Writing Prompt # 148

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W.P. # 148    No computers. (Imagine a day where you unplug. What would you do with yourself?)

Writing Prompt # 147

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W.P. # 147   (As we all know Father’s Day is coming up, so why not honour the men/father’s in our lives by telling them how much they mean to us. And if you’re a guy, try to remember all the neat things your father taught you. Things that you will one day teach to your sons and daughters.)   Write about a memory of your father.

Writing Prompt # 145

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W.P. # 145    Write about the fall.

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As writers (screenwriters, poets and artists) sometimes we get stuck in the process of creating ideas, forgetting for a moment that even if two novels share an inciting incident they will be inherently different because of the approach of their authors.

Today, I started reading John Lescroart’s  The Fall and discovered this aforementioned similarity with The Cuckoo’s Calling. On reading more I discovered that this tale was unique. Different. Because the story to be told wasn’t ab out a supermodel who had been murdered, but a teenage girl who was looking forward to moving out of a group home.

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So, your task if you choose to accept it is to write about a fall.

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Writing Prompt # 143

Growing up, I much preferred my second name to my first. Or at other times anything that started with an S. I can’t say why I was so enamoured by names like Sarah and Sacha, except that they were the names of friends and characters I admired.

Look back into your past, your childhood  and imagine the name you wished you had. Now’s your chance. Take it. Tell that story.

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W.P. # 143    Imagine if you were given a different name at birth, re-write your story.

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Writing Prompt # 142

W.P. # 142  Names: Luther/Luthor

(Does it say anything to you about character?)

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Following Idris Elba as a driven detective working in London’s Serious Crime Unit (SCU), “Luther” focuses on the escapades of a detective…

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Decide for yourself. Is Luthor/Luther such an enigmatic name?

Freestyle Writing Challenge: The Hurt Behind the Smile

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This piece was written in response to a freestyle writing challenge from Marjorie Mallon at kryomagica. Usually, I don’t do this sort of thing, but upon reading the challenge I thought about my main character, Brandi Daniels from the Way of the Seer, because her story was first posted here.

Follow the link if you haven’t checked it out already. (Brandi is a teenager who believes that she possesses innate gifts and more than anything, she wants to be reunited with her long-lost father.) Below is her note to Roger, the boy who once saved her life.

Thanks Marjorie for this prompt/challenge.

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The Hurt Behind the Smile

(Brandi’s secret note to Roger)

When I first met you all I thought about was that you were probably just another dumb jock, but then you came to the diner, taught me how to discover themes hidden in literature, and defeat men who wanted to overthrow me. You were my guardian, seems you knew I had powers long before me, and Teresa and you saved my life.

And I’m thankful for that even though I can never repay you. When the incident happened at the school and my father appeared, you were there. Truth was, you were always there. Even when I doubted myself and my latent talents. Look how far I’ve traveled and I’m still here. On that floor, crying because you are gone. A thorn from a rose, broken off and stripped to prevent other things. Only now I am lonely, regretting the friendship that could have been something great. Regretting the lack of time, but hoping at least that the hurt behind the smile will eventually fade. Because my memories of you, right now, are everything.

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This post is an answer to a free style writing challenge

from https://kyrosmagica.wordpress.com/2015/05/24/free-style-writing-challenge-the-hurt-behind-the-smile/

The Free Style Writing Challenge Rules:

1. Set a stop watch or your mobile to 5 minutes or 10 minutes whichever challenge you think you can beat.

2. Your topic is at the foot of this post BUT DO NOT SCROLL DOWN TO SEE IT UNTIL YOU ARE READY WITH A TIMER.

3. Fill the word doc with as many words as you want. Once you began writing do not stop even to turn.

4. Do not cheat by going back and correcting spellings and grammar with spell check in MS WORD (it is only meant for you to reflect on your own control of sensible thought flow and for you to reflect on your ability to write the right spelling and stick to grammar rules)

5. You may or may not pay attention to punctuation and capitals. However, if you do, it would be best.

6. At the end of your post write down ‘Word count =_____’ so that we would have an idea of how much you can write within the time frame.

7. Do not forget to copy paste the entire passage on your blog post with a new Topic for your nominees and copy paste these rules with your nominations (at least 5 bloggers).

So rather than nominate 5 bloggers, it’s my pleasure to invite any of you who would like to participate to do!) I look forward to reading your short shorts, and thanks again for reading.

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Writing Prompt # 127

W.P. # 127   Write about your secret place.

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You remember, back when you were a child and someone was always calling on you. Asking you to do something, like your homework, or your chores, or some other stuff to keep you out of trouble. Or to prevent you from wasting your time. Well right now, go back to that place and write  something.