First of all, a huge thank you to everyone who linked up for Week 1. I was absolutely thrilled to see so many people join in, and to receive so much encouragement for the linky.
…the fact or state of having committed an offence, crime, violation, or wrong, especially against moral or penal law
…a feeling of responsibility or remorse for some offence, crime, wrong, etc., whether real or imagined
…conduct involving the commission of such crimes, wrongs, etc.
Is guilt inherent to being a parent, as the quote would suggest? Do we, by dint of attempting perfection, bring guilt on ourselves? Is this made worse by a society that rewards material/visible success, whether that success is worthwhile or not; and do we simply feed our own guilt through this need for approval?
Welcome to Week 1 of The Prompt! [You can read about how The Prompt came to be here.]
I love photos, I love images, I am a visual person. But, sometimes I get so caught up in the pictures that I forget about the words. I don’t take the time to craft and play and enjoy the wonder of words… They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and I believe this, but words have huge power too.
I love to be transported by words, taken on a journey with the writer, sit on their shoulders and experience their lives and loves; see the world through their eyes and share their sadness and their joy; their understanding, perspective and view; their thoughts and ideas.
I like to be challenged and informed.
A piece of writing can convey information, knowledge, emotion; it can take us to places we’ve never been and change our world view. It can make us cry or it can make us laugh. It can challenge our perceptions, our misconceptions. It can teach us.
There is nothing I enjoy more than getting lost in a wonderful piece of writing.
The idea of The Prompt is to focus on the writing (not that images are banned, but they should not be central!). It is an opportunity to flex our writing muscles a little. Perhaps try something a little different, leave our comfort zone.
To take a ‘prompt’ and write something: a few lines, a few paragraphs, an essay, an anecdote, a story, a poem, a comic strip; anything! For me it’s all about communicating and enjoying the power, inspiration, humour and wonder of words.
The prompt may take the form of a word, a topic, a headline, a quote or a scenario…
The Prompts may be parenting related, or they may not. They may encourage views on a subject, or may lend themselves to recalling a special moment. They may inspire a story or a poem or simply a re-telling of events. They may even, on occasion, be controversial! At the very least, I hope they get us all thinking.
And, without further ado, The Prompt for this first week is a quote:
I hope that you are inspired and that you will come back on Friday to link up your post!
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Each Sunday I will publish The Prompt for that week. The linky will then open the following Friday morning and will stay open until the Thursday after, allowing plenty of time to be inspired and link up!
Update 9 September 2014: This week a wonderful new linky What I’m Writing starts and I really wanted to join in. Revisiting this post, that kicked off The Prompt, seemed appropriate. It describes why I love to write, and now entering Week 34 of The Prompt I can honestly say that it has been amazing! I have loved the challenge and I have been so inspired by all the wonderful writers who join in each week. When The Prompt started I wrote ‘A piece of writing can convey information, knowledge, emotion; it can take us to places we’ve never been and change our world view. It can make us cry or it can make us laugh. It can challenge our perceptions, our misconceptions. It can teach us.’ and every week I see this to be true. I feel very lucky to have discovered blogging and more than lucky that I am finally, actually, writing.