Grow Write Guild: Creative writing prompts for gardeners

Grow Write Guild #25: Connecting Through the Garden

Over the years, I have met all sorts of people as a result of my personal and professional interest in gardening. Some of these experiences have been thrilling and joyful; others were colorful, frightening, a bit odd, or downright nuts. Some of the strangest conversations took place as I tended my former “Guerilla garden” on

Grow Write Guild: Creative writing prompts for gardeners

Grow Write Guild #24: Favorite Garden, Ever

Grow Write Guild Prompt #24: Write about the most inspiring garden you have visited. Further Notes and Questions: Was it a public or private garden? What about it appealed to you? How did you feel there? Describe the parts that you liked best. Did you discover a new plant there? Did you learn something else

Grow Write Guild - Year One

Grow Write Guild – One Year!

Today marks one year since I started the Grow Write Guild. Thanks so much to those of you who have followed along, commented, posted, or promoted this endeavour over the last year. It’s been a lot of fun dreaming up the prompts and following along with your responses. Special thanks to Davin Risk who drew/designed

Grow Write Guild: Creative writing prompts for gardeners

Grow Write Guild #23: Houseplant Love

Houseplants are often where many of us nurture a love of cultivating plants, and through winter, they can be an important way to stay connected to the gardener part of ourselves. Grow Write Guild Prompt #23: Write about a houseplant.

Grow Write Guild: Creative writing prompts for gardeners

Grow Write Guild #22: Seed to Seed

Starting from seed is not just an economical way to produce edible crops or access unusual plants and specific varieties. Over the years I have found that it is also a good way to really get to know a specific plant type more intimately and I’ve found myself ordering seed from all types of plants

Grow Write Guild: Creative writing prompts for gardeners

Grow Write Guild #21: Gardener

Some of us begin working the soil fully consciousness of a desire to become a gardener, while others can spend years growing plants before we awaken to the realization of who we have become. For me it was the latter. I spent years, on and off, collecting houseplants, nurturing cuttings, and messing around with the

Grow Write Guild: Creative writing prompts for gardeners

Grow Write Guild #20: Loving Winter More

I’ll be the first to admit that my banter this winter is grating and repetitive, a broken record stuck on a particularly whoa woe is me whine. “This winter is brutal. It’s too cold. It’s too dark! Waaa!” While I don’t believe in the notion that you can magically make everything better by begging the

Grow Write Guild: Creative writing prompts for gardeners

Grow Write Guild #19: Growing the Future

Maybe it’s just me being a big baby, but it feels as if this winter has been especially cruel. Ice storms, weeks of darkness, power outages, damaged trees, and “extreme cold” are just some of the events of the season. The days locked inside have jump-started fantasies about the coming growing season. What am I

Grow Write Guild: Creative writing prompts for gardeners

Grow Write Guild #18: This Mortal Coil

Last week, I lay flat on the examination table wearing nothing but a thin hospital gown while my doctor went through the routine of a physical, poking and prodding, checking for any unusual growth. I’ll spare you the details, but we all know what this entails. It’s uncomfortable and nobody enjoys it, but it’s one

Grow Write Guild: Creative writing prompts for gardeners

Grow Write Guild #17: Writing Plants

The last prompt was tough, so I thought I’d switch to something lighter, although perhaps not easier. Plant descriptions are essential to writing about gardening. A good description functions like a story, drawing the reader in to want to find out more and maybe even try the plant in their own garden. It’s easy to

Grow Write Guild: Creative writing prompts for gardeners

Grow Write Guild #16: Write Dangerously

I am currently participating in National Novel Writing Month. While the goal is to write a 50,000 word novel within the month of November, I do not expect that I will write that many words, nor do I intend to write a novel. Instead, my personal goal is to create a habit around personal, fiction(ish)

Grow Write Guild: Creative writing prompts for gardeners

Grow Write Guild #15: Photo Idea Generator

I’ve been writing about gardening regularly on this website for nearly fourteen years. Naturally, there are days when I sit down to write and my mind draws a blank. I keep stacks of ideas and notes next to my desk, but there are times when I am not in the mood to tackle any of

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