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The Big 150

Sup y'all

I’ve just gotten to the end of #NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), and I didn’t write as much as I’d hoped. No, no, no, this isn’t one of those ‘oh, woe is me, life is so harrrrd’ types of posts. I got to see Folsom Prison (pictured above, RIP Johnny Cash), and I wrote A LOT - just not as much as I'd originally hoped. Writers write, but sometimes we stare at a blank screen for hours with the intention of writing, and that counts, too. (If you say it doesn’t count, I’d have to direct you to any other writer who will agree... because I will die on this hill.) NaNoWriMo produced some wonderful words and some delightful copy from these little fingertips of mine, but I feel like it might be helpful for me to shift my focus to something other than the book I’ve been writing and the client website I just finished rewriting.

A couple years ago I bought these boxes of cards that were kinda hokey, but as I am a little hokey at times, they caught my attention. One of the packs contains 150 writing prompts across six categories: Life, Self, Education, World, Relationships, and Random. (Yes, the category "Random" cracks me up. Here are all these wonderful, potentially thought-provoking categories, and then here's one category that kitchen sinks all the things we couldn't somehow fit into "Life." Lol.) So, to get myself out of my writing 'rut' (ugh, what a dirty, dirty word), I thought it might be fun to take myself on a journey - a 150 prompt journey to be exact. I’m not yet sure how frequently I will be posting these writing prompts or exactly how much of what I write will get posted (because some things are just *~noneya beeswax~*), but I think this would be a nice way to reestablish a writing routine separate of novel, screen, and copywriting. I'm currently thinking once a week, but we'll see (*cue the cryptic music playing in the background*).

Some of these prompts will be fun to write, and I’m sure some of them will be torture. The deck is organized by color based on category, so all the “Life” cards will be in a chunk. I doubt that writing 30 prompts in a row based on deep-thinking about life will be all that fun, so that’s something I’ll have to figure out.

Otherwise, sit back, relax, pour yourself a cuppa tea, and come along for the ride. It might get messy sometimes, but I’ll do my best to keep it entertaining. And who knows?! Maybe we’ll all learn something along the way.

- Johny


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