We All Need a “Nudge” Now and Then

I’ve never liked to be nudged, physically or metaphorically. I tend to move at my own pace, and I resent anyone trying to push me along. If someone nudges me from behind, say in a line at the cashier, I’m sure to turn around and give them a look.

However, I’ve realized that I do move, even if it’s only an inch or two. A nudge can do that. And when I thought about it, I realized that I’m quite a self-nudger when I really have something I want to get done. It’s especially true in writing. I used to enter a lot of writing contests, especially for poetry, and one of the biggest reasons was because the deadline gave me a nudge to produce. If the poetry category had a theme or subject, all the better. Two nudges at once!

Being nudged to write is a reason I’ve always appreciated writing prompts. However, more and more I find the average prompt uninspiring and flat. It doesn’t engage my imagination, it’s geared more toward writing fiction than poetry, it’s too specific, it’s not specific enough—there are numerous reasons a prompt may fail for me. Or I fail it.

I started this site to create and share prompts of my own: what I choose to call “nudges.” Although they’re slanted toward brainstorming rough content to be shaped into poems, I want to keep them open enough that they could also be used as nudges for journaling or blog posts. And they’re intended to “get you going.” If a nudge gets the words flowing for you and you find yourself straying from the original idea, that’s great! Keep going. I’m simply trying to nudge you to write; that is, move an inch or two. Sometimes that inch or two can push you through writer’s block, urge you to take that scary leap into white space, or [insert your own metaphor here].

I’ll be posting nudges regularly, plus additional information and ideas about “nudgery” in general—the things that can get you writing. I won’t get much into craft. There’s plenty of information already on the Internet about craft, and I’ll be building a Blogroll and a Resources page with links to great, informational sites that will help you learn and grow as a writer.

Eventually I’ll offer e-books for sale: Small collections of nudges that don’t appear on the website, and reasonably priced downloadable “workbooks” that you can print out for scribbling and doodling to give your muse a tickle.

That’s all in the future. For now, check back regularly or subscribe to my RSS feed. I’ll be providing the first nudge very soon.

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3 Responses to We All Need a “Nudge” Now and Then

  1. Carolyn Rincon says:

    Hey! I remember when you were editor at Poet’s Market and I went to one of your things at Barnes and Noble. You had a lot of good information. I look forward to reading the site!!

    • admin says:

      Carolyn! Haven’t seen you in years. Hope you’ve been writing and publishing a lot in that time. Glad to know you’ll be around here now and then.

  2. This sounds great – I’ll definitely be checking back.

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