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Writing Prompt #1: Bringing My Neighborhood To Life

I’m still working on the focused direction I’d like to see this blog take, but as it’s almost a year later and I still haven’t quite narrowed it down, I’m going to use the platform also as a kind of online journal to catalogue my writing journey. After all, the word ‘babbling’ is part of my blog identity, so I can talk about whatever I want, right?

As most of you know, I quit my daily grind of an office job back in February to focus full-time on freelance writing. Two weeks ago, I also started graduate school at Gannon University, so I’ve really been trying to those creative juices flowing again. When you spend every day methodically cranking out pitches to editors, getting responses about 10% of the time, and then jobs from about 10% of those, the well of writing ideas can run dry.

To keep my well full, I’ve begun starting my day with The Writer’s Daily Companiona book that serves up daily writing insight, inspiration, and prompts to help me feel motivated by the time I finish my coffee. I decided to share the results of these prompts here, in hopes that it might inspire some of you who love to write, or that, at the very least, it serves as a catalogue of my journey and improvement as a writer.

For Tuesday, September 12, 2017, I have been tasked with bringing my own neighborhood to life:

A symphony of giggles and growls jolts me awake each morning. Children hop and skip by to the elementary school, while by nutmeg brown Labrador excitedly guard our home against any of these tiny, bouncing humans who don’t have the fiery red hair and deep-set, mischievous eyes of the little one who scurries  down our steps to join the stampede.

The steam from my coffee swirls with the exhaust smoke from the engines of cookie-cutter cars that stretch their joints to shake off the stillness of the night. I stand on the lawn and crack my neck and knuckles to the rhythm of the pitter-patter of footsteps left by the busy bees who scurry off to earn the right to do it all over again tomorrow. I wave to the waking world on Walnut Street, creating my own beat to the symphony of the rural routine I’ve grown to play with joy each day.

This one is short and sweet, but it makes me feel content with the way I start each day.

Do you have any morning routines of familiar sounds and smells that bring your neighborhood to life each day? I’d love to read your own stories.


The Week in Words

The Week in Words

One week ago, Donald Trump shocked the nation with his historic win of the electoral college, and the presidency for the next four years. Tears were shed, relationships were severed, fear was induced, and we have begun to both heal and brace ourselves for the wounds to come. Some of us find solace in anger, some in action, some in education, and some in inspiration. Regardless of your preferred method of self-care, every type of medicine can be found in the written word. Here are some links that have helped me begin to reset, and I hope at least one of them is able to make a similar impact on you.


BuzzFeed contributor Mira Jacob described what she is telling her son about Trump’s America.

The editor of Poetry magazine discusses why so many people have turned to verse to come to terms with the election.

Escape the darkness with some thing darker by diving into these crime reads.

Photo: LitHub

Photo: LitHub

 A list of activist organizations that need your support.

 Advice on how to survive a disaster.

 Things we were all told because we were girls.

Literary voices react to the results of the election.

Photo: LitHub

Photo: LitHub

Why people are looking to Harry Potter for answers.

The New Yorker discusses what normalization really means.

A discussion of the play Rhinocerous by Eugène Ionesco.

Do you have any resources that have helped you grow and recover after this year’s election? Share them in the comments!

Much love,

Beth Ann

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