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Weekend Writing Prompt #207 – Wayward

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.  As always, Sammi’s challenge sends me in all sorts of directions!

wk 207 wayward

“Beep-beep-beep HAH!” Time to run.  One, two three, I count my steps for the next one-and-a-half minutes, serving the dual purpose of gauging my progress and shutting up my brain. Two hundred fifty…

“Beep-beeep-beep GONG!” Time to walk.  Like a wayward wind swirling, my thoughts take off. You’ve made a mistake. You don’t know what you’re doing. You’re being taken advantage of. You can do better. What’s wrong with you? You should–

“Beep-beep-beep HAH!” One, two, three…


71 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Prompt #207 – Wayward

  1. You gotta make progress. Keep stepping forward. Let your brain carry on like a wayward one with the electronic dictator is beeping, bonging and gonging you into submission.

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    • Oh no… you misunderstand! I am making progress 😉 The beeps and gongs push me to finish my set. I went from one minute of running to one and a half and next week, I’m upping it to on minute and forty-five seconds. Going slow to ensure my knees and feet can follow. I walk for miles every day. Trust me, that brain goes all over the place 😉

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  2. Well, it only SEEMS as if the beep-beep is the master. In fact, you are the Mistress of it, and of your counting feet. Or, perhaps, it is your brain. That quick, smart-as-a-whip, creative-juices-flowing brain! Fed by steps. Not quite as wayward as the wind …? 😉
    Very effective, my friend!

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  3. Great job, Dale. It’s amazing how long a minute can seem when you’re exercising! I know lots of people who do that run-walk thing, and it seems to be very effective.

    I love the photo–of course.

    BTW, I’m hosting dVerse quadrille tomorrow.

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  4. Q

    Aye! The narrators of misbegotten blueprints and secret maps that fulfill destinies that said narrators can’t even reach! And yet . .

    You have them too? Sorry.

    I have arrived at a point in my running where the Zen has completely taken the wheel. In a way that would make Elon Musk envious. Yeah, it flushes any and all impediments and keeps me focused on the steps, rock solid like that. And then I think to myself, imagine if it was that easy to flush any real time voices?


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    • B,

      Those narrators do manage to worm their way in.

      I do. But, honestly? Not that often. Today during my walk? Not a peep.

      I am looking forward to reaching said Zen. Mind you, as I count my steps, it brings me to a sort of Zen. As I count, I don’t focus on anything else, I control my breathing and sometimes am surprised when my beep goes off. I’m thinking it’s just a question of time. I have to keep it up, though 🙂

      Since I have a fabulous cheerleader, I’m thinking it will happen,


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  5. Dale,
    You’ve worn me out! I’m huffing and puffing . . . Beep-beep-beep-UGH! I think I’ll just admire the beautiful scenery. Nice photo. ❤️😅
    ~ 🕊Dora

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    • Hahaha! It ain’t easy trying to get in shape! Just trying to get the ole ticker ticking 😁🌟
      I’m with you, much prefer to walk and take in the scenery.
      Thanks, Dora!

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  6. As an overthinker, I like the idea of something that focuses in a simple way – I do find walking very good for clearing the mind of the less important stuff and sometimes it even fixes an element of a plot, if I’m lucky!

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    • I hear you, Jilly. Normally, on my walks, I let my mind wander and all sorts of ideas for posts pop up. Or I also empty my mind completely and focus on the birdsong, wind, sounds of life…
      On days I run/walk, the thoughts can sometimes be less welcoming!


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