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Writing Prompt: The First Lie

Salut!  So, some of you must be wondering what happened to my posts for the last week and a half.  WordPress decided that it won’t post my scheduled posts in full.  The post text is deleted and replaced with my initial draft line, like the post was never saved.  So, I apologize for any emails that didn’t link to posts.  I think I have it under control.  To rectify the situation, both of the last two Writing Life posts will be posted this weekend.

LfBH will now be posted bi-weekly.  I can’t keep up with the volume and quality, and if I want to have less editing work later, I need to put the time in to make sure each post is up to standard.  The next LfBH installment will go up on Monday, October 24.  I know, it’s a long time from now, but I’m plotting a NaNo novel, and editing the hell out of the first 13 chapters of LfBH.  So, wish me luck.  =]

Now, for the writing prompt!

Write a scene in which a lie lands yourself or your character into a pot of hot water!

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Prompt: Familiar

Gwin © Inkheart - Cornelia Funke

This is vague.  I want you to really reach here, because this concept has been done a thousand times five times over.  I want you to… *drumroll*  ….. tell me about your animal companion/familiar!  Or a character’s animal companion/familiar.  How did you/they come to be together?  How do you/they communicate?   Tell me the story. <3

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Writing Prompts for the Young at Heart ~ via Writing Forward

Once again, this week’s prompts come from Writing Forward, by Melissa Donovan!

Writing Prompts for the Young at Heart!

Enjoy them, they’re fantastic.  And leave Melissa some comments if you like the prompts! <3

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3 Fiction Writing Exercises ~ via Writing Forward

Today’s writing exercises come from Writing Forward, by Melissa Donovan.  LOVE her blog.  <3

So, head on over to Writing Forward’s 3 Fiction Writing Exercises!  She’s give you a separate exercise for characters, plots, and themes, so there’s something for everyone! <3

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In the Spirit of Summer

Here’s a list of starters and prompts.  I want you guys to have fun with this one.  Lazy July days are necessary. <3

  • Write about your dream vacation. If you could go anywhere or do anything this summer, what would you do?
  • I was lounging on a beach on Maui when suddenly…
  • The last thing you expect to find in a swimming pool is…
  • Most kids set up a lemonade stand to make some money, but not us. We decided to…
  • This is going to be the last summer when I…
  • One thing I wish I’d done differently last summer is…
  • The minute the fireworks started going off, I…
  • Write a story about people from a land of perpetual summer visiting people from a land of perpetual winter, or vice versa.

Thanks to The Writing For Children Resource Site for these prompts!

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I’m so behind.

So, with allergies and illness peppering my last two weeks, I’ve been scrambling hard to try to get everything done.  So, here’s a status update:

  • E-Book Exclusive:  Will be out in a day or so.  I had some issues with my final piece, and I… honestly probably should have given Calibre a test drive before I decided to use it.  I’m still working out some snags, but I’m getting there.  So, another day or so.  I promise. <3  ALSO, if you subscribe via RSS, I do not have record of your email.  If you’ve subscribed after May 18th, please send me an email at gogglesandlace [at] gmail [dot] com so you can receive your free e-book!
  • Talion:  All the ridiculous issues with Calibre, the e-book, and the health situations had me so busy I forgot today was Saturday until ridiculously late last night.   ._.;  I swear, not being (gainfully) employed is really killing my sense of time.  This is entirely my fault, and I’ll probably have a late update on Tuesday for you. <3
  • Letters from Blackford Hill:  ON SCHEDULE!  <3  Part 10 will be posted on Monday.

I really appreciate everyone’s patience the last couple of weeks.  You’re all fantastic. <3

Things G&L can offer in the meantime:

  • Check out some of our back Prompts/Exercises, or participate in this week’s Apocalypse.
  • Catch up on LfBH or Talion before their next installments.
  • Sign up in the left hand column for a regular email update of G&L, and receive the aforementioned e-book exclusive!

Thanks again for all your patience, interest, and encouragement!  I love you guys!

Also:

Happy birthday to my Dad!

And happy Father’s Day to all you other Dad’s out there!

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What We Can Learn from Contrast

“What can we learn from contrast?  Write a description of something very dark (like a crow) in a very light place (like a field of snow).  Make the dark thing seem innocent and the light thing seem ominous.”

This week’s prompt brought to you by: WritingFix.com’s Random Daily Writing Prompt Generator.

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A Challenge

Hello, my loves.

If you’re anything like me, you struggle sitting down to write every day.  Whether it’s writer’s block, life getting in the way, work, kids, pets, lethargy, or the dreaded fear, there’s something keeping you from your keyboard.  It’s an awful feeling to know that you want to write. You love to write.  But you’re  just not writing.

I’m here to save the day.  Kind of.

Tomorrow is May 1st, spring is in the air, and for once, the bleak, depressing darkness of winter is peeling away.  The perfect time for a new beginning (and we all need one now and then, that’s for sure).

My proposal?

Sit down and commit yourself to at least ten minutes of writing every single day.  Just ten minutes.  Sit down, set a kitchen timer, and work on one of your current writing projects.  It doesn’t have to be one single project, you can break it up over anything you happen to be working on, even if that means starting a new piece of flash fiction.  This exercise is about progress, passion, and putting forth the effort even when you’re not feeling your best.

If you feel like doing more (or simply just want to make use of available time)? FANTASTIC!  Write as much as you can for as long as you can!  Feed on the creative flow!

The rules?

  • You have to put in a minimum of 10 minutes per day for the entire 31 days of May.  If you have to break it up into five minutes here and five minutes there, go for it!  The point is, you’re getting your ten minutes done!
  • ‘Progress’ doesn’t just mean ‘writing.’  If your novel is in dire need of character sheets and an outline, work it for ten minutes!  If you haven’t started an outline for your novels and just want to brainstorm, try cluster mapping, listing, or just scribbling ideas.  Free-writing your ideas opens you up to a lot of possibilities that might not have been there if you over think it.
  • Don’t limit yourself.  If you have the time and creative flow to work more than ten minutes, keep going.  What’s stopping you?  Laziness is not allowed for those ten minutes, and getting on a roll can only help your work!

The rules are pretty simple and flexible.  Make this project your project.  It’s no NaNoWriMo, but in that stagnant place between Novembers, it’ll keep you moving.  =P

Optional fun?

  • Create a log of your work.  I plan on writing down what progress I made (even if I missed the 10-minute-mark.  Nobody’s perfect) in each 10-minute interval, and posting a weekly progress report on my blog.  Join me?  =]
  • Recruit friends.  I know it’s short notice, but starting late won’t kill anyone.  And it’s not against the rules.  =P
  • Share bits of what you’ve worked on.  Show us your progress!  Photos of your cluster maps, writing space, hand-scrawled pages! Don’t be shy.  This could also be a fun way to add to your blog. =P
  • Link me to any posts you make about this challenge!  I’d love to showcase your work in my posts if it’s okay by the authors!

Bottom line, just have fun with this!  We write because we love it.  What’s holding you back?

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Exercise 1: “Dear Diary”

Very first writing exercise for G&L! Keep in mind that there are no rules, really. Tweak the exercise as you need to tweak it. If you participate, but don’t feel like sharing, that’s just fine, too.

We all have characters that we don’t know as deeply as we should, and as a result they come across as flat and drab in our fiction. In a night class I took several years ago, my teacher insisted that those of us having a hard time hearing our characters’ voices try writing a diary entry from their perspective. It doesn’t matter if the character is your hero, your villain, or a side character whose purpose seems lost but you know belongs in your story. Even if you come up with multiple entries, as long as you provide a link (if you plan to share) you’re welcome to share as many as you like. Remember, you have from Friday until the following Thursday to send me your links to include on that exercise’s post.

To recap!

Exercise for February 18, 2011: Write a diary entry for a character you don’t know very well, detailing the bits about him/her you’re unsure about. Use his/her voice. Don’t edit, let it come naturally, and you might be surprised what your character has to say. =]

Good luck!

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