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What memories does this picture bring to mind?

Write a story about growing pumpkins, or write a story about walking by this everyday and how seeing it would make you feel.

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What does this picture make you think about?

Write about a first day of school for a child, a teacher, or a parent. Or, write about having to ride a bus to school.

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If you’re a writer who has spent years trying to get published, it’s normal to occasionally think about giving up. After all, how nice to quit feeling guilty when you can’t find the time to write or revise. How lovely to spend time with friends and family instead of with your computer. How freeing to trash the spreadsheet you use to keep track of all your submissions and rejections.

But then again, you wouldn’t have hung in there this long if you didn’t love writing, or have a desire to be published. So for those times when frustration makes you think about walking away, get a poster like this and place it in a prominent place.

Success requires hard work, patience, and persistence. The person who wins is the one who doesn’t quit. In this case, the writer who keeps writing after so many others drop out has a better chance of getting published.

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What does this picture inspire you to write?

Write a story about a child who lives at a lighthouse. Or, write about a chance encounter here.

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What does this picture make you think about?

How did this happen? Whose fault? What happens now?

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What story does this picture conjure up?

Write about who made this path? When did they create it? Why? Where does it lead?

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What does this picture make you think about?

Who owns these Raggedy’s? Who loves them, lost them, sold them, remembers them?

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Create a story based on this picture.

Why is someone standing behind these trees looking at this ship?

 

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Imagine a story here.

Write about what is over the crest of the hill?

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Like many people, I’ve been tuned into the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London. As I watched these Olympic athletes striving for success in their chosen sport, it occurred to me that writers have a lot in common with them. We’re all trying to get across the finish line, hopefully with a win.

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Ways that athletes and writers are alike:

  1. Practice, practice, practice. We don’t improve without it.
  2. We do better with a mentor, friend, or relative to cheer us on.
  3. No matter how hard we work, there is no guarantee where we’ll finish, or if we’ll win.
  4. Most of us do it because we love it, it’s who we are, or we’re driven.
  5. We face moments of crushing disappointment and incredible elation.
  6. We need a lot of head talk to keep us on track.
  7. We are judged by others as to the quality of our performance, or writing.
  8. Many athletes, like writers, work in solitude. It can get lonely.
  9. We need a coach, or critique group, to help us see our weaknesses and improve.
  10. Great effort can separate us from the pack, and endurance may help us win.
  11. We have to be very disciplined, have a strong work ethic and be determined.
Kelly Calway

Kelly Calway (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And no matter if we are writer or athlete, the journey will teach us more about ourselves and change us forever.

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