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Word Prompts Help Creativity ~ Week 40 (Boredom)

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 40 (Boredom)" is an article I write to help inspire our creativity.

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

"James Patterson: What I've Learned ~ by literaryguild"


Another Tragedy

When I turned on my television this afternoon, Tuesday, November 30th, 2021, I heard devastating news about another school shooting.

This one took place at Oxford High School in Oxford, Michigan.

They say calls began coming into the 911 dispatch about 12:51 p.m. with reports of an active shooter.

3 students were killed and 8 others were injured. A 15 year old male student is in custody.

Oxford Michigan is a small place with a population of under 4000 people.

I imagine it's a nice community where alot of people know one another.

My heart goes out to each and every person affected by this tragedy.

Each time something like this happens, I wonder why, but I have no answers.

Please pray for everyone in this community to find healing.



"You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it."

— Neil Gaiman

This quote by Neil Gaiman clearly points out those aha moments when we as writers know our muse is conjuring up a story.

Our thoughts can't concentrate on anything else. It's like a bolt of lightning strikes us.

Our mind is filled with a bunch of jumbled thoughts which we manage to decipher and put down into written word.

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Usually when I begin to write a piece of poetry, there is absolutely no stopping those ideas from popping into my mind.

It's like I feel an urgency to pen a few paragraphs before I put it to rest overnight. Then with a fresh set of eyes, I look at it in the morning.

No doubt, the poem just doesn't feel write. So, I play around with the words until I believe my words convey the meaning I'm trying to get across.

There are times it sems like clockwork and everything falls into place quite easily.

Othertimes, it's like a giant puzzle with tiny pieces and it takes my muse some time to figure out how to put it all together.

Word Prompt = Boredom

Our word this week is "Boredom."

Boredom is how we feel when we have a lack of interest in doing something we could do.

It's the state of being weary or restless.

We really want to do something, but we're not sure what we want to do.

We're tired of being stuck in the house from being quarantined due to Covid-19.

We've been ill with a common cold, flu, or other illness and we're beginning to get a bit restless.

Your friends are busy and you find yourself all alone.

It's raining outside and your tired of being stuck in the house.

You've looked forward to watching your favorite TV show only to discover it's not going to be on tonight.

You're attending a seminar and the speaker is really boring.

You're a student in a classroom and the teacher's lesson isn't interesting.

You're a "Golf or Football Widow" and find yourself being forced to spend time alone.

Boredom actually feeds your creativity. It's when you write your best work.

This word can play out in many different scenarios, so let's see what we can write.

Pick up your pens and jot down a few lines.

"I'm So Bored ~ by Anesti Danelis"

It's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.

— Marilyn Monroe


Highlights This Week

Let's give a warm welcome to two Hubbers who decided to join in on the fun this week.

Gianella Labrador & Abby Slutsky

Please take a few moments to read a little bit about them and become familiar with their work by tapping on the names highlighted above.

I'd also like to point out a few pieces of work written for previous word prompts.

Alyssa Nichol has written two responses, one for "Strength" and the other for "Sonder."

These both are worth the wait. You won't be disappointed. Simply click the highlighted words to read her work.

I also forgot to mention one last week written by Umesh Chandra Bhatt on Experiment.

Take a moment to read this futuristic science fiction story that begins in the year 2436.


A Dear John Letter To Anxiety, Plus More ~ Misbah

Misbah Sheikh gives us a detailed description of anxiety by breaking them down into different types.

Her poem "Anxiety" touches upon the feelings of one who suffers from anxiety.

He totally realizes something is wrong, but he cannot get out free from its grip.

Others stop being around him because his attitude changes quickly from calm to angry.

Like a tree growing without roots, his anxiety keeps moving. It seems like nothing can stop it.

His stress makes it worse. He wants someone to understand & hold him.

She includes this quote:

"There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will."

It reminds me of the saying...

"Give it to God"

We are not in control, so we need to stop trying so hard.

Then she adds some wonder tips to get rid of anxiety like keeping a journal, spending time with loved ones, a good diet, and a healthy mindset.

Start living in the present moment and not in the past or future. This way you can overcome the powerful emotion of anxiety.

Her next piece of work,
"A Letter I Received From My Anxiety & What I Wrote Back" is absolutely terrific.

It clearly shows how anxiety takes control over our body & life. Then tells us how to get rid of it.

This is a wonderful piece of work where Anxiety tells you he is there all the time and reminds you of the moment you two first met.

Then you talk to your anxiety and bid him farewell.

This one is a must read for everyone.

My words can not justify her article but how she handles ANXIETY's hold by writing a letter, seems like a terrific way to let it go.

Her next article "Soothing Phrases You Can Use to Help Someone With Anxiety" shows us how to put ourselves in someone else's shoes. Then have patience while we try to help them deal with anxiety.

She list examples of what to say or ask the person, explaining each sentence in detail.

These are all good ideas.

Take a few moments to read each one of these. You might even wish to save them for future reference.


Fairytale about the Evil Step-Sisters ~ John Hansen

John Hansen's article tells us Anxiety is the mind and body's reaction to stressful, dangerous, or unfamiliar situations.

Then he shows us the signs and symptoms of a person who has an anxiety disorder pointing out how debilitating it can be. They often no longer leave their house and feel depressed.

He has created a poem, "Anxiety and Depression ~ the Evil Step-Sisters" in a cute little fairytale to help us to understand how anxiety & depression takes over someone's life.

This poem shows us happiness can survive. We can defeat anxiety and depression.

He uses anxiety and depression as the two evil step sisters and happiness is more like Cinderella and the glass slipper.

If you haven't taken the time to read this one, please do.

You will not regret it.

"From The Pencil of James Patterson ~ CBS Monday Morning"


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