Challenge – Most Influential “Writing Moment”

Challenge – Most Influential “Writing Moment”

— April 17, 2014 by Opinionated Man

Do you have a moment that you consider the most influential on your writing? If so care to share? If you write a post and send me the link I will reblog.

sunset from pier gulls

photo taken off the pier in the neighborhood

 

MOST INFLUENTIAL WRITING MOMENT

I don’t particularly remember a moment of influence like a teacher saying ‘great job you could be a writer’ or anything like that.   All I remember was that for me, writing didn’t come with furrowed brows and beads of sweat like it did for my counterparts.

In school, essay questions were my forte. Where others panicked on the lack of multiple choice questions, I saw it as an opportunity to hover, circle and land in the spot I needed to be to answer the question. I was biding time till the light-bulb flicked on. There was some appreciation for that from the teacher it showed her I could think. Of course, I didn’t think of it that way at the time.

As I came into young adulthood writing my thoughts down kept me out of jail. As I would read it back it became the ‘slap in the face’, ‘the wake up’ and ‘ the are you crazy’ I needed to just walk away and not do something stupid. Now that would be a most influential writing moment, right? That’s what I mean about writing around it till it comes! Unfortunately, I never kept any of those written words. Recently I have been writing poetry and have been finding that some of that stuff was just writing itself. Writing is fun as well as therapeutic and it’s cheaper than a therapist. And now that I am done with school, it feels like a luxury.

 

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2/17/2014

http://aopinionatedman.com/2014/04/17/weekend-reader-writing-all-bloggers-welcome/

 

Devastation:A to Z Challenge

D is for

Devastation ..that’s what it was!!


It was bedtime, almost. There was still time to play a few video games before mom clamped down and it would be bedtime for real. It was raining outside and the sound of raindrops pinging on the air-conditioner outside the window was my lullaby. It usually put me in a deep sleep and I would wake up ready to conquer my school day, at least that’s what mom said. That was the plan at least until until high tide. 


All day I have been wondering what high tide was. Everybody was talking about it on the news. I found out that night.  High tide is when the ocean push open the front door and come rushing through the house, floating the fridge the stove, the couch, the table, the bed AND THE VIDEO GAMES. It almost floated me!! But daddy grabbed me and brought me upstairs to grandma. Mommy and my big brother ran up the stairs too. Then daddy went back downstairs to save our clothes in the top drawers.

My toys were all gone. When the water went back to the ocean it took them with it. There must be kids in the ocean that needs toys.

 

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4/04/2014

Easter

Well, last Sunday was Easter Sunday and I made one of my mom’s moves, I went to church. Yes, I did. The earth did not open up and swallow me, I’ve been waiting! Clearly He is a forgiving God.

Things have changed since I was last in the House of the Lord, there are politicians there now! Plugging stuff, pushing stuff! Well known ones too, I couldn’t believe my eyes and ears. The Senator was talking about gun buy-backs, I was very confused.

I should have been prepared for this. The first indicator was out in front of the church, someone running for re-election, I didn’t even pay full attention to the ‘for what’. But there he was, pressing the flesh. Much like those encamped at the entrance to the subways during election season.

Another thing that has truly changed was the attire worn to church, the micro minis, the stiletto heels. Oh my goodness, where was I? Another really weird thing was I was the only one I saw with a Bible. All the folks around me were reading from the bible downloaded on their cell phones.
Despite the distractions, the Easter Program was very moving. I am thankful I was motivated to attend.

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4/07/2013