Friday, August 19, 2016

Writing Prompt Seven

So it is that time again where I put up a photo and you write. I usually do them on Wednesday, but this week was Rush at the college and I worked 10.5 hour days and just came home and died. So I hope you are all writing. I would love to feature your peace if you want to be on my blog just leave a message and we will talk.

Writing is a solitary experience, but once your first draft is down on paper it can become a group activity. Many people who write are part of a writing group. I am part of two right now. The critiquing part is the worse. You think you corrected everything. You think you wrote well and BAM people tell you that you missed all sorts of thing. Honestly they are nice about it, they are there to learn too, and we are all in this together. I think sharing is the hardest thing, but if you can find a fellow writer to share with it can be amazing.

So here is your photo prompt for week #6.
Travel? Photography? Polaroids? Life through the lens? So many possibilities. Good Luck and as always if you want me to help, I am here.

Your story teller/poet

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Photo prompt 6

So it is that time again for your next photo prompt to get you writing. Each week I do a photo prompt with a group and I wait for inspiration from the photo.I wait for it to unveil a poem or a short story or what it wants me to write. I wait. Why? Why do I need it to tell me? This week I decided I'm writing a  short story about it. I am not waiting for inspiration. Why as writers do we wait till we are in the mood to write, why do we wait for inspiration, or why do we simply not accept we are good writers and just begin.

This week's photo prompt is:

It is a panorama of the beach and ocean and sun. It is stretched, wrinkled in time, and manipulated by the camera. (those are all hints on writing,,stretched, wrinkled, manipulated )

As a writer, take the photo, make it yours, choose your words wisely, and write. You do not need my permission, you need your own to begin.

I hope you are enjoying your weekly writing prompts. I am certainly enjoying being part of your writing journey.

Now go write!!

your storyteller/poet

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Personal & Professional Blend & Writing Prompt 5

Greetings fellow bloggerx, friends, writers, and whomever else is joining us. I want to talk a little bit about personal life vs professional. I am pushing my writing more and and more and recently realized my personal spaces online were filling up with my professional writings. The lines were certainly blurred and I intended to fix that. I opened (Thanks to my dear friend Lisa's suggestion ) I have opened a FB group for my writing side. Debbie Aruta: A Georgia Artist & Author
I needed to separate my two worlds a little. Do you feel you need to do the same? If you have them separate how did you go about doing this? I am considering opening a professional website for my writing. You know with pieces to be considered for freelance paying jobs and such.

Ok well enough of me. Here is writing #5 prompts. I hope you are enjoying these as much as I do. It really gets you pushing the envelope of writing. I bounce between writing poetry and writing short stories with my writing prompts. Writings by Debbie Aruta These are what I have been working on if you are curious.

I have a thing for coffee shops. Who is in there? Who's talking? Who's life is doing what at the time they decided to come?

So write something amazing. Share if you want. Keep it locked away if you want. Sharing your writing is very nerve wracking and it takes time to be confidant to know that your writing should be out into the world. Trust me when I say it is worth sharing though. You learn so much about your writing. For instance you have written out this amazing character and you think you included all the details about him you need, but a fellow co-writer reads it and realizes you left a huge hole about this gentleman and then you can learn what others see, do not understand, and holes can be filled. Trust me find a writing group, go to book readings, absorb all you can!@!!@!

Now go and write!!

your story teller/ poet

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Writing prompt #4

Greetings fellow writers, (and all of your other wonderful people)
It is that time again. Ive been busy writing poetry and another short story. Writing is so freeing. You let your mind wander on paper or computer and something magical happens. A story unfolds. A tale is told. Something comes from one. word. in. front. of. the. other..... you connect and you have a sentence, a paragraph, you join them to make a character. You let a scene you see in your head unfold on paper. You, yes you, are a pure magical creature. You might not be a Harry Potter, or a magical dragon, but you as a writer are magical.

So this weeks photo prompt is:
So many possibilities with this one. Yes it is one of those tip jars, but look at it, read, take in colors, shapes, sizes, magic is happening. I cannot wait to see what you do with this prompt.

Now if you are interested in sharing, or interested in me posting a guest blog about you, your writing, or anything to do with you and your writing please shoot me an email. This is a great platform to get some of your work out.

Now I am off to write for a group I write for about my own photo prompt for the week. I hope your writing. I hope you keep writing. I hope this photo prompt inspires you to write!!

Life frees up when you are writing. Write to complain about life, to deal with emotions, to get things out that you cannot anywhere else. This (paper or computer) is your safe space. If you just want to write through your pain, your grief, or whatever your life is giving you trouble with, then write!!

All my best,
your storyteller, poet, writer

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Writing Post #3

It is that time again. I have been writing like mad. Editing revising creating. Over the last few days, I published a few pieces I am thrilled with, editing a few wondering what I was thinking when I wrote these pieces and revisions on pieces I thought had great bones.

Being a writer is hard work. It takes dedication and perseverance over and over and over. Creating anything from scratch out of your brain takes time. You need to get the details right. You need to create characters or a storyline people can follow. You need to invoke sympathy for characters and lead your story down a believable world.

Writing is an art and all writers will tell you it takes time. I have some really great editors I now work with and I am writing more than I ever have. Well for myself that is, when I was working on my B.A. I did pages and pages and umm pages of writing just never for me. It was all for academic papers.

So this week I have another writing prompt for you. Use the  photo and create some story, some character, or some world and share with me ( or not ) what you come up with. I would love to showcase writers work on my blog so if you are interested in working with me please let me know.

Now here is prompt #3.

Take it and run with it. And if you feel like sharing I am here.
Your storyteller/poet

Write on fellow writers!!! Write on!!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Writing and Prompt #2

Greetings again fellow writers and friends,
Since the last post with the writing prompt has done so well, we are going to continue them. I hope to have one photo prompt up a week for you. I know it gets you thinking, gets your brain to clear out the cobwebs, and definitely gets you in the mood to write.

This week with a photo prompt from a group I belong to had me writing a piece that was well pretty darn good. I push myself, I write poetry, short stories, and basically any other kind of writing I can to push the box wide open. Writing daily, weekly, or whenever you do it, is very important when you want to move from just someone who dabbles to someone who does it professionally. Your voice needs to be your own. Do not mimic others who write sci fiction, or death poetry, or whatever else. Write from your experiences, write the details of places you know, and yes I believe you should write from your heart. No you do not want to write how you were dumped or how you lost your job. You do not want to write you personal story, but you do want to put heart into your characters. You want to have you reader be emotional invested in your characters. You want them to care what happens to them.

Ok so this weeks prompt:

So what do you see, color, shape, your grandparents farm? A bench for deep discussions, a place where someone left a note to a loved one? So many different interpretations could happen from this photo. Write what comes to mind. Write with details only you know. Yes there are a lot of writers in the world, but only you know the deep details of your story and only  you can share them.

If you feel like sharing please do with me. If you are interested in me showcasing your piece on my blog I can do that too. Id love to have guest writers. If not then that's OK too, but write. You cannot call yourself a writer if you do not write. 

One of my professors years ago asked who was a writer (this was in a creative writing class) and we all raised our hands, then she asked who is an author and only a few people did. Be a writer and an author of stories. Push for people to critique your work. Yes that is nerve wracking,but it helps. It allows others to show you holes in your story that you thought were clear, but were not. We,as writers, know our stories so well sometimes we skip over details when we right and our readers cannot make the connection. 

Now off  you go. Go Write!!

your story teller/poet

Friday, July 8, 2016


So these days my voice is being heard on I go by Debbie Aruta on there if you would like to check me out.

This is a piece I wrote today for a group. I am not allowed to share it on Medium with another group or under me, but I am allowed to share it anywhere OFF Medium so wanted to share it with you.
Normally I do not write insane pieces. I play it pretty close to the rule book, but this time I went a little crazy fun. I hope you like the piece.

My friend Insanity

There were those times when I thought we could be friends, but the gloves came off years ago and I took to the page to rebut you. I wrote out my horrors, my nightmares,and all the darkness I could not share with anyone. You embraced me and took me in when no one else would. I did not know that you were the devil. You were my insanity, which was trying to be sneaking and take over my words on paper and slowly weasel yourself into my world and words.I should have known you cannot be trusted. I know you are bad for me now.

I feel like you invaded my soul and I do not want you to take up residence there. I want you gone. I want to break up. How do I put this nicely, so that you leave me without leaving any residue in my heart and soul. You and I, yes we have had a good long run, but maybe just maybe you can find someone else to go umm talk to? Please. Could you make some new friends? Look there is a woman over there who looks like she is about to lose her mind. Ranting and raving and about to go ballistic. She looks like she can use a friend like you.She looks miserable. Maybe you could creep into her mind and take her over. You could make people think she has lost her marbles and I could get mine back? No? Why are you so sure I am the one. I have never found love. I made it to this age alone and fine. I do not need you to tell me what to do. I do not need you to make me snap when I am out in public and people look at me like I should be committed.

Another night and its just you and me. What should be do tonight? Should we go out and yell at complete strangers? That cashier from the home decor store looked like she needed to be yelled at for no reason. Maybe we should go into the night and scream for no reason till the neighbors call the cops again. That was fun. Do you have any new ideas? What you want to streak down the street while singing Row Row Row your Boat at the top of my lungs. Maybe that is going a little to far. Well? No comment? Sigh. I really do not want to do that. Oh look my depressions chiming in. It thinks it is a great idea. A little free spirited fun would be good for my soul. I am sure if you both agree then we need to do it.

Getting undressed I realize that I am no longer in control of my thoughts. My depression and my insanity have combined forces to take over my soul and get me to do these fun things. OK here I go, Row Row Row your boat,out the door I go, singing at the top of my lungs. Streaking down the neighborhood. Hi neighbors. Join me in a round of Row Row Row your boat. No? Why the faces? Not like I’m doing anything wrong. Why are you all looking at me and screaming at me? What is that sound? Sirens? Maybe the cops will join me in singing. Naked, singing, at 2AM. I am so glad my depression and insanity have taken over. Life was to much to deal with on my own. Having friends are awesome. Hello officer. What? No I am not nuts. My clothes, hmm home I think. What I should have them on? I just wanted to spend a night out with my friends. Oh you want to take me for a ride. Sure I really wasn’t sure where I was going to. My depression and insanity did not tell me. Oh you are taking me somewhere so my friends could come too. Well aren’t you nice? Sure I will go!! Come on depression and insanity let us go with the cop and make some more friends. Life is good with more friends. This should be fun!!

Ok so first off I do not think insanity or depression are a laughing matter. Please do not chew me out for this piece. It was just supposed to be a fun piece or my mind having fun with my writing. I hope you like it and take it as it is intended, funny. I would love to see what you all write. I was looking for something online with writing prompts to keep me motivated and I found this site A year of writing prompts.  I hope you enjoy it. I picked the one titled Hello and well hello you see how that went didn't you. Having fun with your writing keeps you enjoying writing, so here is a photo writing prompt for you. 

 So what do you see in this photo. For instance maybe you just see the color blue. You could write about a time a when you or someone you know was blue. Or maybe you knew someone who choked and turned blue. Maybe you see the pottery and curves as a metaphor for life. Take some time and think about it. I would love to hear from you with what you write, but if you do not feel like you wanna share then by all means do not.This is supposed to be fun. Enjoy writing about it, have fun with your story, poem,or whatever you write.Maybe a letter to your grandfather who has past away and used to grow them. 

I hope you enjoy your writing prompt. If you do just let me know. I think this will be fun for everyone who likes to write and I will continue to do them if you all enjoy. Happy Weekending!!

your storyteller/poet