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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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G&L: A Survey.

If you have any suggestions, comments, questions, or concerns, please leave a comment, or contact me via any of the methods listed on my contact page!  Your feedback is always welcome–in fact, it’s critical.

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Operation: Evac Earth

Your family, friends, and life might be a lot different…if they were in space! Imagine that everything you knew was transported to a traveling space ship or space station. How would your day to day life change?  What led up to the move to space?

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Writing Life: It’s Okay to be Human

Through the Woods

Find your inner "happy place." Image © will wilson *

Writing is an art.  You read, write, research, and observe to hone your craft; work yourself dizzy trying to make every word in every sentence in every paragraph just perfect.  We toil, we cry, we let our index fingers hover threateningly over the “delete” key, after an angry ctrl+a….  But we recoil, and we do because, no matter how much we cry, we still love what we do.  I’m here today to tell you:

It’s okay to be human.

We all have lives, jobs, and families that continue buzzing about as we sit with our backs to the world, trying to allot our novel some love before the high-pitched screaming toddler in the background will eventually require a diaper change.  We love our novels, but it’s okay to love the rest of our lives, too, because, I repeat:

It’s okay to be human.

Our pets need feeding, our spouses need reassuring, our bills need paying, our lives need livingWriting is important to you, and you want to do it well.  Everyone will tell you that you need to write to improve your craft.  You need to write and read and research and write some more– and they’re right!  But you’ll never improve your writing with your face on your keyboard in a puddle of your own tears, sobbing over those four pages your child lost when she gave the keyboard a swat.

Go to your happy place.  If you have to sacrifice ten minutes of writing for your own mental health and inner quiet, would you really consider that a set back?  Your writing will improve when your state of mind improves.  I don’t know about you, but the more stressed I get, the worse I feel, the less likely I am to write anything worthwhile.  I forget to eat, my brain stops functioning, I get dizzy and irritable and prone to tears and rude outbursts.  Take a breath.  Take a walk.  Read something for fun instead of for the sake of picking apart storytelling strategy.  Have a glass of water to rehydrate yourself.  Remember:

It’s okay to be human.

How can you create humanity in your writing if you don’t allow a bit for yourself?

 

How do you deal with stress?  Do you have a “happy place” or a de-stressing routine?  How do you find silence in your every day life?

 

Flickr Photo: Will Wilson

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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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G&L on The C2C!

Salut, kiddos!

My fantastic blog-friend Ollin Morales has invited me to guest post over on his blog, Courage 2 Create!  I won’t spoil it.  So head on over, and let me tell you Why Your Lack of Focus is a Good Thing!

Don’t forget to leave comments, and check out the rest of Ollin’s blog.  He and his amazing line-up of guest posters offer some sound and incredibly encouraging advice.

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