Sunday, April 3, 2011

"C" is for Creative Writing

A to Z Blogging Challenge - "C" is for Creative Writing

I love creative writing, but I have to keep at it or I'll get dull. Here's what I do to get the creative juices going.
  1. Write things I don’t normally write. I use writing prompts to stretch my mind.
  2. Have a notebook and pencil handy wherever I go (car, bedside, work). I never know when I'll get inspired.
  3. Write to get it down. I worry about grammar, punctuation and re-writing later
How do you get "creative"? Share in Comments Section.

Writing Exercise: Click on my Writing Prompts Page and pick one topic to write about for 15 minutes. 

I chose the writing prompt "mosquito" (and did a little research). My response is below.

Mama Mosquito
By Dawn M. Hamsher wings beat a tune as I drowsily drift over a backyard fence at dusk. I look around and am happy to see that this yard has everything I need for my task; flowers, a human, and water.

I start my evening with a drink of flower nectar for energy. Ahhh, the sugar revives my tired wings.

Next, I head over to get nourishment for the eggs inside of me. The human lying in the hammock is more than perfect! He is blond and sweaty -- those two things are very attractive to me. I can smell him from across the yard. 

Now, the trick will be to land on him and gently take the blood without him noticing. I have to be very careful for my life is at stake.

I land on his leg and inject my saliva and retrieve the blood. He never felt a thing. 

I'm feeling pretty heavy now. I better get to the water soon. 

The rain barrel's lid does not fit tightly, so I easily fly into the darkness. The water is about half-full and will be perfect for my babies. I hover lower to the still water and lay my eggs. Hundreds of my future children lay in a mass on the water. 

My task is done. I've lived a long 4 weeks and I'm tired. Soon my offspring will carry on without me. I imagine them emerging from the water and flying away. Ahhh, the joys of motherhood.


  1. I spend a lot of time "people watching" and imagining what their lives are like, where they live, where they're from, etc.

  2. I find that reading books and watching movies that I love always give me the itch to write!

  3. I just sit and write whatever comes to mind. Sometimes it is good, most of the time it is not until the rewrites.

  4. I like that this is from the POV of a mosquito. Very creative.

  5. I enjoyed this very much. I've never considered looking at life from a mosquito's point of view. Great creative exercise!

  6. Hello from the A-Z challenge! Enjoying your blog!

  7. I like the idea of using writing prompts. I need to implement that more often.

  8. Li, I like the idea of using "people watching" to get writing ideas!

    Laura, Yeah, books always give me ideas and now I look for how the author writes to give me ideas too.

    All, Thank you for your comments. If I haven't already, I'll be by to visit your blogs soon. I plan to visit all 1000+.

  9. I love your site and as I browsed your blog I decided to award you the Powerful Woman Writer Award.
    Go to and pick up your award.

  10. Although I write a lot of freelance because it pays the bills, my passion is creative writing. My favorite creative writing is creative non-fiction.


  11. Awesome exercises. Inspirational and fun. That's what I like.

  12. As an avid (ok, I will admit Im more scared than anything else LOL) writer I love reading your posts, and your tips are worth their weight in gold <3 Thankyou!

  13. All, thank you so much for commenting. I am learning so much (and getting to know a little about you too).

    I'm glad you are having as much fun as I am. My blog is about learning new things myself and asking you to come along side!

    Deirdra, thank you for the award! I have it listed on by Badges link.


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