areas are still green.

I honestly doubt that we will see those vibrant colors of red, yellow or oranges this year.

Nor did we take those brisk walks enjoying the crisp, fresh air.


Take Breaks

I think all of us have days when we lose our mood to be creative. Nothing we do seems to inspire us to write.

In these moments, it's perfectly fine to take a break. We all need to take time away from writing once in awhile and enjoy life.

When you make your schedule each week, plan to take a few days off to do something different and have some fun.

In the long run, you will feel more refreshed.

But if you're like me, this may prove to be difficult.

I often find myself constantly checking my phone. So if this is the case, try working on a different path for the day.

Maybe do a bit of research to find a place to submit your work for publication.

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I suggest using Submittable or Newpages to find these markets.

Word Prompt = Anxiety

This week I've chosen the word prompt, "Anxiety."

Anxiety is an emotion where we feel intense worry. We have an uncontrollable fear as we try to handle everyday situations.

If we're not careful, this can turn into a full blown panic attack.

Sometimes we are simply afraid of speaking in public.

Other times it's from something more severe, like a chronic illness.

Maybe you're having relationship problems. A disagreement with a spouse, significant other, parents or other family members.

Or you've recently suffered the loss of a loved one through a death, separation, or divorce.

Maybe you've just lost a job, or are having a disagreement with your neighbors.

You suddenly have an unexpected bill to pay for vehicle repairs, an unexpected hospital visit, or damage to your home.

Possibly you're a new mother or father and you fear being a parent, while your sleep pattern is disrupted.

I'm sure this list could go on and on, so let's see what your muse comes up with this week.

Let's pick up our pens and jot down a few notes.

"What Is Anxiety? ~ Psych Hub"

Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity.

— T. S. Eliot


Highlights This Week

This week we've learned a few things about the meaning of rainbows.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt says life is an ardous journey and we often see good times that feel pleasant. It's like seeing a rainbow, which fills us with awe and inspiration in his writing, "Good Times Are Like Rainbows."

Vidya D Sagar shows us how rainbows make you forget your worries and give you hope.

She talks about how rainbows could be a connection between heaven & earth, and how sometimes we feel a bond with loved ones we've lost in her writing, "Rainbows Brighten and Add Color To The Sky."

Brenda Arledge shows us how the pastel colors of a rainbow soothes our inner soul giving us hope as it spans across the universe.

Then she shows us how we can have our own personal rainbow in her writing, "Poem: Rainbow Creations."


" We Are One" - Misbah Sheikh

Misbah Sheikh tells us that to her, a rainbow symbolizes peace, unity, and happiness.

It's important to treat others the way we want to be treated and unite with shared values.

In her poem, "The Rainbow Brothers" she shows us we are all one of the same flesh.

She weaves her beautiful words like a rainbow in the sky with a beautiful lesson we need to restore.

We are one.

If you haven't read this one, the link is below.


John Hansen with That Age Old Question "Why?"

John Hansen asks a series of questions in his piece, "Why Do Poets Write Poems About Rainbows?"

He wonders if anyone has seen leprechauns hide their gold in a big heavy pot or if we've ever heard frogs sing songs about rainbows.

Why do rainbows only appear after a rain with seven colors?

Is there a land somewhere beyond the rainbow where dreams come true?

Then he tells us the next time we see a rainbow, we should make a wish.

In his acrostic poem, "RAINBOWS ~ an Acrostic Poem" he tells us how rainbows inspire new beginnings.

In his poem "Window of Rainbows" inspired by Leonard Cohen's "The Stranger Song" he tells us the hard truth. It's difficult to find any good news unless we really take time to look.

Yet, we can look inside ourselves and be grateful for the little things. We know our actions speak the truth of our heart.

After a storm when we see those multicolored hues of the rainbow, the darkness in our life turns brighter.

Our troubles dissapate as we look at everything with a new set of eyes.

There is something about a rainbow that changes us inside. It gives us hope.

To read John's work, please follow the link below.

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