Writing Prompt: Survival in a New Life

Writers block, defined as “a usually temporary condition in which a writer finds it impossible to proceed with the writing of a novel, play, or other work,” is a plague that we’ve all dealt with at one point or another in our writing careers. Ideas are hard to come by sometimes. Ideas are like fireflies; they flit in and out of mental vision, but they are hard to catch.

Keeping this in mind, a writing prompt will be offered here every Sunday (in different formats, of course). The length of what you write is your decision entirely. It is my hope that these prompts will spark creativity and kickstart the writing process.

This week’s prompt: A young girl in the 18th century is an herbal healer. She is well respected because her cures work, and she is friends with everyone in the community. Yet when it is revealed that she is a witch, she is ostracized and is forced to leave town or face death. The story would be one of her survival in a new life.

[How did this prompt help you? Please feel free to let me know in the comments below, or send an email!]


I am re-starting  again. It will be different. The impetus for posts is the same: the things that come into my life that interest me, spark some sort of curiosity, that I want to talk about and share. (Mostly writing related, of course, but there may be other things.) I realize now the problem with the way I posted before was in how epic I needed the posts to be when getting across my point. I would have to sit down and compose an essay explaining my ideas, and it always ended disastrously. Yeah, it took too much time. So much time that the majority of the ideas for my posts would never see their way to completion. I was over the idea before it got to the blog, and another, more intriguing idea would be consuming my mind.

So what to do about this problem.

The blog has been sitting nearly dormant for some time now. And that doesn’t feel right either. I need deadlines. I need to be concise. I want more of my ideas to make it to the publishing step. A Novel Pursuit will be structured on the idea that I will post something writing related each day. There may or may not be additional commentary. The things I write about may be based directly on personal experiences or based on something different entirely.

This isn’t a resolution. Resolutions are crutches for people who can’t resolve their problems when they arise. I would hope that a person would be able to make ongoing resolutions throughout the year, when it makes sense for him/her to do so, not when the mass of society is doing the same inane task.

No, A Novel Pursuit is spurred by the same catharsis from its inception: that when after you have wrestled and wrestled with something in your life, all you can do is let go, give into it. To make the best of the future you might have to disregard the tragic past and make things work, because they have to. Make it stupid, banal; turn it around and make it work for yourself. Really, there is no choice involved. Ernest Hemingway once wrote, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

That is what will happen here. “Bleeding.” From the heart and from the soul, through the hands and hopefully, with any luck at all, into the hands of others.

Relocation & Makeover

Yes, it’s been a while since I’ve written anything writing related, but a few things came up that prevented me from doing so. Summer classes kept me very busy and I lost a very close friend, all of this occurring in the last two months.

I decided to relocate my blog from it’s previous home at http://kerrikrueger.com (it’s actually still there and will be for a while yet) because my friend who recently passed is the one who was kind enough to host it there for me. He renewed the domain for another year before he died, so technically it’s still good until next June. Rather than chance losing everything, I decided to make a farewell post to him there and move here.

The new address, as I’m sure you can tell, is http://www.anovelpursuit.com. As I mentioned the old address is still up and working, but nothing new will be written there.

In the event that you had me bookmarked or were subscribing to my RSS feed, please update those things accordingly.

I’m still tweaking a few things here and there and have yet to find a theme that I really like, but for now, I think I’ll leave that as it is.

I am planning to write more often and will try to keep most posts related to writing, including posting on how my novel is coming along. I’m a bit new to this game, so we’ll see how it all pans out. For now, though, I hope you’ll stick with me.

Cheers and stay tuned!