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What caught my attention was the depth of emotion in this piece: The sky goes from this dark, roiling mass of clouds in a riot of pinks...

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When I was younger my favorite subject in school was Creative Writing.  I loved making rhymes.  Sonnets, Villenelles, Pantoums... structured poetry was the love of my life.  For a while the words flowed easily... I could stare at a piece of paper, blink, and a poem (or two!) would magically appear.  I loved that!  But these days it seems I struggle to even come up with an opening line, and I don't know if it's too many distractions- kids, work, Facebook, new phones, etc.- or if my brain just isn't up to par as I've gotten older.  Whatever it is, it's driving me crazy!!  So I have been looking for ways to break the writer's block that has turned into a giant wall of "I can't write anymore!"


So far the best medicine I've found is SixWordStories.  They have a multitude of prompts and it's short but sweet writing.  It's not that easy, though.  Creating a story with only six words?!  You'd think it'd be a piece of cake but don't let the miniscule amount of words fool you.  Here it's not just quality but quantity that counts.  And they are stringent in their guidelines!


I love it. With big hearts and arrows and xoxo's I love it. My brain is engaged again!  Yeah, okay so it's not rhyming, but it's a start.  It's structured writing. It's parameters.  It's the beginning of rekindling my love affair with words... and I am SO excited to fall in love again. 


How's your creativity going?  What do you do to keep the fires burning?



  • Listening to: the hum of the vending machine at work
  • Reading: the writing prompts for :evSixWordStories
  • Watching: The fog roll around outside
  • Playing: with words
  • Eating: valentine M&M's
  • Drinking: decaf w/Chocolatini creamer... mmm.

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Melanie Joy
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
United States
Current Residence: Tennessee
Favorite genre of music: Whatever moves me.
Favorite photographer: I don't play favorites.
Personal Quote: If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got
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Destroyer77 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017
Happy Birthday!

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meljoy68 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much, I'm late getting on to DA, sorry about the lack of response! I appreciate the thought!
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Destroyer77 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017
As long as you had a good day that day it's all that counts
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Professional General Artist
VERY belated (but-still-very heart-felt) BIRTHDAY wishes... :cuddle:
(I'm so sorry, but I don't get online annually at the end/beginning of the year, and then when I do, there is so much to catch up with... but, I have your BDay written down, so I do not forget about you! :aww: )

I truly do wish you WELL! :heart:
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meljoy68 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm late in replying, as usual!!! Thank you for the birthday wish, I am honored that you remember! :love::hug:
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017  Professional General Artist
Oh Melanie, I am queen of late of everything! :giggle:

I keep your b-day on a special calendar, and you are someone I always want to remember. Thank you for being you... I'll never forget your kindnesses!
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meljoy68 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, I love you, Tea, late or otherwise! :)  I don't get onto DA as much anymore, so I'm behind in saying thank you, AGAIN! lol
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SilentPlea Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016   Digital Artist
Happy Birthday Mel!  Birthday cake  icon Balloons V4 
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meljoy68 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh it's you!!!  :happybounce: Clap Hug  I'm so glad you see you, thank you so much for the birthday wish!!  And congratulations on the upcoming nuptials!! Rose :squee: 
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SilentPlea Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016   Digital Artist
Hey there Mel!  Yep, I came back after about 4 years away!! Lol
You are very welcome and thanks for the congrats!  We got married on Jan. 15, but are doing another ceremony for the family on March 12...since none of them were able to be there.  We moved from So. Cal to Dallas, TX last month:cowboy: revision invitation for a ride out . . . 
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Miarath Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016   General Artist
Wish you a very Happy Birthday! :iconballoonsplz: :heart:
Hope you have a great day! :iconhappybirthdaycakeplz:
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meljoy68 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so very much! :hug: I had a great birthday. :heart:
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Miarath Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016   General Artist
You're most welcome. :huggle: :heart:
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fashioneyes Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016
Happy birthday.:) (Smile)
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meljoy68 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
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