Tuesday, November 30, 2010
There are only 4 words in the English language that begin with dw. Write at least 10 very different sentences using at least 3 of the dw words in each sentence in different ways (obviously changing tenses and forms as you wish).
Inspired by #88 in Unjournaling: Daily Writing Exercises that Are NOT Personal, NOT Introspective, NOT Boring! by Dawn DiPrince and Cheryl Miller Thurston.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
|Bigger at Motifake|
Let them be blissfully thankful today. Because all those things they're thankful for are their weaknesses and tomorrow you will have Fate and the bad guy take them all away <eg>.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
|Adoptabots by Brian Marshall|
What knowledge would their creator not want them to have? What would this forbidden portal to knowledge be? What would it look like to them?
Who would want to tempt them to take the knowledge and why? What form would the tempter take?
Their knowledge of the world would be only what their creator allowed them to have. Some artificial intelligence research involves giving robots some rudimentary goals and an understanding of how to explore. This allows them to build their own understanding of their world, refining it as they learn from the results of what they try. So what would their view of their world be? What understanding would they have of their creator? If they were to record their story of how they were kicked out of or escaped from robot paradise how would it read? What misconceptions would they have in their understanding of their creator and his or her motives and of robot paradise?
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
- Your character gets defensive, edgy, paranoid. Maybe for good reason.
- Do you believe in justice? If so, who is not getting their fair share of bad karma? Even the scales by doing something unfortunate to the character that has suffered the least.
- Which character, if killed, would really mess up this whole situation? I know, they are too important to kill off. But due to pressing family problems, they could leave indefinitely.
- One of your antagonists is or becomes very wealthy. How will they use this against you?
- Peer pressure [or hazing] is fun, especially when it convinces your character to shoplift, tresspass or go naked.
- An assumed name, identity, role: someone is not who they are pretending to be.
- Tomorrow morning your character rolls over and sees the fruit of last night's mistake on their pillow...more interesting: maybe they don't regret it. [The original said "sleeping on their pillow" but leaving it out opens up the possibilities! :-D]
These are from Random Plot Points where there lots of random ways to muck up your plot. :-)
Monday, November 15, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Now try putting the character in a situation they don't feel comfortable in. How would a stranger describe them?
Labels: character development
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
|Pointing by Marcus Ranum|
Lizzy enters the virtual reality world and the doors lock behind her for the duration. Then she realizes she's in the wrong novel, she's in a fantasy genre instead. And she's trapped with characters incapable of realizing the genre has shifted.
Feel free to randomize the two genres Lizzy ends up in.
(The subgenre list is from AllBookstores).
Here's some that caught my attention as I was randomizing:
- Monastic (Mystery) -- Spicy (Romance)
- English Country House (Mystery) -- Space Travel (Scifi Fantasy)
- Glitz and Glamor (Romance) -- Psychological (Horror)
- Vengance (Western) -- Regency (Romance)
- Gothic (Horror) -- Fairy Tales (Scifi Fantasy)
- Husband and Wife (Mystery) -- Wild Frontiers (Scifi Fantasy)
Idea from Teresa Schultz-Jones's Nano.
Friday, November 05, 2010
Thursday, November 04, 2010
So ... onto the prompt. Use the following phrases in sentences. (If you can't make the phrase work, feel free use the words individually.)
blood sweat tears
arrow smith (or aero if you can make it work)
nine inch nails
alien ant farm
them crooked vultures
screaming monkey boners
faith no more
If you'd like some more: Part I.
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
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the caption at the bottom so it doesn't constrain your ideas).
The people are panicking but not attacking anyone. Do they know they'll eventually be okay or have their violent reactions been suppressed?
The people in brown, green and blue seem exceedingly calm. They obviously know what's going on but also seem certain the cow people won't attack them. Why?
Are they creating the cow people or curing them? What do they intend to do with these cow people or what caused them to become like this?
What will they do with all the mini cows?