Song Writing Prompt 01 – Evanescence “My Tourniquet”

I am throwing myself entirely into the writing prompt process after having read the pros and cons of using prompts from various websites online. I think I’ll try this for a bit and see how things go before I decide it’s a waste of time. It’s always best to give something a good go before writing something off entirely, right? (excuse the pun).

When writing poetry, I’ve always found it easier to do when I’m writing about sadness, loss, grief, pain, heartache or love. I don’t know why this is, all I know is that most of my poetry is formed from both real and fictional experiences. Nobody can know which is which of course, because it’s so much more mysterious that way!

I also write my poetry from a free and unhindered place, which means it’s not formal or in any particular style. My poetry comes straight from within, not necessarily from my heart alone, but the process works for me best when I can feel the words forming. I also do not write a lot of poetry. I haven’t written in years, in fact. This is the first time I’ve actually wanted to write a poem in such a long time. I know that this is partially because I feel safe about writing here. I feel inspired by my readers and feel more confident to write freely.

I tried to focus on the following words in the song to write the poem below. I have very little knowledge of whether my words and the song lyrics connect. I simply used the song’s momentum and let my imagination do the rest.

If I say I see heaven in your eyes, will this lead to regret? Will you make me feel small?
Will you even be there, to catch me when I fall?

As wounds slowly become scars, this is how we live. When love ceases to exist, when there is nothing left to give

But I will still be here, I will never turn away. I’ll hold out my hand to you, through the storm, through the heartache, through the pain…

If I say I still see heaven, even as you walk away. Will you even remember me, or will you curse my name?

How I wish I were the one, strong enough to turn away. Now I am lost in the storm, crippled by the heartache, broken by the pain.

How to discipline my lack of discipline in writing

I’ve started many projects on this website and failed, too. I have been reading about writing challenges and how NOT to overwhelm yourself with goals that are, shall we say, industrious. My problem has always been “eyes too big for my stomach” – this may sound funny, but for me, it’s an actual thing. People closest to me think it’s cute (well, I hope they do!) but it’s a habit that I seem to have with almost everything I want or try to do, and not just with eating. I always end up biting off more than I can chew. This is not cute, this is annoying, well, sometimes. And it’s the best way to set yourself up for failure.

So this time, I want to try and approach writing prompts again, but with challenges in mind, so I don’t have to make them up as I go. I tried doing this with creative writing prompts, but I became disheartened because nobody commented on my words, and I felt I wasn’t reaching my audience. I think this is all part of being a writer and growing as a writer, but it’s the not-so-nice side to writing online. If you say that you’re only writing for yourself, you’re probably not being 100 per cent honest, and if that’s the case, unless you’re a fiction writer, you should perhaps consider another interest. I don’t mean this to sound harsh, but sometimes, you have to face hard realities, right? Being real is what it’s all about. When I write, I try to discover things about myself every time. This, to me, is the essence of writing and why I chose to write in the first place.

Some ideas for writing future posts:

  1. Taking a random song from an artist I like and writing about the song – what it makes me feel, what I think the song is about etc
  2. Taking random creative writing prompts from online websites – this worked for a bit when I first tried it, but I’m willing to give it another go and hopefully, improve and gather interest 🙂
  3. Taking prompts from Pinterest – there are many creative blogs on Pinterest, and some of them are set up just for writers and writing prompts
  4. Visiting favourite blogs or websites I like and taking ideas from posts I read (I’ve done this before, and I think it works really well)
  5. Writing about a different emotion every week (so not a daily challenge)
  6. Writing about random poems and writing about what I think the poet is trying to convey
  7. Writing a book or movie review

I think the best thing about this list is that I can add to it whenever I want if I find other things to write about.

Looking at this list, I am already beginning to feel a little uncomfortable because some of these ideas will be stretching my skill as a writer. And now I know I have no choice but to do this and push beyond my comfort zone like I mentioned in this post.

I wish myself the best of luck 😁😂


QotD: Is there someone in your past you want to connect with again?

Sometimes the past becomes the past for a reason. We move on and we never look back and this is just part of life. But sometimes we leave people behind in our past that perhaps we shouldn’t have. And if given a chance to reconnect with that person or those people, we would if we could.

Do you have someone from your past that you would like to connect with but you think that you’ve moved on and the past is better left in the past? I think this is a reality for some people but I also think that the past can be reconciled and maybe, connections that were broken can be reconnected once more.

Or do you believe that the past is the past and that is where it belongs? I have past situations where both of these questions have answers. What about you?

Let me know in the comments and as always, please like if you like it and share if you care 😁

The good things in life are worth recognising, the bad things are not…

I wasn’t going to treat this as a writing prompt, but technically, it is because I read this on another blog post about micro journaling. As soon as I saw this sentence, my brain woke up. I immediately began thinking of how I could write about this topic. It makes it easier when you relate, I get that, so in that sense, it’s not a real writing prompt. But I am going to scratch the traditions for now and say that anything that gets your brain working and your fingers tapping is essentially a writing prompt. Prove me wrong! 😉