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A couple weeks ago Bridget over at The Happy Quitter started her own Writing Challenge — The Knock, Knock Writing Challenge. I jumped on the band wagon late, but managed to get the third one done. I LOVED it. Bridget’s instructions were:

Write about your favorite painting. Why do you like it? What’s the story behind it, do you know? And why is it special to you?


And it just so happened I had a very special painting to write about. You can find my response on A Colorful Magic. But for challenge four, I totally drew a blank!

The circus is in town. They are one act short. You get a magical cape that gives you a special talent every time you wear it. Like it or not, you will be replacing the missing act. What will it be and why?


I apologized to Bridget for not getting it done. I’ve said forever that I have NO imagination. Now some of you think that’s pretty funny, BUT what I discovered in my short conversation with Bridget on her own response to that challenge shed some light on that subject for me.

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Calensariel says:
September 15, 2015 at 3:12 pm
So THAT’S where the idea of your prompt came from! I’m still thinking on it, hoping to get it done before we leave. My trouble is I find I have NO child’s imagination when it comes to this kind of stuff…

nonsmokingladybug says:
September 15, 2015 at 3:17 pm
I find it very interesting. Many people have no problem answering a writing challenge in form of a given prompt, as they only have to answer a specific question. However, when it comes to imagination, that’s when many don’t know what to write.

You don’t need a child’s imagination…but you do need imagination. Letting lose, not just in life but although in writing…if I may say so~!

Calensariel says:
September 15, 2015 at 3:32 pm
Well you’re right about that. I’m too damn serious ALL the time! I guess I have an easier time with the more concrete prompts? Like the painting one. I LOVED that one. I could relate to it.

nonsmokingladybug says:
September 15, 2015 at 4:14 pm
Because it was a “question-answer’ thing. Would have been different if I would have asked you to describe a picture you might have in your head 🙂

Calensariel says:
September 15, 2015 at 7:17 pm
I think I could have done that since I know what kind of art I like. Maybe!

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Coming out of that conversation I realized I have no problem writing about concrete subjects. Things that involve all my senses or experiences I’ve had in life. These are the things I enjoy writing about. People I’ve met, places I’ve gone. It’s the imaginary ones I struggle with.

But then I thought, what about the novelette Sea Jade I’m working on? It takes place in Middle-Earth and I have NO problems connecting with THAT material even though it’s a fantasy world. Or is it? Probably not for me as I’ve seen Peter Jackson’s film series so many times (I saw Fellowship of the Ring 43 freakin’ times! At the movie theater, no less.).

So though I have a piece of the puzzle — concrete versus imaginary — I’m still befuddled about why that is. It seems I just can’t imagine myself in an imaginary setting. It’s almost as if I have to talk about my life in third person narrative. I suppose I will have to sit with that idea and try to sort through it, and maybe I will never understand why I’m that way. But thanks to Bridget’s comments, I do feel better knowing I’m not COMPLETELY devoid of imagination.

So Bridget, thank you for your comments. They were very, VERY insightful!

(Picture Credit: woodywoodpecker.wikia.com)

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Writing 101 Day 8

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