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Writers’ Dash Prompt: Peace Advocacy

Published on Monday, August 27, 2012 by

Today’s morning prompt is peace advocacy. Come join us in Second Life® or work from home at 6am PST for 15 minutes of writing inspired by the word.

Please feel free to add your dash piece to the comments section of this blog post below.


I found #dailydash/#writersdash on Twitter, what is it?

The Writers’ Dash (#writersdash or #dailydash on Twitter) is a 15-minute free writing exercise held on Twitter, Facebook and Second Life® every weekday. At 5:30am & 5:30pm PDT we share the word prompt on our social media channels; the live event begins in Second Life® at 6am & 6pm PDT. Write whatever comes to you. Don’t fixate too heavily on what you are writing and disengage your inner editor – the key is for you to get the words on the page first; you can worry about editing later. If you are attending the live event in Second Life® there will be an opportunity for you to show your work to the other participants after the 15 minutes are up. If you are unable to attend the live event you can share your work on our blog. Just look out for the prompt post and leave your dash piece as a comment.

Do I have to do the Writers’ Dash in Second Life®?

No, you can do it at home, if you prefer. We share the prompt word at 5:30am & 5:30pm PDT on Twitter and Facebook and start the timer in Second Life® at 6am/6pm PDT every weekday.

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Virtual Writers, Inc. is a free online writers’ community first established in 2007 and committed to showcasing established and emerging writers in a range of interactive and immersive environments. Here we learn to experiment with digital, social and virtual world platforms to push the creative envelope and develop a strong, unique voice.

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4 Responses
    • Peace Advocacy
      In the 1960s we were all advocates for Peace.
      We believed Peace could come worldwide
      if we really wanted it.
      Somehow the idea became diluted.
      The focus shifted from
      peacefully coexisting with other people,
      respecting their religious and cultural differences,
      appreciating their artwork, literature, style of home and dress.
      The shift went many ways.
      Some wanted acceptance for whatever lifestyle they chose.
      Others pushed for the newest music, art, idea of the time.
      Those in power, politically and culturally, sought to keep their power
      by putting down anything different from their ideas.
      Peace Advocacy drifted,
      although some people held it close
      and worked to achieve it.
      Doctors Without Borders,
      The Peace Corps,
      groups who helped the homeless and disenfranchised,
      Outreach efforts by churches and other groups,
      these and so many others kept Peace as a goal.
      So many times when I’d hear some Government Leader
      spouting about how his country could never accept the legitimacy
      of foreign nations
      or people within their own country who were different,
      I wished that person could sit in my classroom for one whole day—
      sit quietly observing openmindedly.
      My kids spoke between 9 and 11 different home languages any year.
      They came from vastly different cultural and religious backgrounds.
      They were supportive of each other.
      They were genuinely happy when someone “caught on” to the lessons.
      They cared when someone was upset, ill, or not doing well.
      Peace Advocacy is a reachable goal.
      And it feels GOOD when you get there.
      We could achieve it…..if we worked at it.
      Franja Russell 8-27-2012

    • Why he said
      the ground trembling
      the incinerating flames
      the bullets teaing through the flesh
      the shrapnel tearing through the bone
      the anguished mothers and their cries
      the deadly droning in the sky
      peace advocacy
      I think, ultimately, that you must know

      hear the endless deadly silence

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    • The peace lecture had started and the speaker had been talking for a while. The audience was bored. The theme of world peace was kind of old and the sun was shining outside, the lawns had been freshly watered and everything smelled so nice.
      “What would be the color of peace?” asked John, interrupting the perplexed speaker.
      “White, most would say. I prefer blue. It’s the color of the sea,” replied the speaker in a paternalistic tone.
      “But the sea is far from being peaceful.”
      “True. Yet just try looking at the sea. It’s amazing how peaceful you feel. People who love the sea are peace advocates, in a way.”
      “I see…”
      A moment of silence. The speaker tapped his notes on the stand to put them in order and prepared to resume the lecture.
      “Are pirates peace advocates? They do love the sea,” asked John.
      A wave for muffled giggles swept through the room.
      “Let’s go back to our lecture, ok? Now, where were we? Ah, world peace.”
      John sighed and looked outside. The sun was shining and the lawn looked so shiny.
      ©2012 Lizzie Gudkov

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