Naming Our Next Creative Endeavors, in 6 Words

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I have an unfinished book. Or two.

6 words graphicRaise your hand if you can say the same. I’m not talking that Danielle Steele paperback collecting dust on your nightstand. I’m talking, fingers to the keyboard, creative endeavor, this’ll be so cool writing that gets left behind like the Dallas Cowboys in the playoffs.

One of mine is a book about the NFL in the 1970s.

Every month, I compile a post called 6 Words. Ernest Hemingway inspired it when he said any story can be told in six words. I ask bloggers, friends, strangers, and a few strange blogger friends to respond to a prompt.

May is Creative Beginnings Month. What’s one creative endeavor you have in you that you need to start? Even better: Start it. Maybe use this post as square one to finally get it underway.

What would yours be?

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1. Conquering my gosh darn knitting needles.

Tara, of Aiming High Wife

2. I’m going to play a ukulele!

Yvonne T., of Hello World

3. Make Disney World vacation photo album.

Dana H., of Kiss My List

4. Equip our LEGOman for hockey WC.

Tamara G., of Confessions of a Part-time Working Mom

5. Take the page onto the stage.

Jenn C., of

6. A crocheted blanket for baby nephew!

Courtney W., of Blog Me This

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7. Learn a whole song on guitar.

Eric W., of All in a Dad’s Work

8. Stop procrastinating … finish writing my story.

Mary Lou Q., of Me in the Middle

9. Write now, or forever remain unwritten.

Leslie B., of Ink Interrupted

10. My first book, a future best seller.

Alison T., of Sparkly Shoes and Sweat Drops

11. Pencil sketches – window to my soul.

Laura B., of The Real Adventures of Becoming (whatever this thing is that I’m presuming is the authentic and genuine) Me

12. My book. For real this time.

Tricia M., of Raising Humans

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13. Harnessing Tina Fey’s humor and wit.

Erika, of Anxious Mom

14. Memoir, ‘My Life as a Pantser.’

Susan D., of Color Me Writing

15. Start freelancing again – pitch someone NOW!

Rachel L., of Don’t Eat the Pencil

16. I need to start that book.

Andrea M., of About 100%

17. Write the book that lives within.

Charlotte K., of My Pixie Blog

18. Learning guitar and piano: Part dueux.

Kim, of Protean Mom

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19. Stop being afraid; submit that script!

Tammie, of The Graying Chronicles

20. Two room apartment? Wagon wheel garden 🙂

Lyn C., of The Call of the Pen

21. Quiet book to entertain kids overseas.

Holly C., of Simplify Create Inspire

22. Time to finally publish my novels!

Sandra, of A Momma’s View

23. StART painting quotes on wood today!

Pat C., of New Bloggy Cat

24. That book, concept complete, frozen mid-research.

Laura, of Riddle from the Middle

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25. Ace Recital Hair Buns for Dummies.

Janine H., of Confessions of a Mommyaholic

26. Weed, hoe, seed, water backyard heaven!

Tiffany M., of Sounds Like Life to Me

27. Help Grace start her own blog.

Eli P., of Coach Daddy

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    1. It’ll be fun – she wanted to do one that had sports highlights at first, but I think she wants to write more now. Glad you could be part of it again – you have 100% attendance, Janine.

      1. Sometimes it takes a mini tournament to find the right one. Other times, the right one is the first one and the only one, Eric. Thanks for playing.

  1. Reblogged this on All In A Dad's Work and commented:
    Eli, the Coach Daddy, heard Yoda tell Hemmingway “Use 6 words you must.” So with just six words, Eli challenges us fellow bloggers to pen our own story. You might even find a new blog to follow! Happy reading!

  2. Go Grace! I don’t think my daughter has any interest in starting a blog, but she certainly has lots to say!

    Happy to join you again, Eli. And I’m also happy to say that I completed my creative endeavor- the Disney vacation album is complete!

    1. Thanks Dana. I bet if your daughter guest posted on your blog, she’d get the bug. It’s a bug, isn’t it?

      So glad you’re here. Blog friends come and go, but I’m glad we stick around.

      I think you get the first slice of pizza for having cranked out your creative endeavor first! Some of us might not have even brushed our hair since the post went live. Look at you!

  3. I need a deadline – to succeed!
    There’s 6 words for you, too 🙂 I am sorry I didn’t make it, but – things just got a little crazy, I am still catching up on my blog comments from almost two weeks ago – arrrrgh.
    Great post as always.

    1. Good one! No worries about not making it – but next time, I will give you a deadline. You wouldn’t be the first who needed one! Glad you liked it, Claudia.

  4. great list, sometimes we just have to jump in the deep end, or it will never happen. I’m hoping you take yours to heart and start it soon )

  5. So much creativity, so little time to follow-through – or is it something else that is holding people back?
    Can’t wait to read Grace’s first post on her own page, I’ve seen some of her work here on yours a while ago!

    1. If it’s time, I wish we could all devote one day per month to clear the deck for creativity. Can you imagine?

      yes, Grace guest-posted. I’m eager to see what she comes up with, Tamara!

    1. You get there quick in six words, Sandra. I hope you do take brush to furniture soon. Look forward to visiting your blog again – it’s been too long.

      1. I think you may have inspired me, again! You post got me thinking about my hearts truest desire so I tookthe leap and started a new blog on WP, The.Authentic.School. It is going to be a place where I post tools, resources and my thoughts. The tag line is ‘valuing people. making progress.’ Stay tuned and thanks!

  6. So many wonderful pearls of wisdom here that I’m amazed by all you can say with less! Thank you for this, for creating this wonderful space for creatives to gather, and for always supporting and encouraging us in new and unusual ways. Just went to meet new blog friends 🙂

    1. Six words just gives you enough space, Charlotte. It can be done! I’m grateful for the community that contributes to this and supports each other.

      Hope not only that you find a couple new blog friends, but that someone will find your words, too, and love them as I do.

  7. Thank you for including me in your 6 words! It was so much fun to participate, and it actually really made me think. I have four days left in May to make my creative plan a creative reality. My flight just landed at Logan (YAY vacation!), and my pencils and sketchbook are in my bag! No excuses! Sending you joyful thoughts for a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.

    1. Thanks for playing, Lu. Sometimes these things can provoke thought. How’s your creative plan going?

      Email me something out of your sketchbook this weekend. If you have a chance, grab a slice of pizza at Sal’s for me, would you?

      Have a great weekend.

  8. Seems like there are many books in the making 🙂 And I love the hair bun one… So glad my daughter is not doing ballet anymore… not need for perfect buns in Jazz…

    1. We’d better get writing, Sandra. And my girls won’t even let me go near their hair, even though dad knows all about braiding and half-up-half-down.

  9. Oh wow – she’s really going to start her own blog??!! Awesome. You two will have such a fun, bonding experience over that. My son wants a YouTube channel, but he has to wait another year because his mom is a stickler boring panties worst mom ever about rules. *eyeroll for eternity*

    Love how so many of us want to write books! We need to start a book club and help one another out! That would be a great weekly meme: post a paragraph of your most recent creative writing and share it! Hmmmmm, coffee chat may be getting an over haul next year. 🙂

    1. She wanted to – and when I told her I’d help this weekend, she shrugged. I think she wanted to swim and play and relax, and I don’t blame her!

      Rules, especially for social media and the like, are the best. He’s lucky to have a mama who cares, your son.

      I hope we all get the words on the pages. This would be one hell of a book club, Rore.

      Let me now if you add that featured to the coffee chat – I’m in.

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