Creating a plot

Crafting a plot for a story can be one of the most interesting/ frustrating/ exciting parts of any writer’s experience because the plot can be anything. A prospect that is both limitless and limited. As soon as you start writing then the structure appears and as a writer you are painting the broad strokes before you colour in between the lines.

There is just as much advice out there about plot as there is about creating a character. I went to university hoping to learn as much about my ability to create a story from scratch as anything else. In the end, in my experience, what I learned is this

If you are in love with what you write, then it will be right.

Beyond the basic beginning, middle and end a plot is a contained reality. It is a map to how your character gets from A to Z within the story. It is crafted by a writer who cares enough to follow the plot through to it’s conclusion regardless of the bumps in the road.

I have found that planning, even if it is a few words scribbled into a notebook before you throw yourself in headfirst, is always a good idea. Jotting down a few steps of your plot can prove to be useful at this stage. Planning isn’t about setting yourself limits and losing creativity. It’s about having a starting point so that if your characters fall off a cliff for no good reason you can go back to the beginning and try to figure out where the plot took a wrong turn.

I don’t believe that my planning would make sense to anyone other than myself when I am about to begin a brand new story. It doesn’t stop me from sharing with fellow writers though because, there are times when an idea doesn’t make complete sense to me until I’ve talked about it. I can fill in a lot of gaps in my plot if I have someone who is willing to listen and offer a suggestion if I’m obviously, desperately scrambling for an answer. I have only once tried to plan a story chapter by chapter and I’ve never finished the plan. I didn’t find it easy by any means to break it down to that level of detail before I’d started writing the actual story but that is personal preference. I like being surprised by a turn in the plot as I’m writing and a character does something that only makes sense once the words are down on the page. A broad scope of what I am aiming to achieve is a more common start for me.

I’m not strict about starting at the very beginning of a story because if it’s not working then I have to be okay with changing it or I won’t be comfortable with writing the rest of the story at all. However, I do like to at least have an opening line that I’m happy with. I also seem to remember I once had a strong idea for the ending of a story but I could never quite figure out how the characters had all reached that point. A task for another day.

I sometimes struggle with worrying that my plots are not complex enough or that they are too complex. The worry can sometimes make a plot even more messy. In moments when I become so anxious about it that I put down my pen or walk away from the keyboard there are stories out there that can seem simple in regards to plot but if the writing is good then it can be a big reminder. Everyone gets nervous or anxious about trying to do something new. I know that I’m capable of crafting a plot that I can be proud of and even when it’s hard to remember that, there will always be another idea. Another reason to write again.

Creating a character

Thinking about the first steps of writing a fictional story, when it comes to creating a character there are a lot of different ways that you can begin.

When I look back and break down a story (from a writing perspective because reading is a different mind-set) there are three facets which stand out the most to me:

  • Plot
  • Characters
  • Setting

The writing process should blend it all together until there are no inconsistencies for a reader to pick up on. Losing track of a story because the details don’t add up isn’t something that most readers welcome.

It is very, very rare for my first thought about a character to be their name. It’s probably the most flexible part of the process for me because I’ve been known to change the name of a main character up to eleven times before making a final choice. Refusing to change a character’s name just because it wasn’t the first name that I thought of can completely halt the creative process in my experience. Flexibility can go a long way.

More often than not, I’ll begin with a physical or mental trait, e.g. red hair or stubbornness.

After deciding on a defining trait or two I’ll usually turn to the dialogue and write a few lines just to see if I’m comfortable writing for that character. Writing a character’s ‘voice’ is a bit of a skill because the dialogue of a historical romance will always differ from a gritty detective novel and so forth. It takes practice and reading dialogue out loud whether it’s a novel or a script is a good tip. If it sounds natural as you speak then a reader shouldn’t be torn rudely from the flow of the story. I have also never met a group of writers who can completely agree upon whether or not you should write in ‘accents’ so the best advice I’ve heard is to go with the pattern you’re most comfortable with. Practice helps.

For the majority of the time, I will drop a character into a scene after knowing nothing more than these few details. I’ve decided on a name just before introducing them and I’ve also written paragraphs before mentioning their name. However, I’ve usually figured out their name before the end of the first page. If this isn’t the case and I have trouble finding a name, then considering whether or not the character is working within the confines of the story is always an option.

Deciding whether you want to avoid stereotypes or play them up is what every writer must consider, especially once they know the genre of their tale. If you take any kind of class/ read any book about creative writing, then you’re bound to come across the terms ‘round’ or ‘flat’ when it’s referring to the creation of characters. A ‘round’ character should be complex and have multiple facets of a personality whereas a ‘flat’ character is much less complicated and usually lacks flaws.

Every character should have a purpose, a reason for being in the story/scene/etc.
As a storyteller you are essentially trying to convince a reader that whatever you’ve written is true. It doesn’t matter what genre or form it takes because a writer is working in the realms of turning disbelief into belief.

Being able to tell if a character will work out or not can be instinctual but, in my experience, if you keep finding more reasons to follow the character through the story then you are onto a good streak.

 

 

Yesterday I was lucky to find two free booklets in my local bookshop that contained excerpts of stories that are due to be published later this year.

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Finding inspiration in music

Yesterday I went to see Baby Driver in the cinema (no spoilers, I swear) and the soundtrack had me thinking about the music I listen to when I’m writing.

I’m a CD kind of girl. I like being able to physically see the music I own and I don’t have the space or money to be into vinyl or anything like that (I also don’t really have the space for a lot of CD’s which is why I have to really consider what I buy but I am great at finding bargains). So, I definitely have albums and tracks that I listen to more than others. My mp4 player gets used more when I’m travelling than anything else but sitting down to write at the computer gets a little difficult without having my headphones plugged in because I get distracted. I can’t remember the last time I ever tried to put together something resembling an actual playlist. I’m just as happy listening to jazz as I am listening to folk or rock.

There are tracks that I’ll hear and they’ll sometimes inspire a piece of writing.

Occasionally, listening to an instrumental piece is the only way to go because it is likely to provide fewer distractions. My first creative writing assignment at university was written in one hour while I was listening to Beethoven’s diabelli variations. I’d been reading City Of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte at the time. The actual book wasn’t what I’d originally expected after borrowing it from the library but it was clever. I found the classical music pieces mentioned interesting enough to look up, partly because they weren’t the obvious choices which was good. The diabelli variations were the perfect length for me to write a long piece and it was new enough to me that any minor distractions were less interesting so I kept my focus.

I’ve always liked books that mention music. I own a copy of a book from when I was about fourteen called Audrey, Wait! that is all about a girl who has a hit song written about her and then her life is heavily affected by the sudden public interest. There’s a lot of bands mentioned in the book as well as general references to the music industry. When I bought it, by the end of the year it looked practically second hand because I’d read it so many times.

I know that some authors share about their playlists after they’ve written a particular book and I’ve found some great band recommendations thanks to this kind of sharing. Author’s blogs are a great place to look for this sort of thing.

Finding new songs/albums can go a long way to kick starting the inspiration process if I’m struggling for new ideas and at the moment the albums I seem to have been listening to the most are:

Astoria by Marianas Trench
DNCE by DNCE
Death Of A Bachelor by Panic! At The Disco

As for music that’ll inspire my next piece of writing, well, I think I’m in the mood to hear something eclectic and new to me. Looking up the tracks on the soundtrack for Baby Driver might be the next good place to start with.

 

 

Also, I was in York at the weekend and found this collection of stories for a great price.

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I’ve read Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl series as well as different works such as, And Another Thing… which was his contribution to the Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy series by the amazing Douglas Adams so, I’m very familiar with Colfer’s work. I think that it’ll be interesting to see the kind of stories that he’s collected from other Irish authors and the illustrations by P. J. Lynch look wonderfully detailed.

Love to write

I remember writing a short story at primary school. I must’ve only been about six or seven at the time and it was a little creative story about a girl making friends with the monster who lived in her wardrobe (believe it or not, this was before the film Monsters Inc was released) and then she had to move house so she was sad because she was leaving her friend behind.

Apparently, I’ve never been the ‘write what you know’ kind of writer because I’ve lived in the same house for all of my life.

Anyway, as a result of writing this story I was sent around to other classrooms in the school to show off the work and I was very happy/embarrassed to be acknowledged in this way. Everyone was proud and encouraging and that’s probably the earliest, clearest memory I have about writing an original story.

Years later, when I went to university, in one of my first classes we were asked to answer some questions related to why we wanted to study English. I believe that one of the questions was related to our first memory of writing because, when I was asked to share I told the story that I’ve just told you.

The tutor implied that the idea of sharing a story in that way, at that age, would’ve put them off creative writing. I can understand why. It can be difficult to share something that you’ve worked hard on and, especially when you’re younger, any encouragement or negativity is a big concept. Yet, I was never put off and it kind of surprised me at the time to hear the tutor imply this.

I’ve always been grateful that I’ve been gently encouraged in my writing. There was never any pressure placed on me by anyone but myself when it came to the writing I wanted to do. I have lots of memories of writing stories, like when I was ten and the adventure story I wrote in class was about six pages longer than it needed to be (I wish I could remember if I ever actually finished it).

The way I write or the way I treat my writing might change sometimes but what doesn’t change is the fact that I love it. It genuinely makes me happy to be writing. I chose to study at university purely because I loved to write.

Writing as a career wasn’t necessarily something that I always wanted to pursue from the beginning. Although I loved stories, when I was younger it just never occurred to me that it was an option.

There was a single book that made me wonder if I could write stories for a living. I reckon that I was about ten years old at the time when I first read ‘The Fire Within’ by Chris D’Lacy.

For the record, no matter what age you are, I thoroughly recommend this book.

It is beautiful.

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In the book the main character is just starting university and had no intention of becoming a writer but, along the way, he finds a reason to write a short, creative story for the first time in his life. Finding this character who found a reason to write made a big impact on me at the time. At the time I thought ‘this is the kind of story I want to be able to write’.

That was a very big thought for someone with only ten years of life experience but, looking at that book now, it’s still my response to this day.

‘The Fire Within’ is so wonderfully creative. As you might be able to tell from the slightly tattered edges of the book in the photo it’s been read many times by more than just me over the past decade. It fits into the category of ‘low fantasy’ which is a term I came across recently and love because it’s basically the world we know but anything can happen, you can stretch the limits of reality until they break, and that it is a wonderful, limitless world to work with for any writer.

I write because I want to. There is no end goal. On the contrary, I hope that I will always find new reasons to write. Pursuing something that you love, that makes you happy, is the best reason to do anything. Writing makes me happy and I’m lucky to be making continuing good memories about what I love.

Comic Books

As a kid and a teenager I was never into comic books.

It wasn’t until I was at university that I bought my first comic book.

It wasn’t entirely on a whim because I’d looked at it in the bookshop about five times beforehand (As much as I love to look, I tend to consider what I’m buying very carefully because I have limited space on my bookshelves).

I was already a bit of a fan of Deadpool. I like anti-heroes because they’re complex characters and they’re motivations are interesting. Previously, I’d read things online and I was drawn to the Marvel Universe because of what I already knew, but I’d never read a complete storyline before.

For my first comic, it was probably about 3-4 years ago when I bought ‘Deadpool Volume 5: Wedding of Deadpool’ – I went back and bought the first four later – and I remember reading the whole story the day that I bought it. I liked the style of the artwork and the story was funny with an interesting plot. It wasn’t difficult to read at all (even though I was missing some plot details from the earlier editions) and I was 100% right about being interested in the character of Deadpool.

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Now, I can name a lot more of the characters on the cover than when I first bought it but that wasn’t intentional. I simply bought the comic because it was the most interesting book I’d seen at the time.

I ended up buying all of the Deadpool comics in that particular series. Buying them all was interesting because I’d caught up before the final edition of the series was released and I was genuinely excited to read the finale of the story arc. It was the same sort of feeling to waiting for a new novel to be released by a favourite author but I knew that I’d finish the comic quickly. Reading a comic for the first time is a fleeting experience but knowing that didn’t really change my excitement in waiting for ‘Deadpool Volume 8: All Good Things’. I just had to make the most of that first read-through.

The majority of comics that I now own feature Deadpool but ‘Hawkeye – Volume 1: My Life As A Weapon’ was a birthday present that I was thrilled with. I love how crazy things just seem to happen around Clint Barton and there was a lot of drama as well as action packed in. I liked the pace of the Hawkeye comic that kept me flipping the pages without pause.

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After this, I felt lucky when I found the comic Hawkeye VS Deadpool because it was definitely a combination of two of my Marvel characters in a storyline that was just so very them. It was complete chaos, of course, but it was a brilliant collaboration at the same time.

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Branching out after my first few Deadpool comics was varied and I really didn’t have a research process or anything when I was deciding what was going to come home with me.

When it came to the ‘Loki: Agent of Asgard’ trilogy I just knew I had to have it after picking up the first one as I was browsing the shelf. I wanted to know the story, how Loki had reached the point that he was at and why, from the very first page as I glanced in it while I was in the shop.

Any details I didn’t know from other series that impacted on Loki’s story I just had to pick up from what I was reading in that particular short comic series. Like Deadpool, I find Loki an interesting character. With his many incarnations and complicated story lines he’s a character with a lot of depth. I like the amount of conflict packed into the pages where he’s featured.

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The last comic I bought was ‘The Unbelievable Gwenpool Volume 1: Believe It’ which was a bit different despite it’s definite Marvel vibe but, I suppose that’s to be expected when characters are crossing dimensional boundaries. This comic was quite the wild ride. I must admit that I liked the parts featuring Dr Stephen Strange who I’m used to popping in and out of stories that I’ve read, since that I’ve not read any comics strictly centred around him yet.

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I do admit that I’m partial to the Marvel Universe whereas my sister is more likely to buy D.C. Comics. She likes the Harley Quinn comics and temporary swapping between us isn’t out of the question because we’re not totally opposed to the other franchise but it doesn’t happen a lot. Really, we’re more likely to chat about them than read them separately.

I try to restrain myself when buying comics because I really, really do not have the space for a lot of them but there are still editions that I want. ‘Deadpool: Dracula’s gauntlet’ is definitely one of them because I’d love to get the full story of how he met Shiklah in the first place. ‘Star Wars: Poe Dameron Volume 1 Black Squadron is another which would be my first Star Wars comic.

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A small section of my bookshelf. Little Lego Deadpool was a gift from my best friend 🙂

 

 

Story Cubes

At Christmas in 2015 one of my presents was a set of Rory’s Story Cubes.

At that point I had looked at them before in the shop as a tool for creative writing but I’d never used them or bought them myself.

You can check out the full story of the cubes and how else they can be used on their very colourful website if you wish, https://www.storycubes.com/

My pack of nine cubes show 54 pictures that relate to ‘voyages’ which was a pretty good choice for me. I must admit that I love the small, and portable, box that the cubes come in.

What is slightly less positive for me to admit is that I haven’t actually used them until today. I wanted to use them but they got put on the shelf and I just didn’t pick them up again. So, I figured that my blog was a great opportunity for me to give them a go and start a story from scratch using them. The idea is that you roll all nine dice and the picture you see first is what you should start to write about.

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The part that took the longest might’ve been coming up with a character name before I’d even started rolling the dice. It’s been longer than I thought since I started with a name for a character rather than a personality trait or an opening line.

I’m going to use nine of the dice to write part of a new story because you get nine in the set so I thought that it was a good starting number. Once I’d settled on the details of Morgan Swift who is female I turned to the dice and told a story.

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There were great ships, but none were more feared than the October.

There were also ships that didn’t quite reached these lofty heights and Morgan belonged to a crew of unknown repute.

The Kipper (an unfortunate spelling mistake as it was supposed to be The Ripper and it was not noticed until it had been seen by many. The name stuck) was no small ship but as a fairly new crew they were scrambling for recognition.

That afternoon, Morgan would’ve settled for a decent meal and the repair of the flag before they set sail once again as an unfortunate tear made it look as if their skeleton had lost it’s head.

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The rest of the crew weren’t really in higher spirits but as the captain stepped out onto the deck they scurried to their stations and their duties without a murmur when they saw her scowl.

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The engine had been fixed but being stuck in any Sky Port in the North was no one’s idea of a good time. Certain parts of land and sea could provide a fruitful payday if you knew where to look and you could withstand the frigid weather but the Sky Ports were always filled with people who wanted to be somewhere else.

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Fitting the telescoped to her eye, Morgan watched from a distance as the Authorities swarmed the ports. As usual they’d left just in time to avoid trouble.

Regardless of whether the trouble was their fault or not, the captain’s mood would not be improved. No one who was voted a pirate captain could avoid attention for very long but their captain seemed to be particularly put out that she’s not yet found her way into the spotlight.

She turned away from the port and the captain caught her eye. Time for a word with the boss.

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After an eventful conversation with the captain, Morgan made her way below deck. The engine room was only occupied by one crew member which was pretty typical for the Kipper. Tori was inspecting every little corner in another check to make sure that the engineers of the Sky Port hadn’t touched anything she’d not wanted them to.

The engine room had been Tori’s domain for five long years and she was still unhappy that she’d not been able to do the repairs herself.

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Nobody would’ve previously guessed that a snake could’ve some so much damage.

They’d never seen Tori so violent before.

The captain hadn’t yet told Kit what had happened to his pet.

They were all hoping for a distractions before that conversation became necessary and Morgan was sure that any future pets wouldn’t be given the full run of the ship again.

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Now that they’d set sail once again most of the crew were, obviously, hoping to go after treasure. Shiny trinkets were a classic commodity but Morgan (and Tori) were just happy to be sailing again.

Plus, the lengthy stopover in a port where everyone was eager to finish their business as soon as possible meant that the merchants were happy to sell everything and anything that they could get their hands on. Decent meals were definitely in their near future for a while.

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Once Tori noticed that Morgan was watching her she held up a slightly tattered magazine excitedly, “Have you seen this? They’re building ships which can sail underwater.”

“Why would you want to sail underwater?”

“Because we can! Imagine all of the shipwrecks from centuries ago which were full of gold.”

The thought of buried treasure wasn’t totally unappealing.

“How would you get the treasure to the surface?”

“They’ll figure something out and then…”

“We’ll steal it?”

Tori glared but she didn’t exactly disagree. She’d managed to persuade an old friend to let her borrow a couple of pieces of ship that were supposedly designed to last underwater and if her own experiments didn’t work then she knew that stealing it was an option.

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Tori gestured to the map pinned against the wall, “So, where are we going?”

“Captain wants us to turn south. She’s not keen on the weather here. She told me to point out the open invitation to…”

Tori pulled a knife from her belt and tossed it at the southern hemisphere, “We’re going that way. The captain’s reunion can wait.”

Morgan sighed, “Fine, but you can tell her. I’m more involved than I want to be as it is.”

Smirking, Tori turned back to her instruments, “Shouldn’t have saved her life then.”

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That was kind of fun. My mind immediately jumped to airships when I saw the cogs so the jump to a high fantasy genre was slightly unexpected but it was an interesting challenge.

It wasn’t necessarily easy to write using the dice. I had to stop and really think a couple of times as to what I was going to write next, but overall I liked the exercise.

 

 

A little while ago Cara, who wrote a great guest blog post for me: Patronus VS Spirit Animal invited me to return the favour by taking part in one of her video blogs. We chatted for quite a while about the Harry Potter movies and she posted the video yesterday on YouTube Pottercast: What The Films Did Better Than The Books.

For my first experience in video blogging I thought that it was great. We had a great topic and it was a lot of fun. I’m glad that Cara asked me to be a guest.

More than one way to tell a story.

There are a lot of different ways to tell a story.

If you’re lucky to have a talent then your creativity needn’t be limited to just one format. Personally, I might love the written word but I’ve spent more time lately crafting cards (a hobby shared by my mother and my sister so it’s nice for us to craft together), I’ve got a box frame just waiting to be painted and I like to cross-stitch.

A lot of the people I know have several creative pursuits other than writing – one friend began to learn how to knit which is a skill I haven’t managed to get the hang of, another friend crochets and I have a friend who does some beautiful glass engraving (You can see some of her work on her own blog here kateelizabethfrenchblog.wordpress.com).

I like to throw myself into projects and there are a lot of creative ways to channel that impulse but, sometimes, I don’t set out with the idea of ‘I’m going to create this’. Sometimes, like last Friday, I can be sat in front of the television and I will just start doodling in the margins of a page with my pen. Then, a story might emerge and I might do something with it or I might share it or I leave the idea to stew for a bit (It’s the ideas that have been stewing for years where I need to turn up the heat).

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I love stories and it doesn’t take a lengthy novel for a narrative to be worth telling.

I think that art is a great medium for storytelling, particularly because it is so incredibly varied.

Shortly after I started university my sister recommended a particular webcomic to me. It was more her sort of thing than mine but I started reading it and I found it funny, then interesting and I suppose that it didn’t really take me to long to get a little bit hooked. For a weekly four-panel piece of art and short speech the story that began to unfold was, though I didn’t realise it at first, exactly what I needed and wanted to be reading at the time.

I like the overall story but I also have my favourite sections. One of these is Chapter 12. It’s almost a side-story, a tale which one of the main character’s Lillian tells to her roommates, Roomie, Richard and Ramona.

Lillian tells the story of the ‘Knight in Furs’ and the artwork alone is completely gorgeous. The story begins at the start of Chapter 12 and if you’d like to merely read through from there then I think that is great. The characters have a little break during the story so, if you’d just like to read the ‘Knight in Furs’ story then you should read from the first link to the page titled The Voice Echoed  before picking up the story again here at Light The Way and finishing with The Beginning. I promise that the story is worth reading and it’s such a beautiful format.

The character Lillian states that it’s a story she read with a few twists of her own and that comic led me to reading the original story myself.

The original story The Knight in Rusty Armour by Robert Fisher can be read, totally for free and it’s a light-hearted story that contains some pretty deep-meaning truths. The tale itself is rather charming for a short story and I love it for its honesty.

I’m making this recommendation today for a few reasons.

Firstly, this month is #pridemonth and GGAR is the first inclusive, LGBT+ webcomic that I personally fell in love with.

Secondly, I was going through my documents on the computer and found the PDF for The Knight in Rusty Armour which, I believe, I have saved to most of my electronic devices.

I hope, if you’re compelled to read Chloé C’s artistic version or Robert Fisher’s story that you enjoy them or that you at least find them interesting.

Writing prompts

When it comes to kick starting the writing process I know plenty of people who like to use writing prompts.

There are a lot of different ways to find prompts – short ideas designed to give you a starting point. There are accounts on Tumblr that frequently post short or long writing prompts and I’ve done group exercises before when one person makes a suggestion on each turn so that we can all write our own version of a story using the prompt. Obviously this is only a couple of examples of how you can get started with finding your own writing prompts.

Beginning a piece of writing isn’t the same for everyone of course. In our own online writing group there are people who love writing prompts and other writers who don’t like that method of writing.

If a writing prompt catches my eye then I’m usually happy to write at least a little bit on the subject. Sometimes it’s about keeping in practice and at other times it is just because an idea was too good to resist. For example, I was scrolling through Tumblr the other day when I saw this as a writing prompt, ‘Do you want to live forever?’ and I started writing a short piece immediately:

Do you want to live forever?

It was idle curiosity that made me pick up the leaflet. You know what its like. Sitting in the waiting room of the local doctors surgery is hardly the most interesting thing that you’re ever going to do. There’s reading material everywhere. Even if most of it’s not particularly interesting your eyes still tend to wander.

It honestly didn’t look like much but, I was bored enough to pick up the purple and yellow leaflet. Sickly yellow and purple, by the way, is not a colour scheme I would recommend. All that was written on the front was ‘Do you want to live forever?’

I don’t know what I expected. Whatever it was, it wasn’t what I got.

If I ever find out who it was that actually left that leaflet in that waiting room – we’re going to have words. Strong ones.

 

It might not be much but, I like the intrigue. If I wanted to write more, using what I’ve got then I figure that expanding on what I already have would make an interesting piece. Writing prompts can be pretty subjective but they can also lead to great flash fiction pieces or they can lead you on to a much bigger idea if you’re lucky.

A fellow writer posted this prompt to our writing group the other day and I think that it’s an interesting one to write for if you’re looking for a prompt at the moment.

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Writing prompts don’t completely take away my desire to have a really good session of brainstorming with like-minded people. I love the process of throwing out ideas and seeing if anything sticks but, writing a short piece just because I liked what I read is good for passing the time and for testing my own writing limits because there’s not really any boundaries once you’ve jumped from the initial idea.

…Worth a thousand words

We were pretty lucky with the weather today. It was dry, bright and warm.

So, I borrowed a camera and went outside.

I’m no professional photographer by any means but I think that spring is a great time to take photographs.

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First rose in the garden. 24/05/2017

There’s a small green space in front of the house with two big trees and I liked the way that the light was coming through the branches.

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As soon as you step outside of the door you can smell the clematis that grows along the fences of our neighbours’ gardens. It’s almost a sweet, honey-like smell.

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My next-door neighbour has some lovely potted plants including aquilegia, also known as ‘grannies bonnet’.

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We also have aquilegia in our garden but in different colours.

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As well as the two big trees that have been in front of our house since before I was born, there is another younger horse chestnut tree and I love the pattern on the leaves.

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There are a lot of daises.

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After spending some time outside in the front garden I had a look in the back and managed to photograph what I think is a young great tit bird who wasn’t co-operative enough to let me capture much more than it’s head or tail.

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It was really nice to do something a little bit different today and to spend some time outside.

A picture is worth a thousand words

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