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Weekend Writing Prompt – Silence

Thank you, Sammi, for challenging us weekly.

A word prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  How you use the prompt is up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes – it’s not a competition but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in the comments.

Word Prompt

Silence

Challenge

I feared it

Then sought it

Then found it

Silence

It can overwhelm

Or soothe

 

78 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Prompt – Silence

  1. This speaks to me so powerfully. Over the last few years I have made a point to find ways to get out and about. In nature. On walks along the river that runs through Sacramento. On hikes up in the mountains. Or along the ocean. Whatever I can do to get out there and enjoy the natural world.

    And when I get out there in all of the silence and beauty, there is always a moment when I feel such a total and complete sense of loneliness. Because I don’t have somebody to share that silence with.

    Thank you.

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    • Thank you, Mark.
      These 15 words are exactly how I have felt, and still do.
      Oftimes there are three of us in the house yet the silence is deafening – each in their space, plugged in to their own thing.

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      • Yes, and then there is that. I feel that also. The kid upstairs with his headphones on playing XBox, the wife downstairs watching TV, and me wanting music to listen to. All in our corners, none of us talking, communicating, being together.

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          • I contributed to this dynamic when I really started writing in earnest. Frequently had my laptop and was writing while family activities went on around me. But even then I was involved in things. It’s why I got a laptop.

            But the advent of smart phones has pretty much destroyed any real togetherness that was possible. Everybody would rather see what’s going on with their phone instead of what’s going on in front of them with the people in the same room as they are.

            I’ve given up. I wish I could figure out a way to get my family members to turn off the TV, to turn off their phones, to step away from the XBox, and spend an hour or two without those interferences. It doesn’t happen though.

            It’s sad and a shame. We are losing a fundamental characteristic of human behavior.

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          • We are all guilty of this today.

            Smart phones have caused such a rift in the family dynamic and I’m as guilty as my boys! I give them shit then glance at own my phone when it pings.

            I try to get them interested in doing something together – even if it’s just watching a show like The Walking Dead which we used to watch as a family. Now, they eat and run (if we are all around at the same time). Sigh.

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          • I agree … I’m not blameless in the whole smart phone/social media distraction thing, but I’m more willing to put it all away. I’d like a world in which we spent some time without screens in our face, driving what we do and how we interact, but when nobody in the house wants to do so …

            My wife spends hours every day looking at her phone. My older son does the same thing. I simply am not interested in fighting that battle anymore. Look at your phone. I’ll be over here, writing, listening to music, going for hikes, and looking for somebody to play cards with and do other things that don’t involve the damn smart phone.

            I have two phones. One for work. One for personal use. I have said that I want to get rid of both once I retire from the day job. I know I won’t do that, but I hope to figure out a way to minimize smart phone usage and reliance when I get there. I want to go back to the days before smart phones. At least in my space and my time.

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          • Same here. Blogging requires interaction but I could choose my time and not give it so much. And I’m not even addressing the others, of which I am also guilty.

            Both my kids spend hours either playing games or YouTubing while I am off walking the dog or going to plays or other events. Yes, especially in the winter, when I don’t work (golf club) I spend more time on the computer or my phone… I need to get away from it as well.

            We are so tethered to something that didn’t exist twenty years ago…

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