Saturday Ideas #99

The purpose of this blog is to help writers with their work, to be museful or perhaps instrumental in unclogging thoughts. To this end, I am providing a daily question, beginning sentence, beginning paragraph, prompt, and word-of-the-day to stimulate your “little gray cells.”

Question: How long do your fingers remain poised upon the keyboard between thoughts?

Sentence: Sitting on the back patio, enjoying the unusually warm winter weather, Brenda’s eyes automatically closed when a soft breeze touched her face.

Paragraph: Henry Cougar smelled. His arthritis kept him from taking showers or baths. The best he could do was soap and water on a wash cloth, but he could not reach most of his body. Although Mrs. Cougar was disgusted with her husband of fifty-five years, she was not about to help him with his hygiene.

Prompt: Describe a time when you were lost.

Word of the Day: burble v.i. 1. to make a bubbling sound; bubble; gurgle.  2. to speak in an excited manner. – n. 3. a bubbling or gentle flow.  4. an excited flow of speech. (RANDOM HOUSE WEBSTER’S COLLEGE DICTIONARY, 1991)

If your work needs a title, tweaking, or critiquing, please do not hesitate to ask. Cyranette is here for you.


About Cyranette

I have been writing since I was 11 and am now a grandmother of 9. Aside from my family, I love writing, reading, movies, gardening, genealogy, and travel. I met my soulmate online and we've been married 19 years. I am a survivor of rape, abuse, and cancer. I believe in love, kindness, and common sense. I was born/raised in Indiana and have lived in Massachusetts, Texas, and California. I have visited: most of the United States, British Columbia, Germany, Austria, and Costa Rica. My husband and I would like to visit England, Europe, and New Zealand and to take a train ride along the Canadian/American border. I have written essays, articles, short stories, a romance novel, a self-help book, and several children's books.
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2 Responses to Saturday Ideas #99

  1. karmicangel says:

    So funny that that is your question today: How long do your fingers remain poised upon the keyboard between thoughts? Yesterday as I was writing (I write long-hand, but still) I was stuck on how I wanted to describe a scene and found myself sitting there, pen poised over moleskin for a few minutes. Just then my bus driver announced my stop, and I had to hop off at which point (of course) the scene crystallized perfectly in my head, and I had to repeat it to myself over and over till I got in my front door and could write it down without freezing off my digits.
    So in answer to your question – TOO long yesterday.

    • Cyranette says:

      Excellent comment. Thank you for sharing. It’s so good to hear from someone who still writes longhand. My filing cabinets are full of it. A notebook and a bag of sharpened pencils go with me every time I fly or take a road trip. 🙂

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