5 Ways to Discover Story Ideas.

Many people want to be a writer. They want to create the perfect story about___________? And that blank is about as far as the majority gets with their dream. The dream will stay with them for years or even decades of their lives. They might have a vague image of something in their mind, but it refuses to become a clearly formed image.

I’ve been like that with some of my ideas. I’ll sit for hours on adjectives swirling around in my brain but not sure what they’re mean. But, eventually, I growl into the 02:00 AM air and break out a pen and pad of paper or go full-on rage mode and boot up the laptop. That’s when the business of story ideas begins.

5 WAYS TO DISCOVER STORY IDAS IMAGE, BACK TEXT ON WHITE BACKGROUND


 

“Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.”Orson Scott, Author of the Ender’s Game series.

Orson Scott quote, white letters, on silhouette of legs walking on coblble stone street.

Scott is right, very right. You hear many people say, “A story torn from today’s headlines.” The reason for that is because the book or short story, headline the author/writer saw on the news, in the newspaper, or even a social media snippet.

TORN FROM THE HEADLINES

These headlines aren’t just for reality-based genres but can be used for science fiction and fantasy, and magical realism. Yes, that last one is somewhat reality-based, but it still can have plenty of fantasy elements.

I took a glance at today’s headlines, and one is about the L.A. Dodgers going for their 7th World Series title while the Tampa Bay Rays are going for their first.
The first idea to come to mind is a fantasy in which to win their freedom, the Rays of Taba must defeat the brutal forces of the Angels of DoLos.  The Rays know this is their last chance. The battle is set in a series of ever-increasing deadly matches of skill, requiring the combatants to overcome the fear of the situation places them in. The protagonist/hero/main character can be any gender or none at all, any skin tone, any traits at all that appeals to you. The Rays don’t need to win in the story but can lose by deceit, and then they begin to truly fight. They do so guerilla-style, hit and run, a war from the shadows.

Here’s another fantasy idea using the same headline and the same names, with a twist. Prince Taba must find the Ring of Wisdom before Lord Ángeles of the Kingdom of DoLos or Ángeles will possess all Seven Rings of The Ancients and have the power to destroy Taba’s people. If Taba can find it first, the wisdom he receives will save his people and overcome the DoLos. The 7th Ring! In the Bible, the number 7 is the number of physical and spiritual perfection. In numerology, it means both deep and wise. Both references have even more meanings, but I think you get where this is going. Here, I turned Taba into a person. You could also turn this into an Indiana Jones-type action-adventure as well, think Temple of Doom. Or you could say Taba must reach the 7th Circle, the Circle of (Fill in the Blank), to defeat Lord Ángeles of the Kingdom of DoLos.

“But there’s a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on your face. Sometimes the stories are simple, and sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking. But behind all your stories is always your mother’s story, because hers is where yours begin.”Mitch Albom, author of Tuesdays with Morrie.

Mitch Albom quote on silhouettes of mothers with children scenarios.

This one nails the idea behind finding a story. What Albom says is true. You can take a moment in your life and turn it into something else.

PERSONAL LIFE MOMENTS

For instance, I had a few seconds when I was in the 6th grade that could’ve changed my entire school experience. I can still feel that moment today. I’ve relived that moment but changed it in so many ways. Each change leads me down a new path in life. I usually end up being a common sense, logical genius, solving the environmental, global warming, green energy, unemployment, poverty, and hunger problems of the world. And the solution is easy. After all, I’ve done it several times.

I’ve rescued famous people. Won elections. Prevented disasters. Conquered Mars. Colonized planets in other solar systems. And I’ve done it all by changing one point or other in my life.

INSPIRED BY OTHER WORKS

Another way to find an idea is to read a book, watch a movie or TV show, or listen to a song. I’ve found ideas in each of those. No, I don’t copy what I’m enjoying. What I do is, take a line, or an image or some random interpretation of a moment or an emotion, and turn that into a story idea. I currently have 74 separate series of ideas. That’s not 74 books, that’s 74 series. And some of those series I already have three to twelve books story structured.

I write down everything I come up with, along with a description of the idea, what inspired it and anything else I can come up with. If it’s a song, what line of the song and what was I thinking or feeling that inspired the idea. Just a title doesn’t always work. Get all the details you can, or at least enough to head you in the right direction when and if you ever come back to it. If you are serious about becoming an author, carry something on you that you can get those ideas in a form for later. A little notebook, your phone to either make a note or record a message, a tablet.

If you don’t you may lose the most enjoyable writing experience of your life. Some people say, if you can’t remember the idea until later, then it wasn’t good enough, to begin with. Not true. At least not always. I’ve seen so many of my ideas show up on both the big screen and small screen. Some I’ve written down, and some that come back to me as I’m watching or sometimes even reading my thought I had twenty years ago.

“Don’t stop because you’ve hit a block. Finish the page, even if you write nothing but your own name. The block will break if you don’t give in to it. Remember, writing is a physical habit as well as whatever you want to think it is—calling, avocation, talent, genius, art.”Isabelle Holland, author of The Man Without a Face.

Isabelle Holland quote in simple white text on black band and marble styled background.

GET IT OUT OF YOUR HEAD AND INTO WORDS

But what if you’re still wanting to grab onto that vague image you have?

  1. Write down those adjectives you have, no matter how random or unrelated you think they may be.
  2. Get in front of the laptop, close your eyes, and begin typing what you can make out of that image. It may not make any sense. That’s perfectly fine. First moments of ideas seldom do.
  3. Don’t backspace. You can spellcheck later. That’s what Grammarly or whatever you like to use, is for.
  4. As you type, there is a good chance other random thoughts will come to mind, possibly trying to distract you, or so you think. Type them. Get them out of your head so you can either use them later or get them out of the way of where you’re headed.

Once you’ve done what you can. You can do one of two things:

  1. Read what you’ve come up with and see if it takes you somewhere
  2. Walk away for a few days and give your brain and the information time to rest/marinate.
    • You have a creative whirlwind and ideas fly from through your fingers and into words you’ve been begging for.
    • You get frustrated because none of it makes sense and you are no closer to your goal than before you started….or so you think at the time.\

Two things could happen with either choice, in other words, pros and cons:

  1. READING IT NOW:
    • You have a creative whirlwind and ideas fly from through your fingers and into words you’ve been begging for.
    • Or you get frustrated because none of it makes sense and you are no closer to your goal than before you started….or so you think at the time.\
  2. WAITING A FEW DAYS;
    • You return with a fresh uncluttered mind. Perhaps random ideas have popped into your head while doing other tasks
    • Or you see what the words and thoughts, and get frustrated. And for the same reason as the READING IT NOW frustration. You just don’t see it yet.

TAKING WHAT YOU HAVE AND RUNNING WITH IT

But what you can do once you have the results of those initial word writing storms is expand on the words, the adjectives. You know you want a certain kind of story, you just don’t know what the story is. Now you begin to add.

  • Is there a positive protagonist? If so, what are the characteristics you would like the character to have? These can be both external and internal characteristics.
  • Do you want the character to have flaws? If so, what kind do you feel drawn to at that moment?
  • Do you want them to be an anti-hero?
  • Do you have thoughts of an antagonist? Now, this is a bit tricky. An antagonist can take on the guise of a person, a creature, a spirit, a political system, a society, a nation, a world, a universe, and so many other things. Write down the ones you like.
  • Do you see colors? Sounds odd, but colors can lead you places. It could be hair, eyes, the sky, sea, land, or an object.
  • Do you get a feeling there are certain types of people, like an alien race, or elves or sidekicks, anything?

Just because you write it down the initial ideas or the expanded ones, does not mean you must use them. It’s just word playing and seeing if something jumps or sticks.

“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it’s done. It’s that easy, and that hard.” — Neil Gaiman, author of many things.

Neil Gaiman quote in white text on background of people typing and a retro comic strip character.

AND THE BONUS: WRITING PROMPTS

This is such an obvious one, I almost didn’t include it. You can throw a rock at a list of blogs and probably hit one that has writing prompts. And I don’t just mean for you to use flash fiction or prose writing prompts. Poetry prompts or photography prompts will work just as well.  Here’s a post on Reedsy.com’s blog, Best Fantasy Writing Prompts, which has 107 for you to choose from. But don’t forget there’s a list of blogs and prompts they offer here on this site, Challenges/Prompts From the Blogosphere.

Of course. there are other ways to come up with ideas, but these are a few you can start with.


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5 Unexpected Ways to Inject Humor Into Your Writing

Let’s be honest, the business of being humorous can be very un-fun. Good writers make comedy seem easy and natural, but you never really know how much concentrated effort goes into each funny scene and amusing conversation. Not everyone can call on their wittiest self at the snap of their fingers — and on top of that, we don’t all appreciate the same kind of humor.

 

That said, there are some general ways to be funnier in your writing. Whether you’re composing a poem, publishing a book, or writing an article, here are five ways to flex your humor muscles! (Spoiler alert: it does not involve scrolling through endless memes and waiting for osmosis to transport all that good-natured banter into your brain.)

1. Imagine you’re talking to your funniest friend

Everyone has someone in their lives who they can always rely on for a good laugh. Or someone whose company makes them feel more comical in conversation. It’s the atmosphere that they create — relaxed, carefree, lighthearted — which brings joyful ideas into your head.

When you’re writing a humorous scene or an amusing article, try dipping your pen into that atmosphere by imagining that you, or your character, are talking to this wonderful, laid-back person. It’s a first step toward putting you at ease, and letting your inherent humor shine through! You may find the tone of your writing lightens considerably. And sometimes, even more so than momentous punchlines or top-notch puns, this can make all the difference to your readers’ experience.

Now that you’re in the right mood, let’s jump into some more specific tricks.

2. Apply the Rule of Three

I like to think that three is the magic number for almost everything — often, characters come in trios, stories happen in three acts, and meals are consumed in three courses. And in comedy, the Rule of Three is rather well-known. It dictates that when listing three things in succession, you can create a pattern with the first two and then misdirect with the last — and there you have your punchline.

You’ll catch a lot of comedians doing this on a daily basis, from John Oliver to Trevor Noah (it’ll be hard not to notice, now that the cat is out of the bag). Check out this little verse by Bill Engleson, in response to Haiku challenge 321, to see the Rule of Three at work in satirical poetry. Or watch any classic NBC comedy — again, it’ll be impossible not to notice it now!

3. Have a “wait for it” moment

With the Rule of Three, you don’t wait to deliver the punchline. But with other forms of humor, a little pause before the deciding word or phrase is an easy and useful way to deliver a bit. Given that you’re writing, rather than speaking, a “pause” of sorts can also help you set the tone and let the audience know that you’re telling a joke, without having to say so. This is something to keep in mind if you’re a naturally sarcastic writer whose humor requires a bit of context.

To do this, simply use an ellipsis (…) or an em-dash (—) to indicate a pause in speech. Remember, though, that this trick shouldn’t be overused. Not only can it disrupt the flow of the writing, but it can also make your joke seem obvious, which is not what any writer wants. There’s a fine balance to maintain when you want to appear effortlessly humorous.

4. Use words with plosives

Being funny often comes down to a single word, because apparently, some words are funnier than others. Not just because they sound made-up, like bumfuzzle or codswallop, but because they contain sounds that are supposedly more amusing. These sounds are called plosives, and are associated with letters such as b, p, d, k, t, and g. You can see how the examples I listed exhibit this phonetic quality — and how even simply replacing other letters with these might make a serious word sound more humorous. (“That’s why they call it murder and not muckduck.”)

What you can do when writing is remain mindful of plosives when picking your words. It’s a minor thing, but again, it helps to build the playful tone in your piece. Instead of searching, why not use fumbling? Instead of shocked, why not flabbergasted? Even small changes like these can make your writing sound 100% funnier.

5. Share an anecdote

You can strategically think your way through a comedic scene or paragraph, but you can also tell a hilarious story — that is, if you’ve got one that fits the theme. Stories are always a wonderful way to connect with people, so if there’s a personal experience that you found hilarious, share it in your writing!

Anecdotes are also the perfect tool for bloggers and non-fiction writers, because they inject personality into your writing. Even un-funny ones can make a great hook or introduction to an article — imagine what a genuinely funny one might do.

Those are some tips to help you set a cheery mood and inject humor into your writing, whatever the form or style. Remember to keep a light heart, not think about it too much, and always get someone to read your work before it goes live (just to make sure you’re not being too funny) — and you’ll turn out just fine.


Desiree Villena is a writer with Reedsy, a marketplace that connects authors and publishers with the world’s best editors, designers, and marketers. In her spare time, Desiree enjoys reading contemporary fiction and writing short stories. She tries her best to be funny in writing and very occasionally succeeds.

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Poetry Challenges and Prompts?

IHello Y’all,

I’m looking to participate in some poetry challenges, and writing challenges, other than my own, and thought maybe some of you could put links in the comments to your favorites. And maybe a one-sentence blurb of what it’s about. Not a necessary thing though.

The links you provide will appear on a page, Challenges/PromptsFrom the Blogsphere, at the top of my blog, as long as they are writing-related and preferably not too naughty. If they are naughty, just let me know and I can make a note by the link.

Don’t worry if someone has already put your choice in, put it anyway. That just shows me how popular it is. Also, you can give more than one challenge site.

The sites could be:

  • poetry prompts
  • writing prompt sites in general
  • Flash Fiction
  • It can be an image that is meant to inspire a written word response. (Or typed word, for you literal types.)

I would like to start doing some fiction as well. I’m editing a few books for authors now, and writing my own but need a creative brain break to do something entirely off the plot.

If you facilitate a prompt/challenge then please comment with the link and a little blurb of what it is. As few words as possible.

This will help me, who always forgets where to go, and it’ll be good for people visiting this post to find some prompt sites.

I’ll be making a page with the prompt sites you provide, and the prompt/challenge. If you can provide a small blurb of what it’s about, that would be great, but it’s not required. The site link is what is a must. With the page, we all can easily find them, or at least I can.

I’d like to start up my Friday Fiction prompt again but I would not be as involved as I was before when I was reading and critiquing each story, providing feedback, and some technical information. It’s more difficult to come up with prompts than you might think. If readers show some interest in it, I might start it up. I know of a couple of people who ended up becoming authors after participating. And no, I’m not counting you, and you know who you are. Although I want to. And technically it’s true. 😀

My two poetry prompts are:

Thanks ahead of time. And please do give some great ones.

Much Respect,

Ronovan

P.S. If you see any extra letter ‘t’s in the above, forgive me. My ‘t’ key is apparently on the way out. It is super sensitive right now a I end up with two or three ‘t’s sometimes. I had to edit three words in this P.S. message alone. 🙂



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Meet Me: A Robin Williams

Today was the day we lost a world of genius and inspiration. It inspired me to write something back then. It still applies today.

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“Suicide is called the cowards way out, the most selfish act. Suicide is the irrational, desperate scream for help of a mind that does not know what it is doing. A mind that is so deep, deep down in the bottom of a pit that light cannot pierce the veil of deceit over the mind’s eye.”-Ronovan

Robin Williams is dead. Preliminary reports say self asphyxiation is the cause. Whether this be accidental or intentional has not been hinted at, but the overwhelming thought is intentional due to his history of instability and depression.

A man full of so much in his mind that it had nowhere to go with them. A man who was so full of emotions he could not express them all. A man who was brilliant in so many ways that few new.

Some will now label him coward and selfish. To all of you I would…

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Writer’s Block Décima

This one should hit home for everyone reading this blog. Not just the poets out there. Of course this NEVER EVER NEVER happens to me. (So what if I didn’t write for 4 years.)

My Fresh Pages

Writer’s block is an artist’s mite;
Tumbleweed blowing in the wind.
The malicious blank canvas grinned,
He cocked his head, and laughed in spite.
Who transmitted this parasite?
I want my thoughts to merge and mesh,
Creating poems filled with flesh.
Who ran away with my ideas?
This has confirmed all of my fears.
I buffer when I press refresh.

In response to Ronovan Writes’ Décima Challenge #12 found here

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Haiku/Tanka Challenge (6/30/20)

I asked Clarence of PrairieChat.com to write another poem using the image from the video he shared in his Haiku for the challenges this week. And here it is.

Very nice. Give him a round of applause and a big kiss.

PrairieChat

Same picture different take

Taming open range
Man’s steel stretched mile after mile
-Wild meadowlarks sing

Barbwire strung for land’s control
Rebel sings the sweetest song

                                                   ©2020 cj holm
https://ronovanwrites.com/2020/06/29/weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-intent-thought/

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To use this word instead of that?

In recent months, the number of articles related to race and skin color has increased. Now you can add an article to capitalize a letter or not. On this blog, I supply a creative outlet for an unrestricted audience to express feelings and thoughts based on whatever theme they choose including the current protests and the riots. Thus, I share the article.

The attached article titled The Case for Capitalizing the “B” in Black is about language, and so is this blog. Our poetry is language. Our ideas are language. Every moment of our lives is language. I will share my opinion another time.

The article is not a history lesson. I mention this now because the article refers to a few historical points as they relate to the topic. I don’t want people who don’t like history not to read this.

The article is a walk through the thought processes behind the terms Negro, African American, and now Black. The reasoning for the capital “W” in white is given. The author gives unbiased telling and in someways leaves it to the reader to develop their own opinion.

I encourage you to read and learn. I’m not begging you to read the article. The author doesn’t preach in the article. You learn things, such as an origin of the “N” capitalization in Negro, and the beginning of the term African American.

The above articled mention is by Kwame Anthony Appiah, a professor of philosophy and law at New York University and the author of The Lies that Bind: Rethinking Identity, which appears in The Atlantic.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/06/time-to-capitalize-blackand-white/613159/?utm_source=pocket-newtab

 

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simple living…haiku

Hello to all my poetry-loving friends. Please visit this poets blog and love her poetry. She has been with my Haiku Challenge for years. A loyal person indeed. Show her talent some love.

To Wear A Rainbow

https://ronovanwrites.com/2020/06/22/weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-change-face/

nature’s wrath

changing the face of the earth

time to simplify living

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Décima Challenge: Sense

Read this second. It’s the second part of the haiku-decima offering by Vocabularical.

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How can you now acknowledge me?
We meet, we laugh, we chat, we work,
Oddly–your attention does irk:
Past treatment: I, the absentee…
Amaze me, protest attendee!
Raise sign and megaphone for prize!
Flaunt flashy badge: “we are allies!”
Part of me does take great offense.
Progress is pain makes poignant sense;
Past yet present: action belies…

Ronovanwrites Décima Poetry Challenge Prompt No. 10 (Sense)

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unrequited voice

Read this one first, it’s a connected to the Decima challenge poem.

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sudden selfish share:
unsolicited feelings–
unrequited voice

Ronovanwrites Weekly Haiku Challenge

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Hello

Visit this blog and do a little introduction. Oh, and the Haiku is cool too.

ToldbyHarris

Written in response to:
Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt#Challenge 310 Share&Voice

If you read this Haiku let me know in the comments what the last movie is you watched or the last book you read so I can get to know you a little better 🙂

For me The King of Staten Island was the last movie I watched and I am currently reading Dare to Lead by Brené Brown selected for a book club at work!

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Décima Challenge: Next

An amazing first Décima. Check it out.

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(My first décima! I just recently stumbled upon Ronovan Writes’ challenges and immediately set myself to task. I had never learned of this form; it is empowering to discover it is typically socially conscious in nature. This was enjoyable to write, and I intend to participate weekly–creativity permitting…you know how it is. Any and all feedback welcome!)

There are good people in this place,
Though–oftentimes I am perplexed:
Complexion seems to dictate next
Whom to embrace, or to erase…

We march ahead–fail to retrace,
Each mourning–wake–since seizing breath,
From rise to sunset, cheating death–
Still madrugada terrors haunt,
And hope, like promise, dawns its taunt–
Back progress–shun its shibboleth!

Ronovan Writes Décima Poetry Challenge Prompt No. 9: “Next”

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

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An Ode to you

Throwback Thursday. I haven’t shared a throwback before, at least I don’t remember one. This seemed appropriate considering my TO SOAR poem today.

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There are moments of peace that spread through space and time as if the finger of destiny were in control.
Sounds swirl around in a chaotic symphony to create a web of melody to nest and harbor ones soul.
For some this eye of the storm may be a calm achieved in a place of choosing and alone.
Me, I, can only attain this much desired anomaly in time and space by looking outside me to a crone.

Alone in a dark room with the sounds echoing from one wall to another and another and yet another,
I find that my only hope for survival is to rely on someone so dear whom I fear I might smother.
My irrational mind asks questions of ruin and brings images of disaster and torment.
There is never a moment, even when in happiness, I do not realize I am a fragment.

Rather…

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Decima Poetry Challenge

Please visit Clarence’s Blog and click like there.

See Clarence’s first-ever Décima Poem. He did an incredible job. But then again, he’s been writing poetry for years., and that’s just from my personal knowledge of his participating in the Haiku Challenge. A wonderful, creative curmudgeon you just can’t help but like.

PrairieChat

Fire

Late after dark city started burning
Unknown looters were running around
The people carried angry fire downtown
Hands up the crowds disappointment is churning.

Equal treatment is what they are yearning.
For too long resentment has been on hold!
For too long our stories been untold,
By men who have held power and great means.
Fire set in cities, the torch burns and cleans,
Fire burned injustice it’s our day, behold!

                                                               ©2020 cj holm

This is my first attempt at Decima Poetry. The rhyming pattern of abbaaccddc. Ronovan’s challenge was to use “Fire” in the “a” spot of the pattern. I cheated and used Fire as a topic. Decima poetry is brand new to me even though it is centuries old. (Sometimes it’s good to force a Swedish/German to learn new things.   Thank you Ronovan for the stretch!

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MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 552: OPEN AND CLOSE

I like this trio this week. Very precise in the delivery.

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MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 552: OPEN AND CLOSE

kill with open eyes

brutality boost by badge

close up cruelty

Image result for minenepolis kill and protest

world is wide open

human rights violation

close cry of cadence

Image result for human rights violation in us

sense open and close

fresh flourishing learners mind

free and predestined

See the source image

Notes:

This run of haiku/senryu is in response to Ronovan’s Poetry Prompt Challenge, with the words, OPEN & CLOSE, posted on May 25th 2020.

The pictures are copied and pasted from the web, with appreciation.

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Sanity’s edge

A first-time décima poet. Nailed it an amazing way. Go take a look, seriously.

Wibble

At times of loss, then it does seem
As though all flat is my being
Eyes open, yet nothing seeing;
Alone, I wander through a dream.

Crazed horizons: a mottled theme
Beckons me to sanity's edge.
A splintered mind; a driven wedge
Into reality's true heart
And at the last a distant part
Found clinging to a windswept ledge.

Prompt: Ronovan Writes: Decima Poetry Challenge #7: Dream

I’ve never tried a ‘decima‘ poem before. I’m not tremendously pleased with my effort: what do you think of it?

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Wand’ring Eye Décima

Ha, an excellent and true poem that connects to so many, whether they have been in this or have seen their friends in it. Nicely done.

My Fresh Pages

You took a second glance. I could
Forgive you for a wand’ring eye.
As long as you do not deny,
And just assume I’ve understood,
Given a choice, I know you would
Allow that longing, leering stare
To ricochet back to me where
It will be reciprocated.
Besides, I’ve often debated
To gaze, myself. It’s only fair.

In response to Ronovan Writes Décima Poetry Challenge Prompt No. 6 found here

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Leaving the World- My first Decima

Really liked this one. A first time Decima writer. Couldn’t tell it.

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I am joining RONOVAN’S DECIMA POETRY CHALLENGE-2.

I have never written a Decima. It is harder than it looks. I used this picture for inspiration.

Leaving the World

by JE Lillie

His Boat steers into setting hope.

The sky colors a silent song.

Beneath him plays the ocean’s throng.

He remembers when he awoke.

This child of the world could not cope.

The constant running, called to dance

To entertain the god, Finance.

He left the world against its wish.

And set off for the sea to fish.

Now he sleeps on the golden strands.

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RUIN: An animated short by Wes Ball, director of the Maze Runner movies. Awesome!

You don’t need dialogue to tell a story. You do need to know how to describe what you see in order to relay that to the reader.

  • For me, I write stream of thought to begin with. I type with my eyes closed and whatever I see, I type. Then I go back and change/polish where it will definitely be needed.
  • If you don’t think that works for you, you might try doing the same thing, but with your eyes open, and writing down bullet points for the high spots of the action, with the idea you will know/remember the in between parts.
  • If you are artistic, as in sketching or painting, then sketch the scenes out as well.

Storytelling without a single word spoken.

An animated short by Wes Ball, the director of the Maze Runner Trilogy.

If you’re not a fan of animation, this is short and a chase scene. You will forget all about the animation part as the drone starts chasing the man on the motorcycle.

The actual short is about 7 and half minutes long, with the rest being credits.

If you want to do some practice in writing an action sequence, try doing so with this video. only 7:30 long. How much time and typing could that take?

Storyline: an accurate description from IMDB user

“In a future where cities have crumbled and been reclaimed by nature we join a lone man exploring the ruins of the company Haven Nanosystems. Recovering a locked container he seems to have found what he was looking for, which is information relating to the quarantined Facility B. Unfortunately just as located by a robotic drone and the race to escape is on.” Written by bob the moo

Join author Claire Fullerton at Bloom with Tall Poppy Writers on Facebook for live chat!

I have read and reviewed two of her books and loved them. She is an amazing award winning author. If all of us not so good authors would stop clogging up the query piles of publishers and lit agents, she would be in one of the big 5 and riding higher than she is. Go to the original post on my LitWorldInterviews site and share the post everywhere and check out the chat tomorrow on facebook.