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Writing Me: A Writing Tradition {Melissa}

‘Tis the season of hayrides and pumpkin pies, costumes and candy corn, drifting leaves that turn into falling snow and crisp mornings with flannel sheets and chunky sweaters that lend way to days full of tradition. What does the word tradition make you think of? What does it make you feel? Is there a tradition you partake in every year, or one from your childhood that stands out?

Take the word TRADITION and tell us what it means to you.

Go where your words and recollections take you. A few lines, or dozens, in whatever form moves you, write as your heart responds to the prompt.

Today’s post comes to us from Melissa:

This time of year is all about traditions. Traditional celebrations, meals, rituals. We have a little tradition here at Bigger Picture Blogs, it’s something I personally look forward to every single year.  ‘Twas the write before Christmas  a writing and creativity event.

I love the five (or more) minutes of me time I get by participating in the event. I cherish the stories it brings out of me when I can just sit and think about the holidays and this seasons from different prompts.

All good traditions evolve and so has ours. This year we are giving you words and pictures, and we’re giving you a head start. Below you will find a list of all the prompts text portion. Pin it, share it, save it.

Starting on December 3 we will have the prompts post here, daily with a new picture related to the prompt. You can take your inspiration from the text or the picture or both! There will be a linky opened on each post where you can share how the prompt inspired you, in a words, in images, in butter cream frosting, however you are inspired.

In a time of year where the hustle and bustle of all that we have to do can sap us of all our creativity and inspiration this is a quick and easy way you can take some time to feed your creative soul and focus on what this season  means to you.

Happy creating!

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We would love to feature you {yes, YOU!} and your piece here on Bigger Picture Blogs. We would love to encourage and support our community in this writing exercise, and we hope you all will join us! Click HERE to find out more!

Writing Me {Melissa}

Writing Me is Bigger Picture Blogs series of writing exercises created to help our community dive deeper into writing, grow creatively, and learn about ourselves and each other. This quarter we are writing from the prompt “I Remember…” and each week we will feature one of our community members.

This week’s post comes to us from Melissa.

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© M. Haak | Peanut Butter in my Hair.com | 2012

 I remember nothing and everything. I forget the mundane, the why I came into the room, what I was supposed to do. The feelings, the fears, the memories of yesterday cloud my head. I try to capture them, hold them down on paper and clear them from my  head.

I remember the time before sadness and fear moved in but it’s like a figure standing down the road in a fog. I can make out the silhouette but can’t tell who it is.

I remember not to wallow or to punish but to but to focus the joy of today. The light that has entered and goodness that surrounds us.

I remember, daily that there is no joy with our sorrow.

I want to remember it all the good the bad, the ugly the beautiful. It’s all part of my story and deserves a place.

Writing Circles: Growing Writers’ Creativity and Skill

We all have different stories behind why we write.

We love words; we love painting pictures with sentences, capturing moments, journaling the purest and rawest of emotion.

We writers write because we cannot not write.

But in writing, there are writer’s blocks we authors sometimes blindly slam into; we all know the scenario of coming up blank when we’re brimming with emotion or hesitating before pushing publish or wish for just another set of eyes to read what’s come spilling out of our fingertips.

We don’t just need inspiration, a stirring prompting to let creativity flow and grow us in our art; we also need other writers to surround us and give praise, encouragement, constructive criticism if we are to really come into our full writer skins.

Perhaps, you’ve read some of the Reading Circles posts by the magnificent Jade, and it’s stirred your desire to really begin honing your craft and skill? Maybe you’ve hit a plateau and need some inspiration? Or maybe you desperately need another voice to help shed light on your own written words?

Whatever the case may be — whether you are a seasoned writer or have recently found the love of a pen in your hand {or keys at your fingertips!}, Bigger Picture Blogs Writing Circles might be just what you need to stretch your writerly mind and heart.

Here are the details:

What: A group of three to five writers will come together via Skype with the aid of Google Docs to share a written piece in the genre of “Fiction/Short Story” to hear each piece read and then give engage in a praise/critique session with each writing piece. A prompt will be assigned and a word limit will be suggested a week before the Writing Circle meets.

When: Sunday April 29 8 p.m. CST

Your host/moderator: Melissa from Peanut Butter in my Hair

Genre description: Fiction: something created and  imagined by you based on a prompt. It can be a short story or a scene from something bigger.

How and Where: Via Skype and Google Documents in the comfort of your own home!

Details:  Writing Circle is absolutely free of charge, but there is only space for FOUR participants. The first four people to  register will be accepted. Please fill out this form to register.

Comments? Questions? Leave it below and we’ll be sure to answer!

Our first Writing Circle was a huge success and everyone had a great time! You can read some of the post from that writing circle (genre was Life out Loud/Memoir) at Undercover Mother, Alita Jewel’s Treasures and Sassy Irish Lassie.

Live. Love. Write.