Self-care Thru Word Salad

Impression management. Measured words. Think before you write. Intentionality, thought-FULL-ness is all. Be politically correct, especially if that’s not your usual inclination. Diagram your structure, have your measurable outcome in sight.

This ain’t no disco. This ain’t no party. This ain’t no foolin’ around!

Stop making sense. Put pen to paper, fingers to keyboard. Slop a little coffee over that mess, but avoid the hard drive.

Don’t stop. Believin’. Let out all those feelings.

Your job right now is to get your foot off the muse’s tail and let it gallop around the room.

I love a morning write.


© Liz Husebye Hartmann (2017)

Carrot Ranch Prompt (11/30/2017): In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes self-care. Does the character need it? What does the character do? Think about how you can use this action to deepen a character or move a story. Go where the prompt leads.

11 thoughts on “Self-care Thru Word Salad

  1. Pingback: Practicing Self-Care « Carrot Ranch Literary Community

  2. Great positioning of the rigidness of rules and the messiness of the write unimpeded. My favorite line (which further brought up the distant scream of a rocker on stage): “Your job right now is to get your foot off the muse’s tail and let it gallop around the room.” Yeah!


    • I’ve been stressing over structure and planning on some of my work (and life), and needed some inspiration to let loose and play.
      Thanks to the Ranch for encouraging my muse to gallop!



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