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Dialogue Exercise: Eavesdropping   2 comments

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Go to a public place where you can overhear people’s conversations. Listen for strange suggestive sentences that seem to rely on the surrounding circumstances for their full meaning and then take then out of context or not. (Dr. Greg Oaks)

Hope you come up with some great dialogue and have fun while you learn!

Writing Prompt: Day Six   1 comment

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Wood Collage

Collage: Write What You See

Study the collage on this page. Relax and focus so that you take in the colors as well as the composition. Now write whatever comes to mind. Don’t stop to think or edit. Try to fill at least one double-spaced page before you stop. Keep writing past one page if the urge to do so is there.

Now put the page away. Don’t look at it for a week. After that, take it out and read it over. See if there is anything that jumps out at you. Anything that you could use to create a character or a story.

You can also do this exercise with other pictures of your choice or sensory objects. Another idea is to go to a place that has an emotional charge for you. Sit, take in the ambiance while you write the same way you did in the above exercise.

This is an excellent way to rid yourself of writer’s block.

As always, I wish you good writing and success.

Writing Prompts: Day Five   Leave a comment

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Obstructions vs Wants

Write a scene where one character wants something and have another character represent the obstruction to that want. Make the want anything, examples of which might include love, a penny, a sister, a shirt , a job, sex, marriage, financial success, a spoon. You can try to resolve the scene or leave it unresolved so you can add to it later. Be overt about the need or be subtle about it. Make sure you use visual and sense-based details, including dialogue to reveal the conflict. (Dr. Greg Oaks)

Good writing and have fun while you learn!

Writing Prompts: Day Four   Leave a comment

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Mall Daze - #31 (Photo credit: Patrick DB)

Rid yourself of writer’s block. Take the challenge.

Characters in Conflict

Two characters in conflict over the setting, place them indoors or outdoors, public or private, where one character wants to go and the other one wants to stay. Make sue to include dialogue and details of setting. Use small paragraphs and have a new paragraph each time there is a new speaker. (Dr. Greg Oaks)

Good writing to all who choose to take the challenge!

Writing Prompts: Day Three   1 comment


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 Conflict with a Familiar

Write a first person scene where one character has a disagreement with a very close friend. The dialogue will be leaner and the characters will know how to read each other’s gestures and codes. The disagreement itself might be subtle and not directly stated. Make sure to include setting and character gestures. (Dr. Greg Oaks)

Good writing to all who chose to take the challenge!

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Great Advice from a fellow blogger.
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Fear sneaks up on you and kills creativity.  Be it insecurity or fear of failure or fear of rejection, or whatever it is, it kills.  How do you counter it? How do you keep writing in the face of fear?

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Posted February 12, 2012 by LediaR in Creative Ideas, Writer's Block

Writing Prompts: Day Two   5 comments

Second writing prompt.

“Parts of Yourself as Different Characters”, pick two contrasting parts of yourself and create two different characters to represent each side and then place those two characters in a particular setting and let them talk.”  Dr. Greg Oaks

Have fun and share your results with us if you choice to do so.

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These thought-provoking writing prompts of Karen’s are well worth the read. Please check them out.
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I love reading Karen’s blog to writers. She is always so wise and gentle with her sage advice.
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Posted February 5, 2012 by LediaR in Creative Ideas, Fiction Writing, Uncategorized

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Writing Prompts: Day One   8 comments

I am taking this fantastic college class of creative writing. The last few weeks, our instructor has given us thought-provoking prompts for our weekly writing assignments. I want to share these, one at a time, to give you the same opportunity to create your own creative writing assignment.

First writing prompt.

“Your first person narrator is feeling something intensely such as love-giddiness, grief, lust, disgust. Pick a particular setting and have the character describe what he or see in such a way that we have a feeling for what he or she is feeling. Show the sadness through how the character describes the trees outside the window. Use your character’s word choices, perceptions,, selection of details commentary or voice.” Dr. Greg Oaks

Have fun and share your results with us if you choice to do so.

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