writing

Most of us blog because we have to write, it’s a compulsion that we just can’t stop. And especially within this d’Verse group who share and read each other’s versions of the prompt. The variety is extensive and exciting.

My spelling and grammar are woeful but still I blog. And as my new friend Samreen says we each have our “own particular way. Some chose wonderful topics to write, some write beautifully, some write but don’t connect, some connect though don’t write that well so it varies from person to person”.

So pause and think for a moment … do you connect, do you evoke an emotional response or do you just write for yourself?

I have found that when I’m in the flow I can reflect back and reading what I have just written, I now believe that I am communicating more effectively. 

d’Verse, 144 words, Lillian – pic from the net

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44 comments

  1. Nice personal approach to the prompt! I do believe that my 5+ years on dVerse has taught me a lot! I learn as much from the prompts (new forms, definition of poetical terms) as I do from reading all the posts. And so amazing to have contact with writers from around the globe! 🙂

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  2. Good morning Kate, Oh, I’m terrible with my commas !! .. as I recently found out when I was working with my proof reader on my ‘manuscript’… However like you, I like to read my poems back to myself, and even aloud as well… and I’ll do that a number of times, to get a feel for what my words are saying…. and I’ve learnt over the years to give the poem/article a rest for a few hours, even overnight, and read it again, and again, before I published …. like this one here, which I wrote yesterday afternoon and I just published a minute ago….😀😎
    https://ivors20.wordpress.com/2020/12/08/hazelnut-cranberry-meringue-cake/

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  3. You connect so well and write beautifully! For example, that cat image drew me in straight away, and the caption made me laugh. Nice to read your reflections on writing and on the blogging community as a whole.

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  4. So interesting. I loved the paws and claws bit!! Like you, I’ve learned much at dVerse. I find myself a bit of a rebel in that adhering to restrictions in the challenges tends to frustrate me. I am grateful for such a welcoming and varied gathering of those of us who absolutely MUST write!!!

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  5. Beautifully written and so thoughtful and thought provoking.

    I too am woeful with many elements of the written word. I am publish happy, my biggest problem when writing..

    Why do I write this blog of mine. It started out as something to do and to explore. I did not know that I would make such good friends a long the way. Connnecting with all on wp.com is so wonderful and I learn so much.

    It is lovely that the words I share on my blog resonate and are helpful to others. It is a beautiful form of communication.

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  6. A very good piece Kate. I believe you are exactly right! The diverseness of the d’Verse group is wonderful to read and connect with one another. And yes, write to evoke a feeling and you will not be forgotten!

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  7. Isn’t that the beauty of sharing literary works? I am often blown away at how different writers or bloggers articulate their thoughts. For instance, one subject could have a million interpretations that all make sense. I just enjoy all the perspectives, Kate.

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  8. You write and connect beautifully dear, I love your blogs and the pictures you click. 😊❤️ And so thankful to you for the mention, I didn’t know my words actually touched you in any way🤗
    I personally was writing since childhood for just myself, started blogging a while back, so I write for myself to be precise but I post only those thoughts which I suppose would connect with others as well!!
    And it’s really overwhelming and emotional too when you kind people out there connect with you so beautifully ❤️

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  9. What a thoughtful response to the prompt. I think reading, writing, and communicating with others all work together for me. It is nice that we can communicate with people all over the world.

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  10. I started as a way to connect with family. Then I wrote to amuse myself. In doing that I discovered the blogging community. I still write what I want when I want but I have so many friends that I’ve gotten to know through their blogs that I can’t imagine stopping and losing those connections!

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  11. I try not to write much about writing but , sometime, ya just gotta. You did so here, very effectively, Kate. I kinda took the same tack this time too. Well done, Sister.

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  12. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with writing for oneself, as long as the writer is mature enough to keep in mind that self-indulgence in itself is not good writing. To me, writing for myself means saying something that means something in the best way I can say it (whether humorously or seriously). Taking pride in your work, it seems to me, is the first step toward “communicating more effectively” with others.

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  13. Thanks for sharing. I’m starting to spend more time on reading and writing. For many years, I’ve only focused on producing something, anything. Now I’m trying for quality, which takes way longer. I have all the time in the world. I’m such a weirdo about doing things, however. Some of us who have been traumatize no longer delight in venturing far, I simply want to be isolated. Interacting on the web helps me interact more with people who are doing things like what I’m doing. If I don’t want to interact, I can go to a new page.

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  14. Hi, Kate. Great, thought-provoking post. I started my blog to find a community of like-minded folks; I write & photograph with an intention to inspire. I find it exciting to discover a fellow blogger who does the same. Thanks for the mental floss! 🌞

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  15. I’ve been writing down my feelings, stories, poems, etc., since I was a wee girl.
    But when I started blogging (way back in 2005) it was to connect with people. I was entering a new phase in my life and wondering if I could meet some people who could relate.
    My oldest kiddo said, “You should try blogging, Mom. You’d enjoy it.” So I did. And I did! And I still do! HA! 😀
    Thank you for sharing your writing, SweetKate! You help, encourage, teach, entertain, challenge, comfort, ETC!!! 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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  16. I agree that most of us blog because we have to write and, without sharing our work, writing can be lonely – it’s an isolated way of life. I’ve been part of dVerse for quite a while now and I enjoy reading and commenting as much as I love writing, although sometimes there is so much to get through, I don’t always have the time to comment, which is when I click ‘like’, which seems like a bit of an opt-out, although I know it isn’t because it’s my shorthand for saying I’ve read the piece and enjoyed it. That’s one thing I don’t do when I’m hosting – and I love thinking up prompts. The connection is important for most of us, while others just want to share their writing.

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  17. Loved the cat poster and the perfect words, Kate. You write so beautifully from your heart, love to read your honest writings. I too love to write with not just writing anything but love to connect with people and their beautiful comments.

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  18. I’m not writing (nor reading for that matter) quite as often as I used to here on WP Kate, but when I do it’s from the heart, and it’s both for me and anyone else who wants (and maybe needs) to read. Love our connections we all share here, it’s always been the main reason I blog. 🙏💙

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  19. I love the meme. I lot of my friends are not aware that I write or that I even own a blog. And perfectly okay with that. Blogging is one time where I get all my thoughts out, and it feels good to know that I am able to connect with other writers as well.

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  20. There is such a thing as “writing to please,” and I try to avoid it. It’s when I toy with the idea of writing about a topic that is frankly already over-written, simply because I know it’s the vogue thing to write about these days. And while not as many people may read or click on the articles that aren’t about chic topics, I find that those are the articles that actually push me more as a writer and strengthen my own thought process.

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  21. Such a good question!! I write because I like to craft stories, and sometimes they spin around in my head, and they just have to come out. I live almost permanently in my own nostalgia.

    I started a blog because I wanted a neat organized space to post my thoughts, never imagining how kind and supportive bloggers can be! Now I still post stories and memories, but I also try to find a lesson in my trials to share with anyone who may read it.

    Thanks for asking 🙂

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  22. Some cool cats find it difficult to claw through clauses and can’t stop playing with a sentence. There is a certain glory to a common comma karma, a sentence handed down. Sentences, gracefully elaborated, embellished with the sounds of glorious triumph,

    with cacophonous instruments of
    drunken loquacious musicians strung out
    on their heart strings,

    these birds and cats
    playing around with joyful noise who are mine,

    these sentences gracefully making every trill a wave to glory, oceanic,
    are not runaways, being ensconced in dreams, and

    pray tell, if I may continue,
    the words of the angels
    are infinite and concise like
    love that sings forever charming and
    as elaborate as is a sentence to joy,

    many times re-phrased, re-claused
    like a Santa Clause whose mythology endures
    way beyond his run away sleigh, bells
    of grace reverberating with every sentence pronounced
    by judges and supplicants
    gracefully joined in symphony, in
    sympathy, in empathy, and joined on every path
    to any pathy even daffy, because
    the complex can be simply wonderful
    like you all who indulge
    the marathon run into oblivion
    with a billion words and
    who pause to hear my running word.

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  23. I like to write because I feel that some other teenager like me can be inspired and motivated to bring out a positive change in the mindsets of the society he/she lives in.
    I write novels and poetry for myself but, I favour the idea of writing something that inspires millions of people out there so that one day, before dying, I can feel satisfied that I brought out the change that I want to see in the world. A world which our future generations would be proud to live in.

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    • if we lead by example, be the change we want to see … this has more power than we realise!

      Good luck with your mission and please link your profile/avatar to your new blog … it took me to the one you had closed 🙂

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  24. I just read your post and I can say that I definitely have my own way of writing. I have so many ideas and opinions that I just want to get them out. I am still new to blogging, but I want to be more efficient. Your words have inspired me to want to do more with my blog, just not sure how.

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