Monday, October 31, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The pumpkins' revenge

They've been stabbed, mauled, made to display bizarre faces until they rot, smashed to bits on pavement as the perpetrators run off in glee.

This year the pumpkins have plotted their revenge.

Some other not-for-school (eg, not bland) Halloween prompts:

Figment's Fright 'N Write (Also a contest. Closes, of course, on 31st.)
More Halloween Writing Prompts from BellaOnline
Special: Halloween Writing Prompts

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

On the 13th day before Hall'ween

On the 13th day before Hall'ween, my dead love gave to me ....

Continue the song from there.

Or perhaps the 13 days following Halloween as the treats become increasingly less savory.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Deviant SWAMP

Deviantly describe the scene without using the names of the objects.

Don't use water or tree. Dig into what objects look and feel like rather than telling what they are.

Capture the senses' experience. What does it feel like to your whole body? What does it sound like. What does it smell like? Taste like?

Go further and find a mood or personality of the place and let those inspire the descriptive words you choose.

Try unexpected adjectives and vivid verbs. For example, svelt, sleek, oozing, crouching aren't words normally associated with places, but can create fresh images.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Voyage of the Rock Aliens

Create 2-3 sequel titles for each of the following.

(Yes, they're real movie titles, but don't let reality interfere with you're imagination!)

Voyage of the Rock Aliens
Wife Versus Secretary
Windmills of the Gods
Valley of the Dolls
The Unsinkable Molly Brown
To Sleep with Anger
Tigers in Lipstick
Discovery of Television Among the Bees
Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise
The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe

And a couple more "Rock Aliens" my daughter stumbled across: Visitors and Rockets. Definitely a Lost in Space influence (and LiS influences) going on in both bands :-)

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Camo kittehs

Camo kittehs.
Theyz in ur hous. Hidin in plain sites. Watchin yuz.

What is their purpose? Why are they undercover? Have they integrated into every home in the world? Or is that their long range plan?

Are they chameleons or do they need to seek out a home with a spot compatible with their fur?

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Get some whispers for your plot before NaNoWriMo starts

October will be done before you know it and National Novel Writing Month will be here!

While there's no need to plan your novel beforehand -- I've written several of my NaNos beginning with the vaguest of ideas -- you are alllowed to plan if you want to. And if you've thoroughly explored flying by the seat of your pants and want to try plotting, Martha Alderson has a nice series of *short* videos on plotting, just enough to get through before November arrives :-)

The first series of videos, "Step -by-Step How-To Plan and Plot a Novel, Memoir, Screenplay", has 27, each about 5 minutes long. They're all available at the Martha Alderson channel on YouTube. (Scroll all the way to the bottom on the right.)

She just started a second series of videos, "Plot Series 2", (the ones you just scrolled past at the top of her channel), where she discusses plot while referring to examples in a different novel each month. (It doesn't seem necessary to read the book to get something out of what she's saying.) The videos come out each week so won't be done before November.

She has a website, Blockbuster Plots, The Plot Whisperer blog, and The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master book that just came out.

Monday, October 03, 2011

SHOE deviancies


.~          How does one Deviantly Describe?          ~.

Short version ...
From the given mundane, snoozer of a word, generate as many different-from-each-other descriptions as you can. (Set a timer for 10-15 minutes if you wish.)

Longer version ...
Is preserved at the HOME of the first Deviant Description.