Sunday, December 22, 2013

Things to Try

If you haven't yet, may I suggest your broaden your life experience by trying some of these ideas?

1. drink half and half right out of the carton (after you've tried this, try it again and add chocolate syrup)
2. send a helium balloon to a total stranger at the hospital and sign it anonymously
3. buy wild bird food and toss it all over the ground where you don't mind if some of it sprouts
4. learn a simple new instrument
5. put cheerful stickers on your next electric bill if you still live where they need to be mailed
6. compliment the name of a telephone customer service representative
7. pay for a stranger's dinner anonymously at a restaurant
8. double the normal tip next time you eat out
9. send greeting cards to every resident at a local nursing home
10. donate free copies of your next book to a library or a school

Don't just get out of your groove, destroy your groove! Why should we live in a rut?

Write on!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

'Nother Bit of Fiction

The creature lightly flapped its delicate wings and flitted around the room, gracefully settling on the end of his toes as he wiggled them under the quilt.

"Am I dreaming?" he asked, rubbing his eyes.

"You tell me," said the fairy in a crystalline voice. Her blue curls wrapped around her forehead like a scarf. Her clothing draped and fluttered about like the garb of a ballet professional. "Am I a dream?"

"If you are, you're a right good one," he chuckled, wiping his face on the back of his arm in a vain effort to banish sleepiness.


That's all. Write on! Where can you go with this story line?

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Bit of Fiction

The witch hissed. It was unexpected, not because we didn't know her to be unfriendly, nor yet because we thought her incapable of sound. No, its unexpectedness was due to one thing. One thing only, my friend: we thought she had left for the day.

With the property vacated we thought we had the run of the woodlands for the remainder of the sun's trek from east to west. Now however, with her crooked stained teeth sneering from beneath her black and tattered scarf, we thought it good to back away and to seek shelter in an underlying bush.

Her foot started to slip. The loose rocks on that steep embankment threatened to roll her right down into the ravine. As she streaked on by I grabbed out and caught an ankle, breaking her fall. She clawed at the undergrowth, dead leaves flying up by the dozens. Screeches fled her lips.

"It's your fault! Let go of me! You're hurting my leg!"

I didn't know if it pained her more to simply be in contact with the hand of a Christian, or if it stung her pride to be helped by one. I knew I didn't want to let her fall to her death. Not because the idea of silencing her rude behavior didn't appeal to me, for it most certainly did. I wasn't letting go because her surviving daughter, the younger witch, would most certainly sue me for a wrongful death. Maybe also somewhere in the back of my head I thought she might someday be salvaged, turned into a halfway decent neighbor. I wrestled her to her feet and dragged her to the top of the cliff, my ears ringing with her protests. I set her down on the edge of the road not a hundred feet from her house. Then I turned on my heel and walked away briskly, abandoning her to her own angry howls.

Thump, thump, thump. I heard her limping after me. I stopped and unveiled a small Bible I kept hidden in my pocket. She halted, lurched, and snarled angrily like a rabid bobcat.

"Why can't you be reasonable?" I asked. "I wish you no harm. I have done you no harm. Let's live and let live. Can't we?"


Write on! Use any of this. No copyrights here!

Thursday, December 12, 2013


Ever think up more interesting labels for the things you commonly use every day?

Pickles = green edibles in a bottle
Soda = bubbly effervescent sweet stuff
Dog = four footed furry friendly one
Sofa = end of day resting place
Blanket = warmth increasing insulator
Pencil = wood encased carbon scribbler

Can you think of more?

Write on!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Inspirational Sneaky Tricks

1. Put your real life enemy, carefully disguised, into the story, and bring about a comeuppance for him or her.

2. Elevate someone whom you think in real life possesses virtue to the level of hero, queen, or magician in your plane of myth and fantasy. Again, make sure either the person is okay with you doing this or you have very cleverly disguised him or her so that he or she can't guess about whom you are speaking.

3. Long lost love? Lost friend? Deceased pet? Honor them or resurrect them and plant them firmly in your tale to exist again and anew in the minds of your readers.

Or you could modify these steps and have your mortal enemy defeated by your virtuous hero with the help of your resurrected pet. Or your long lost friend found by the queen with the help of your mortal enemy who turns out begrudgingly to need something he or she can only obtain with your cooperation. Maybe he or she can even turn into a friend in your tale, as happens often in my favorite holiday stop motion animated classics.

Listen carefully to the most important secret sneaky trick of all. You ready? Here it is.


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Past Failures, Present Successes

Did you ever find a lost object by looking all over till you discovered its location? You could rightly say you found it by identifying all the places where it wasn't. The same is true with your writing. If something fails, tweak it and send it back out again. It may succeed. Most of all, take note of why you think it failed so your tweaks will become more effective.

Some of the best known stories in the world were classed as failures at their first reading, either by editors or by well meaning friends. Since this site is copyright free I will not mention any names, but the point is this: Never give up.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Writing Poorly to Write Well

Sometimes it's good exercise to write something silly and easy just to get in a little extra wordsmithing practice. Here's an example:

"The bouncing birds, black of wing, hardly ever stop to sing.
Rolling bears, round of paws, snuffle with enormous jaws.
When the mountains rose above, hearts aflame with blazing love,
Climbed the peaks with boots to grip
Past the rising freezy slip."

Nonsense! Foolish silly stuff. But it thaws the writer's block so you can get on with what you really want to do.

And what is that? Do you know what you want to do?

Okay, now do it!

Write on!

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