This post has been written specifically for The Prompt creative writing linky. The prompt word was ‘anticipation’. I have also added it to #TheList linky.
Try as I might, I have, for the third week running, failed to write any fiction, which is what I like to do when participating in #ThePrompt.
Since the publication of my book, I have been swamped. It’s not just being short of time, but the fact I need a clear head to write prose.
I’m still very busy following up various avenues and I seem to have a constant ‘to do’ list of tasks whirling round my head. This mind set does not help me think creatively.
Even so, the prompt word has inspired me. I associate it with many things, including the following;
- Waiting at the airport lounge arrivals hall for my wife, or a relative who lives overseas that I rarely see
- Hearing about my eldest daughter’s day at school when I collect her in the afternoon or about my youngest daughter’s morning at nursery (if it’s one of the mornings she attends)
- The email confirming some lucrative work has come my way
- The taste of a good, single malt whisky or a really good French wine
- My wife getting home slightly earlier than usual to help with cooking dinner of putting the kids to bed
- The hope for bright sunshine and a blue sky on a spring morning
Looking at that list, I note it is the very simple things I anticipate most. It reminds of something the great humourist, writer and religionist Rabbi Lionel Blue once said. I paraphrase, but he said he could find happiness in a “bowl of custard or a good game of bridge.” Often the smallest things are most important.
For me anticipation is mostly positive. I think I anticipate the good things and dread the bad. I also anticipate that one day soon I will find the time to do some creative writing again.
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