This is the second part to our round-robin no prompt, just write something down for ten minutes and pass it to the left. I hope you enjoy!
Bev picks up from where Susan left off:
However, Monopoly Deal is not our only skill. We are masters of “getting over and getting through.” For over ten years we have seen life through four lives—and it hasn’t always been pretty. Put four very diverse women with the same passion for writing into the same writing environment and life is going to intrude on a regular basis. Michelle has had two babies and home schools. Her nice quiet and unaffecting demeanor has seen her through trauma and joy—and we were fortunate enough to share the experience.
Pat had major surgery after years of illness—and through it all travelled, ate, wrote and—most importantly laughed with us. Susan faced the loss of her mother—the “moving on with life” of her children and a church ever ravenous for her wonderful desserts. And Bev, let’s just say she’s another story.
So “getting over and getting through” is really our mantra. Whatever comes up seems to be “doable” in this group. But it’s always done with laughter and generally with good will. Prompts are aggravating, but our writing group isn’t.
Pat wraps it up:
And prompts only jar something that already exists. If it is a prompt about a dreary Saturday makes us contemplate how we felt at present, how we have felt about something in the past, or we launch into fiction, that possibly needed to come out for one reason or another.
Prompts, while daunting or intimidating or fear-inducing, are tools that we have used for well over a decade to stir something in us that we love having stirred.
It is an incredible feeling to stare at the blank page with what seems like a ridiculous phrase or sentence at the top and then, thirty minutes later have anywhere from one to five pages of words filling up the white space.
Like today for example. We were not in the mood. That is not an uncommon tale. Sadly it is really familiar. And yet here we are, forty minutes later, we will have written on four different topics following story lines began by one of our co-members, and pulled something out when we thought nothing was there.
That sums up the purpose of forcing to write a prompt. We learn we can write. Writing is a part of us. Every day-at the ready. Regardless of how it feels or seems.
So what do you think of this? You never know what you can get from brain to pen when you are forced to start writing. Do you have any stories to share about when writing has been difficult or it helped you through a hard time? We’d love to hear from you!
Next time we will hear from Bev, how she started her no-prompt and how the rest of us continued on.