100 Ways to Say It – 100 Prompts to Choose

Altogether Now . . .

Every Wednesday, I post a writing prompt. I reached 100 prompts recently. I thought it would be interesting to see them as a 100 Line poem. These are the first 100 Wednesday Writing Prompts as a list.

While I tried to make each week a different prompt, some are repeated. I must have thought they were important to explore. In my own writing, I have discovered that the same prompt repeated doesn’t bring about the same response. By doing the writing, by living, we are changed. Never the same result twice. 

Here are 100 weeks of clues, play, nudges toward inspiration.  I hope they spark your imagination!


If I was five percent more brave, I would choose __________________________.

first kiss

I remember . . .  /  I don’t remember . . .

The last time I tried to control someone . . .

How much imagination are you willing to create in your life?

The memory of a haircut.

Write about the color green without mentioning the word green.

Communication creates the future.” – Anodea Judith

When was the last time you experienced deja vu?

I am larger, better than I thought
I did not know I held so much goodness. – Walt Whitman

If I understood, would I have this look on my face? ~ Alan Alda

We have no art. We simply do everything as beautifully as we can. ~  Balinese saying

If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.” ~ Peter Drucker

You ARE the miracle.” – Rick Levine

“Don’t waste trouble.”  – Jordan Hoggard

“Sex is kicking death in the ass while singing.” ― Charles Bukowski

“The imagination is the golden pathway to everywhere” –  Terence McKenna

Who will you choose to be? – Benjamin Hardy, PhD

Fuck shame, make art.” ~ Amanda Palmer

“Freedom is no fear.” – Nina Simone

“You ARE the miracle.– Rick Levine

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.” – Jimi Hendrix

“The secret title of all good poems could be ‘Tenderness.’” ~ Galway Kinnell

Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” -Dr. Mae Jemison

“Those who wish to sing find a song.” – Swedish Proverb

“Religion and Heaven are for people who don’t want to go to Hell. Spirituality is for those of us who have already been there.” ~ David Bowie


“Trees with strong roots laugh at storms.– Malay Proverb

Your head is a living forest full of songbirds. – E.E. Cummings

“Sin ought to be something exquisite, my dear boy.” Émile Zola

Take time to stop and be the flowers.” ~ Albert Hoffman

The world is full of people who have stopped listening to themselves.” ~ Joseph Campbell

“It was the hour of showdown. The miraculous hour. ” ~ Patti Smith, M Train

Your head is a living forest full of songbirds. —E. E. Cummings

“Your silence will not protect you.” – Audre Lorde

” . . . where it is going determines where it has been.” ~ Alan Watts

“One must have a Chaos in the heart to birth a Star.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

“You’re here to choose.” – Benjamin Hardy, PhD

“Just imagine it, and it will be so.” – Jordan Hoggard

“You are the living prayer of your ancestors.” ~ Magali Boehlen

“And sleeping is a gateway drug / To being awake . . .” ~ They Might Be Giants

“Without music, life would be a mistake. – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Humans must become cyborgs to remain relevant.” – Elon Musk

“No matter how many times the world comes to an end, we can celebrate the new beginnings.” – Timothy Price

’”Optimism is a strategy for making a better future . . . ” – Noam Chomsky

’“It’s ok not to know.” – Dr Payne, from How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez

“Neptune’s artful fork holds no energy with a missing prong!” – Holly Troy

Nature loves courage.” – Terence McKenna

“Spelling is a spell.” – Erykah Badu

“It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backward.” – Lewis Carroll

“What would Willy Wonka do?” – Carolyn Elliot

“If I got rid of my demons, I’d lose my angels.” ~ Tennessee Williams

Just decide.” – Caroline Elliot

“Welcome all of your imagination. Forget your expectations and feel how things actually are.” – Jordan Hoggard

“I’ve been on the top. I’ve been on the bottom. Both places are empty.” ~ Nico

POOF!” – Jordan Hoggard

“It just doesn’t matter.– Carolyn Elliot

“Tell me, we both matter, don’t we?”  Kate Bush

“I make my best art when I’m in love . . . ” – Nick Reeves

“We are the media.” – Amanda Palmer

” . . . om mane padme hum, gare gate paragate, parasamgate bodhi svaha, Doo Wa Ditty Ditty Dum Ditty Doo . . . ” – Carolyn Elliot

“Time is a very misleading thing.” – George Harrison

“One of the premier causes of unnecessary drama is bad boundaries.” – Jen Sincero

“Where there is a woman there is magic.” ~ Ntozake Shange

Turned on women will change the world.” ~Nicole Daedone⁣

“I am Sun Ra, ambassador from the intergalactic regions of the council of outer space.” – Sun Ra

“Sing in me, Muse, and through me tell the story . . . “ – Homer

“It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backward.” – Lewis Carroll

Rock and roll has probably given more than it’s taken. – Charlie Watts

“I am so happy, I am so happy. I loved my life.” – Last words, poet Gerard Manly

“I’m going to smile, and my smile will sink down into your pupils, and heaven knows what it will become.” Jean-Paul Sartre
“The heart is the toughest part of the body.
Tenderness is in the hands.”
Carolyn Forché
“Rock n roll is magic.” – Marc Bolan
“Death is perfectly safe, you’ve already done it like a billion times.” – Carolyn Elliot
“I want to walk upon the galaxies. I want to hold the oceans in my hand.” – Marc Bolan
Optimism is a strategy for making a better future . . . ” – Noam Chomsky
“One day we change from children into people . . . ” – Marc Bolan
“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.– Albert Camus
“It’s not that I’m rebelling. It’s that I’m just trying to find another way.” -Edie Sedgwick
“We can create every moment. We are here.” – Joti Surprem
Love is the answer.” – John Lennon
“Oh! I’m not dead.” – Holly Troy
“I just couldn’t resist the human experience.”  – Guru Jagat
“I don’t have any other message than don’t forget you are alive.” ~ Joe Strummer
“It’s just that I suffer very eloquently.” — Joni Mitchell
“The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself.” – Anais Nin
“Nature loves courage.” – Terence McKenna
On Writing

Breathe the sentence in. Exhale the sentence. Inhale and exhale each word. Now inhale and exhale the sentence. Then, go!

There is only one rule, keep your hand moving.

Don’t worry about grammar, spelling, or punctuation. If you feel stuck, keep writing anyway. Try going back to the prompt and write it out until other words arise, then write those—or, repeat the last word you wrote again and again until new words appear—or, write, “I am stuck,” or “I can’t think of anything,” as long as you keep your hand moving. Writing is physical, the words will move through your body and come out of your hand—just keep it moving.

Now go – for five, ten, fifteen minutes . . 

Share, if you like

When you are done, feel free to share your work in the comments – or share on your own blog. Consider including a link to this post if you do.

Peace, love, and power!

January 21, 2022
Elizaville, NY


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Holly hails from an illustrious lineage of fortune tellers, yogis, folk healers, troubadours and poets of the fine and mystical arts. Shape-shifting Tantric Siren of the Lunar Mysteries, she surfs the ebbs and flows of the multiverse on the Pure Sound of Creation. Her alchemy is Sacred Folly — revolutionary transformation through Love, deep play, Beauty, and music.

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