Sunday, May 20, 2012

Cuckoo Birds, Depression and Writing Prompts

My Cuckoo bird vs the real one 

My blog has suffered here as the gloominess of depression has settled upon my person like a damp melodramatic fog.  I am writing some about it over at View from a Cuckoo’s Nest. I also took artistic license with the cuckoo bird itself. As you can see, mine is much cuter and I found a mascot at a dollar type of store so that settled it for me.  Now my bird needs a name, any suggestions? I suppose I should have used a Phoenix as one rising from the ashes of depression, but frankly I have always been a little cuckoo and I believe it fits me better. Besides have you looked for Phoenix bird stuff lately?   J

So, as I try to regain control of the darkeness, I thought I would post some awesome writing prompts. I use these are part of my therapy, but I think they will be beneficial to everyone. 

"Think about a time you thought, It's not fair. Write to tell the reader about something that happened to you that was not fair." This came from the great site : Prompt Genorator at  This prompt could cultivate many stories from Chick Lit to YA or even a thriller.
Some other great sites are:

Creative Therapy – These appear to 2010 and prior but there are some really good prompts to be found there.
Self-Help-Healing-Arts-Journal  - offers prompts, affirmations, art projects and much more
The Writing Reader has an excellent article on How Depression Feels here.
Write to Done has an article on 31 Ways to to find inspiration for your writing.

I believe Utter Randomonium has the definite collection of writing prompts sites. 

Also be sure to check out this marvelous site: BloomingHumans where they will be discussing appreciating the  past and dreamseeding the future. 

Please feel free to post any depression, writer's block or just uplifting stories!


Suzanne said...

Remember that the depression doesn't own you. It's a thing to be conquered. I blame the weather - it hasn't been very Spring-like lately. Keep up the good fight!

Sheila said...

Besides being on meds that keep me from 'falling off the edge', my daughter turned me on to tunes like "I'll Survive You" and "King of Anything". I've battled depression for as long as I can remember so know you're not alone. I did a desperate thing several years ago-a particularly insightful neighbor of mine said to make him mad by living. Hm, OK. If you need someone to talk to, I'm here. I'm also on FB. One day at a time, girlfriend.


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