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The Process: Brenda Arledge Poetry Prompt Response Week 42

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Alyssa is an avid reader, writer, and coffee enthusiast. She loves sharing thoughts, ideas, and creative writings with the world.


The prompt for week 42 was writing. This was the perfect opportunity to describe how creative writing works for me. Long story short, it doesn't. I can sit for hours and have nothing to show for it. Forcing the words on the page never works, and unfortunately for me, I'm not a patient person. (Side note, I'm exciting about that prompt!) Sometimes I get lucky and the prompt will pretty much write itself. Most times, however, I have to wait until the mood strikes me. This is the exact opposite of what you're supposed to do, according to basically everyone on the internet:

Just practice. Sit and write every day. Let the words flow, it doesn't matter what you write, just put words down to paper.

Ha! Yeah right, sure. No, that doesn't work for me.

Bill always says, and I love this, to leave it sit and go have some ice cream. That's usually what I do, minus the ice cream. I end up leaving the ideas in a note on my phone and move on to other projects. There's always something that needs my attention, whether it's other writing pieces, chores, or a workout. Eventually when I least expect it, something hits me and the words flow.

The following piece reflects all that.

A big thank you to Brenda for these prompts. I've chosen to participate, although I'm usually late to the party, but as much as it might seem like I'm complaining, I truly enjoy the challenge.

I also want to extend a thank you and shout out a few of my other Hubpages pals for their inspiration, support, and encouragement. Bill, who continues to be one of my biggest supporters. Without his encouragement and kind words, I doubt I'd still be plugging away at this creative writing venture. John, who is an amazing writer and always has kind words for my writing. It's truly an honor. And Pamela, who reads everything and is so sweet. I appreciate all of your kind words.

I never imagined the wonderful feedback I would get when I first starting sharing my creative side again. When I get too inside my head about it all and debate on throwing in the towel, I remember all the lovely feedback, take a deep breath, and remind myself that it's not that serious. It's supposed to be fun.

I greatly appreciate my four Hubpages pals, and everyone who takes the time to read my responses to Brenda's prompts.

Thank you.

Now that I've stalled for a good amount of time...


The Process

I sit

and I wait


and fret

but still they won't come.

Back to my old tricks

Lana crooning in my ear

but the page remains blank

making a mockery

with every cursor flash.

I can feel them


just out of reach

on the edge

of my periphery

but every time

I extend my hand

they move farther away.

What's going on?

What's wrong with me?

I have all the words

but they refuse to fit together

random puzzle pieces

lost in a jumbled pile.

And so

I close it up

call it a day

store everything

in the back of my mind

because it's always

when I least expect it

that the words

grace me with their presence.


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