Challenge: Prompts for Creativity



My friend, Marvia Davidson, and Jamie Bagley, my daughter and friend, have established The Merry Kettle and Quill. They occasionally offer a challenge to encourage creativity. I enjoy participating, because it helps me keep writing. It is also challenging and lots of fun.

This month the challenge is called #21Daysof5Senses. Each day they have a one word prompt to inspire us to create.

There are only four days left for this challenge, but they will be having more in the future. Here are the prompts for this month. I’m sure you could use them as a boost to your own writing.




I am behind schedule for the latest three prompts – Cozy, Socks and Crisp. What follows is a poem inspired by them.


A Crisp Autumn Day

On this crisp Autumn day
Blowing breezes cause a chill
I hurry on the way
To my home upon the hill

Next to the cozy fire
Warm fuzzy socks await me
To rest is my desire
Now where did I put my key

Steaming cocoa beckons
Laced with a touch of cayenne
One sip and in seconds
Warmth engulfs me there and then

Wrapped in a flannel shawl
I lounge in a comfy chair
Shadows play on the wall
As flames dance without a care



I would encourage you to check out The Merry Kettle and Quill for yourself. Maybe you would enjoy a challenge sometime.

Other Poems for the Challenge

Here are a couple of my earlier offerings to their October challenge.  The first one is from the second prompt: Fire.




This next one is from the 14th prompt: Sparkle.





I hope you enjoyed these offerings of mine. May they inspire you to create, too!


4 thoughts on “Challenge: Prompts for Creativity

  1. I love these Gayl! I especially love it when you write about your “home upon the hill.” It’s such a lovely glimpse into your days there, almost like I’m there with you. Your paintings are so inspiring, and you help my heart to keep watching for God’s beauty in my own days. Blessings and love to you, dear poet/sister/friend! xoxo

    1. Thank you, Bettie. I’m so glad you enjoy them! Yes, my home does inspire a lot of my poetry, but some of this one isn’t from my experience, more like my desire….if that makes sense. Such a bit of truth and imagination combined. 🙂 I’m so glad to have inspired and blessed you. Much love to you with many blessings dear sister/poet/friend! xoxo

  2. Such beautiful artwork, Gayl. And I agree with Bettie that your poems transport us to your home/garden. I could imagine sitting therbe next to you drinking that hot chocolate. A moment to breathe and relax. Sending love xxx

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