In this strange new world, I often find it hard to motivate myself in the ways that were second nature to me in the past. Having been made redundant by ASG Technologies in December 2017, I spent two years looking for a job before I became a delivery driver for Ocado. It was an awful period of my life. Then I had two lovely dogs die on me and my amazing father died too.
Even though I should have had more time on my hands, I felt less inclined to run and to write, two activities that I have always enjoyed. Even now, I am only running a couple of times a week and I have lost my mojo when it comes to writing.
Recently however, I have been motivated by a couple of challenges that I discovered on Esther Chilton’s blog.
On Mondays, she posts a one-word prompt for limericks. Those of her followers who take up the challenge are very creative and entertaining with their efforts.
On Thursdays, Esther posts another one-word prompt. This time, the challenge is to write a five-word story that includes the prompt. Once again, the creativity of respondents is wonderful.
The challenges are not difficult but they are enough to set the cogs of my tiny mind into motion. I love doing them and it is encouraging to receive a bit of feedback from Esther and from the other participants. It is fun.
You should give it a go!
Here’s an example of one of the limericks that I’ve recently submitted. This one is in response to the prompt ‘Shower.’
It’s terribly wet down on the Gower,
Where the forecast is always so dour.
It may appear to be fine
When the sun, it doth shine,
But we’re sure to be in for a shower.
You’ll find a few more to enjoy on my limericks page.
And here are a few examples of five-word stories that I churned out in response to the one-word prompt ‘Eyebrows.’
Caterpillar eyebrows become beautiful butterflies.
Stencil with an eyebrow pencil.
Bond arch-eyebrowed his arch enemy.
Bushy eyebrows imply bushy bush.
Eyebrows: hair of bare? Hair!
Barbie and Ken are eyebrowless.
Fingernails and eyebrows comprise keratin.
Helena Bonham Carter: highbrow eyebrows.
Her eyebrows are Cupid’s arrows.
Saucy, smooth, sensual, suggestive eyebrows.
Dirty Bertie had flirty eyebrows.
I’ve a thing about eyebrows.
Baron Denis Winston Eyebrows Healey.
Racy eyebrows light my fire.
For more entertainment along the same lines, take a look at my five-word stories page.