Tuesday, 3 January 2012


Maass Prompts, My Reckless Journal and the WIP

When Sally Quiller set a challenge she made it big: 100K in 100 days. Over on her blog, Quiller's Place -View From The Shed she outlined her vision. It didn't matter what you wrote but it did matter that you wrote regularly.

2012 is different 

This is day three, I have added 2, 700 words to my wip.

Every morning, I get a text full of inspirational prompts.

As one of my challenges for 2012 is to write regularly and recklessly, every day ;) I have created new ideas or written freely in response to one of the writing prompts. 

I have made my lunch time the time to write wild. 

Today, I spent ten minutes writing in response to Prompt 3.

The new buds push the old
leaves from the bough.
We drop our youth behind us
like a boy
Throwing away his toffee-wrappers.
We never see the flower,
But only the fruit in the flower;
never the fruit,
But only the rot in the fruit.
We look for marriage bed
In the baby's cradle, 
we look for 
the grave in the bed:
not living,
But rising dead.
(From Rising Five by Norman Nicholson)

New blood. 
No Last in, First out: blow. 
I am fresh. 
Now is here. 

Let youth slide in and all the way by 
they were days of insecurity dressed in spots. 
I won't bring that boy with me. 
What would I do with him, now I'm the man?

I tear through packages to find brief pleasures but it ain't toffee wrappers I throw behind me. 
No trip-trap tapping here, I'm a dull fun fan.
What I take is tasty. 
Consumption is the juice that fuels but I ain't going to pay. 

I don't need relationship rot: that has freshness like irradiated preservatives and a paint on shine. 
But, I see marriage: different needs together playing the genetic lottery. When I'm ringing, I'll hold what's mine and reach for more. I want Little Me with reassurances, I won't wait to look for my shade in his eye or watch his nose as he grows. What is this living thing?

Living is fighting. 
Slow or hard, life is fighting death.


Half by accident, I am keeping a writing journal. 
Some entries are words, some are phrases or complete sentence but others are longer responses to Quiller's writing prompts.

Tomorrow, I start my writing course. 

I'm having fun and drinking water - but they are from a different set of resolutions ;)



  1. A writing course? Fun! I hope you have a great time.
    I want 2012 to be better than last year. Each year I want to improve. That's my main goal.
    Best wishes to you in 2012!

  2. Best wishes for a new writing year, Elaine.

  3. I think you've definitely improved on the prompt, Elaine. Great stuff!

  4. I hope 2012 will be better too. There was nothing wrong with 2011 though. :)

    I hope you have an awesome 2012.

  5. Hi Emily
    Great disappointment on the writing course front - the start date isn't until next week :( What am I going to do for seven days ;)

    Hi Glynis
    Thanks :D I hope this year is all you could wish for. Congratulations on the birth of your grand daughter, what a cutie :)

    Hi Madeline
    *grins Thanks I sent out to capture a stronger flavour - more now that previous ;)

    Hi Kimberly
    Thank you. I loved 2011. I'm hoping to love 2012 more, what a year for all Brits ;)

  6. I'm doing the same challenge - 100k in 100 days. I didn't sign up for the prompts because I know what I need to work on, but I'm loving it so far. New follower :)

  7. I love your idea of writing wild time. It's one I'd love to try to squeeze into my schedule.

  8. Wow, looks like this prompt thing has been very good for your writing. That wild time sounds awesome :)


  9. I think adding that element of recklessness is a great thing. We often happen on the best ideas when we release ourselves from the rules or set genres we usually write in. Writing what pulls at you each and every day will really boost your creative spirit I'm thinking! Good for you!

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

  10. Hi Tasha
    Welcome to the blog - I'm glad you decided to come along for the ride. I'm struggling with the word count numbers but embracing the Reckless - probably because the notebook goes so well with lunch ;)

    Hi M
    I have to say I'm loving the Journal. As well as Prompt 1 from 100Kin100days I collected words for the lexicon and some hooks - 45 minutes well spent :D
    Today's Reckless made me write :
    holidaymaker in the tropics can't find a child

    Hi Donna
    It is fun to collect ideas in one place. I'm considering it to be my JK Journal - after reading SP Sipal's Guest Blogger I'm looking for 25 words starting with Q, tomorrow ;)

    Hi Angela
    I became worried about my fluency in writing when I realised I think fluently in fantasy ;) quite specifically high concept paranormal and science fiction - and all that with a poetical accent ;)
    The Creative Writing Course and Reckless Writing are helping to make me think broad and to learn a wider written vocabulary ;)