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Blog Prompt for May 2017

I will be posting regular blog prompts for those who enjoy writing but find it difficult to come up with something to write about for their blog.

I haven’t decided to do this weekly or monthly, so for now, it will be monthly and we will see how many participate, how this idea is received.

MayPrompt 2017

My answer:

For myself, my choice of drink depends on when I’m writing. If in the morning or through the day, I drink coffee with sugar-free Hazelnut creamer.

If at night, I sip a mix of Rum, diet seven up, with a splash of V8 splash juice added. It tastes like punch…but has a punch. Get it? I call it- Splish Splash.

I write better at night, with alcohol, because it quiets the inner editor and the muse delights in having a party.

Winking smile

If you wrote about this prompt, add a link back to your post in comments below, or just add a comment with a link back to your blog.

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Writing Tip: The Pomodoro Technique

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I found this neat page at the WriteToDone.com web site that explains using the Pomodoro Technique to get your book finished.

The Pomodoro Technique is a productivity method using time increments to get the necessary work done in a set amount of time. This also provides breaks in the activity, believed to improve clarity and productivity.

Pomodoro comes from the Italian word “pomodori’, meaning tomato. Remember those kitchen timers that look like tomatoes? Of course, any timer will do.

The concept is simple; set the timer for 25 minutes and write. In these bursts of creativity and productivity, you get your work done. If you can find the 25 minute block of time, you can do this.

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Writer Wednesday: Procrastinating Writers

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I can’t say I’m a procrastinating writer as much as I’m a procrastinator. Its nice to know there are blogs out there dedicated to helping those with this affliction. Winking smile

Procrastinating Writers site offers tons of posts on advice and resources for writers. Topics cover motivation, creativity, and inspiration; all vital elements for the would-be author.

Here are some posts I enjoyed;

Break your writing into manageable pieces.

A simple tool every writer needs to know about.

Setting a writing appointment is an effective way to get writing done.

Add your comments, ideas, or links you feel are worthy to share to other writers.

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Chased by zombies

I homeschool and I write, which doesn’t give me much of an active life. I own a cattle dog, so you’d think that alone would offer me something of activity to burn calories and be fit. Alas, no. I’m also lazy.

I have plans on getting this Iphone app entitled Zombies! Run! The concept intrigues me;

zombiesrunThe goal of the game is to rebuild civilization after a zombie apocalypse. To do this, you actually have to go out and run around in the real world where you can collect ammo, medicine, batteries, and spare parts that will let you build up and expand your base. You’ll get clues, orders, and stories through your headphones. You can even pretend you’re running around at night avoiding zombies when you’re actually running on the safety of your gym’s treadmill. You’ll get to hear the frightening moans and gurgles of the zombies that are right on your heels, making sure you keep running for your life. by Jennifer Bergan at geek.com

Talk about motivation! The downside is that it’s a $7 app! I’m also not keen about running away from zombies every time I go for a jog. I can see me panicking at some point, and bolting for home. My neighbors would think I’m a nut.

The idea is cool, though; games you play in the physical world. I started wondering about the possible stories bubbling in my head if I had to run, imagining the undead at my heels, with only the sound of strangers in my ears to connect me to the living. (shudders)

This touches upon the whole idea of play and creativity. I remember feeling terrified when playing ‘hunt monster’ with my dad. The tension was so bad at one point, with dimmed lights and only flashlights to defend myself, so when my father lunged at me from the darkness of a closet, I clobbered the ‘monster’ with all my might!

My dad said later I nearly knocked him out. I think I was 7 at the time. He knew I could defend myself after that.

Storytelling touches upon the fears, passions, and even insecurities we have to mesh into a storyline that speaks to the reader. They may also have those same fears. I often wonder if I’m alone in clobbering closet monsters.

I’m sure there’s a story there somewhere. Winking smile

Prompt: Take a fear you had (or have) as a child, and write, from the POV of the child, a situation where you face that fear. Add all the imagined terror you think a child of that age would have, but put the story in first person.

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