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Weekend Writing Prompt #107 – Spin

I cannot resist this challenge even when it is a “long” one of 92 words πŸ˜‰ Thank you, Sammi, for offering up this weekly word challenge!

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



As a child, she loved to spin.

Arms wide, head thrown back

Feet turning in one direction

As the surrounding scenery blurred

She did her best to remain upright


As a teen, she chose to spin

Going on amusement rides that spun her around

Dating guys who left her dizzy

A mix of confidence and uncertainty

Tried her best to remain upright


As an adult, she’d rather not spin

But life has other plans

Tossing challenges her way

Till she feels loss of control

Still, she does her best to remain upright

129 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Prompt #107 – Spin

  1. This is fabulous, Dale! I could see all three … and the unbridled joy of childhood, the dare-devil of teen years, and the woman … carried along for rides she did not seek and doing her best to make the best of it without losing her footing.

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  2. Such a relatable story of how things change with age! I especially liked the part about dating men who make you dizzy — exciting when you’re a teen, not so much at my age now. πŸ™‚ I still love roller coasters and carnival rides, just not of the “real life spins out of control” variety!

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  3. Love it, Dale. Brought back memories of twizzling in the playground until so dizzy I plunged down. Another grazed knee. And the fair-ground rides, I remember them. Though there is, of course, the British expression of ‘it’s roundabouts and swings,’ and my answer to that that I prefer swings. Yea, I prefer rides that throw you into the air.

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  4. I really like how you went from the physical spinning of the child to the metaphorical spinning of the woman.

    I don’t enjoy either one–or rides–except maybe a carousel. But you just made me remember my younger daughter spinning herself around and saying, “I’m bizzy” (for dizzy). πŸ™‚ So thank you, for that.

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  5. I think we all have incidents in our lives that make us spin or get dizzy. I can think of many dizzy times in the Navy when I was much younger, but we won’t go there. Oops, I digress. I love your lines “she does her best to remain upright”. Very relatable. Good job.

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  6. Wonderful flashback to different life stages. Beautifully written. I know something about the unexpected setting up challenges to overcome. And also about the wonder of getting through difficult times.

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    • Thank you, Ina. I don’t doubt that you do! We cannot live life for a certain number of years without having experienced some unexpected challenges – it’s what makes life interesting. Uh huh.

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  7. Q,

    This WAS a long one (for you anyways). Seems that these challenges bring out your best no matter the word count, though. As they do in this instance.

    This post is a word gallery of then to now, and of how the innocence of our youth can be lost to the realities that come with time. But for the ability to write so beautifully, we might go insane.

    Lovely and heartfelt walk in ninety two steps.


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  8. This was a treat to read, Dale. I got a chance to perhaps to glimpse an earlier version of you. The thing about spinning is that, when you do it right, you take in everything. πŸ˜€

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    • Thank you so much, Janet. Glad you think so.
      And, I think you’re right. If you do it right, you do take in everything. So cool.


  9. This poem was perfectly balanced.

    The beginning as us child we are just enjoying life for what it is.

    As teens we experience fun, struggles, but still have fun for the last time.

    And as adults we do experience that hard struggle where things get very complex but we must make the best out of it and keep our chin up high.

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  10. At school where I work, the kids ask me to go on the spinner. “Oh, I’m kinda too old,” I say. But then once, I sat down, and they spun me. And when I got off, though I didn’t feel too good, I was still standing. “I can only spin a little bit at this point,” I said. But they appreciated the effort. And yes, when I was in high school, I loved that ride, “The Octopus.”

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