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Word Prompts Help Creativity ~ Week 50 (Puzzle)

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 50 (Puzzle)" 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.

"E.E. Cummings ~ A Poets Advice to Students (1955)


We lost the Battle

I had alot of this article written yesterday but Ron took a turn for the worse first thing in the morning.

We struggled for a long time with this battle trying to fight his cancer, but we lost this battle at 4:25 am this morning.

I am thankful for each and everyone of you for being with me during this time.

I will be taking some time off for a few weeks. I'm not certain how long it will take before we have a service since he is being cremated.

Please keep writing and I will check in from time to time and don't forget to work on the word prompt, "Puzzle" if you want too.

I will read them when I feel up to it.

Thank you all.

Ice Storm vs Beautiful Snow

It's hard to imagine what other parts of earth are like while I sit here in my own little corner of the world.

Even more distressing, is how it can be so different a few miles down the road.

We suffered a major ice storm which started right before sunrise and lasted until the wee hours of the morning, before changing to all snow.

While other areas nearby had only snow. A few lucky spots contended with only raindrops.

Those pounded with snowflakes were buried in about a foot of the white stuff.

I'm not certain which is worse, the ice or the snow, but I'm willing to bet it's the ice.

In case we had an emergency, I bundled up putting on my winter coat and slid on my boots, then went outside to clean off our vehicles. I was met with quite a challenge.

Ice at least 4 inches thick and doors that refused to open.

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I chipped away at the layers while letting the engines run. It took about an hour before I was successful and this was only the windshield.

I'm glad it's over for now.

I must say the white covered ground looks quite beautiful glistening in the sunshine.

It gives new meaning to the phrase: "Looks can be deceiving."



Inspiration can come to us in many forms. It can be a simple encounter with someone at the grocery store or while taking a walk.

My favorite type of inspiration comes from feelings, like the moment we feel happiness or sadness.

Maybe we’ve been watching a Hallmark movie or something similar that brought tears to our eyes.

Or maybe we listened to a song on the radio that filled our hearts with joy.

Take a moment to evaluate how you really feel and why you feel this way.

Then put those feelings into words. Paint us a story showing us how you feel.

Don’t just tell us.

Show us with metaphors like this one:

Her heart is fluttering like a butterfly.

"Improve Your Writing: Show, not tell" ~ Benjamin English

The Ultimate Writing Guide

I encourage everyone to get a copy of Bill Holland's book, " The Ultimate Writing Guide." It is available on Kindle unlimited and Amazon.

In Bill's book he tells us about the passion of writing & how it is an art.

He shows us how to make our writing better with some great tips.
Like to find your own voice & write with a passion.

He tells us to be unique & get rid of negative thoughts.
He goes into detail and helps us to learn how to describe emotions.

He shows us how to take a risk as writer & go after our dreams.

His advice throughout this book includes necessary information for beginners as well as esteemed writers.

You will not be disappointed by any of the direction Bill gives in this book.

Pick up a copy for your own library to refer to from time to time.

I'm glad I have it in mine.

Word Prompt = Puzzle

This week I was putting together a jigsaw puzzle, a new hobby Ron and I picked up, and it dawned on me how life is one big mystery, but yet we keep trying to find the right pieces to make it work.

So, I decided to use the word "Puzzle" as our word prompt.

I hope you like it.

A puzzle is something that confuses us. It requires thought and a bit of skill to figure out a solution.

It can also be that moment when another person baffles us. We can't understand the reasons for his actions.

We're left puzzled.

Maybe you feel like that one lost and lonely piece of a puzzle that no one can put together.

I wrote that line in a poem, "Butterfly" which is being published in an upcoming E~Magazine by Causerieofficial.

Or maybe you look at life as one giant jigsaw puzzle where each one of us plays a valuable part in this game called Life.

I love the photo above which says "We're all different, but as a team we fit together."

I believe our Hubpages community fits this mold. We accept one another's differences and help each other along the way.

This recent comment fiasco is a great example. It definitely put a crimp in our style, but we all worked together and have managed to keep it going.

We are a team that fits together.

So, let's see what we can do with this one. Pick up your pens and jot down a few lines.

Life is a puzzle,

the more you try to resolve it,

the more you'll get trapped in it's mystery.

So, let the life lead it's way & let it teach you

the lesson at every phase.

— Rahul Singh


Highlights This Week

Instead of doing Highlights this week, I wanted to let you know that Ron has taken a turn for the worse.

Just since this morning, he has gone downhill quickly.

My mind is spinning too much to concentrate and I feel like I am sinking.

My heart has shattered into so many pieces already. I don't know if I can handle this, but I am trying my best.

I know that his footsteps won't be walking this land much longer, so I've decided not to write a word prompt article for at least the next 2 weeks.

My hope is that you continue to work on this week's word prompt, "Puzzle.

I will log in every now & then to stay in touch. Hopefully, I will feel up to reading some beautiful and awesome words written by all of you.

I have put a link below to Bill Holland "s book which I have downloaded onto my Kindle Unlimited.

It is great advice for Writer's and I highly reccomend it.


John Hansen

In John Hansen's introduction he shares a conversation with us from another Hubber about this word prompt series.

The following is an excerpt:

"To me, it’s almost like an insult to the writer’s intelligence, who is so “dry” in his head that he needs to be “prompted”, stating that he believes this series to be quite silly.

John replies courteously, showing respect for this series by pointing out how these word prompts benefit him.

To me, we're all different and we are allowed to have our own opinions. In my book though, word prompts help inspire us.

It's not that we don't have thoughts of our own, it's that these prompts help to give us a refreshing break. They take us on a journey where we have fun along the way.

It breaks us away from our normal routine & inspires our creativity. It makes us better writer's.

I can attest that John Hansen can write on any subject and is blessed with an inspirational gift.

I'm happy if these little word prompts help him in any way to share his words with the world.

In his poem, "Respect" he shows that we need to show respect for everyone around us, as well as nature.

If we have respect for others, it comes back to us.

Next, John shows us how journey his writing process transpires.

He explains how he jots notes in a notebook & then revises them.
Most of the time I revise mine on my mobile phone which keeps a history of each draft & time written.
When I scribble my words out on the page as you have, I often have a hard time reading my own writing.

Your's seems quite elegant & legible.

I love the way you wrote "RESPECTFUL ~ An Acrostic Poem." Each short crisp word gives this one a strong impact.

Sometimes respect goes out the window & people believe in lies instead.

The quote in your photo of Proverbs 12:25 is wonderful for this piece
~ When worry weighs a person down, an encouraging word cheers a person up.
Proverbs 12:25

"Show Respect For Fellow Writers" reminds us that we all write about things that touch our own hearts & we should respect one another's work.
I love that part about trying to write in the language of others.

I'm certain my words wouldn't make much sense to them.

A point we all need to remember as we read work from others around the globe.

Please follow the link and read this piece.


Nithya Venkat

Nithya Venkat
Your poem, "Respect - a Feeling from the Heart" shows us that emotional feeling we hold inside our hearts for those we respect.

We appreciate their value & listen when they speak.

It also shows us the importance of valuing oneself ~ self respect.

"Accept Me As I Am" shows us how it's important to accept others the way they are and they must accept us that way too....Just the Way I Am is a catchy title.

Great writing on these poems.

I'll post a link in the word prompt article.

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