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Popping With The Prompts

on June 11, 2013

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There have been those days, oh yes my friends, when I stare at the “New Post” screen and go totally blank.  I’m empty..I’m clueless..I’m lost.

I have to write, it’s like breathing to me now, and a day with no inspiration is pure torture.  I am working very hard on my novel, but have found that some days I’m flying with new material and others I avoid the table with the manuscript on it like the plague.  Because, on those days, I’ve got nothing!

Just when I thought I had bottomed out and all the fresh, sharp ideas had been done…I checked out what these “Daily Prompts” were all about.

I have found that they are the wind beneath my wings (oh gag..but true!) for those times when I couldn’t think of one damn thing that interested me enough to post about.

They challenged me to stretch out of my comfort zone and try different genres and you know what?  I’M HAVING A BALL!  Sometimes, just one sentence suggesting an opening or theme for a story is all it took to light a fire under my butt.

One of the prompts led me to write in a genre I had never tried before and I loved the result.  I loved the piece so much that I finally did what I’ve been trying to get up the gumption to do since I began pursuing my dream of being a published author.  I submitted the piece to an on-line publishing site.  Can you see where I’m going with this?

Oh yeah, my friends, I received an acceptance letter and a contract today!  I am in shock and am absolutely flying high.  I can die happy now, (not rich because I get paid based on how many readers download the story).  But, I am officially a published author.  Shut The Front Door!

And, who do I thank for this?  Well, my blogging buddies for one, who gave me the confidence to finally submit my work to a publisher.  Without you, I would never found the chutzpah to ever try to get published.  Your positive feedback has been my driving force, and I owe you all..big time!

I also have to thank those wonderful sites such as “Daily Post – Daily Prompt” and “Scribblers Ink Blog” for providing those prompts and firing up my creative juices.  There are other sites that have Daily Prompts, if you look around,  and all of these sites offer inspiration and motivation.

So, if you find yourself with a muse that is MIA or you spend hours staring at a blank screen, try one of those Daily Prompts.  In no time, you’ll find yourself Popping With The Prompts!



47 responses to “Popping With The Prompts

  1. Woo hoo! Congratulations. My last royalty check on my book was $17.00. Welcome to the ranks of the published poor. 🙂

  2. Congrats! It was only a matter of time. You are a very entertaining writer.

  3. iarxiv says:

    Congrats on the contract! 🙂

  4. dmauldin53 says:


  5. sknicholls says:

    Congratulations! That’s way cool. What is the publication? When will you debut or have you already?

  6. Congrats, you did it! 🙂

  7. So happy for you Cranky!

  8. mithriluna says:

    Congratulations! I really like those challenges. They are have really caused me to really think.

  9. on line publishing, how does that work?

    • It’s a publisher of short stories and books that you submit your story and they decide if they want to publish it.

      Once it’s published, people pay to download your story (publisher advertises for you I think) and you get 1/2 of the price of the download.

      This publisher is in England….look up Alfiedog for more info

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  13. helensamia says:

    Fantastic hoe exciting .. Well done 😃😃

  14. Sugar Bee Chronicles says:

    The Daily Prompts are great; I’ve used one so far, and they really do help when Writer’s Block attacks. I’m sure Poe, Thoreau, Fitzgerald, Perkins Gilman, O’Connor, and all those other great writers got stuck in writing, too; it’s “normal.” And…..congratulations on being published soon! Yay!!! 🙂

  15. Huge Congrats, Cranky dear! You deserve it! *big hugs*

  16. Bastet says:

    Yeah!!!! I’m dancing a jig!!! Now, I want to try this too! 🙂

  17. mummyshymz says:

    Congratulations Cranky!!! So happy for you 🙂

  18. barbtaub says:

    WOW! That’s such fantastic news. I’m not surprised because I know what a terrific writer you are, but I am so pleased for you. And for us — just make sure we all know when we can start our download!

  19. Gwen says:

    Congratulations on your good news! Why on earth would you squeeze that little nugget of information in at the the end?? It was almost an afterthought! Be sure you share the details with your blogging buddies!

    • I wanted to downplay it a little, I’m actually a shy person, believe it or not! And I didn’t want people to think I was shoving it “in their face.”

      That said, I am quite happy and proud to finally achieve being published by a publishing site. Next, dead trees, I hope!

  20. kulula says:

    Can I just say what a relief to seek out somebody who actually is aware of what theyre talking about on the internet. You definitely know methods to deliver a difficulty to mild and make it important. Extra people need to learn this and perceive this side of the story. I cant imagine youre not more well-liked because you positively have the gift.

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