To those of you who enjoy my Quirky Weekly Wednesday Writing Prompts and wondered has happened to them, they will be back.
As I have a ton of photos from my Disneyland Paris/London holiday to share with you, as well as video footage, I will be predominantly posting posts about those for at least the next couple of weeks.
I am pleased to say that Snuggles has improved in health and seems to be healing. I am praying it stays that way. Thanks to every one of you who has sent their well wishes. After Cinnamon was suddenly severely sick and passed away before my holiday, it’s been an intense and emotionally difficult time for me. Snuggles is my furry kid and furry soulmate. It’s her 3rd birthday tomorrow, and she has plenty of potential years ahead of her. I have her birthday party stuff ready for tomorrow evening when I see her.
To give you a taste of Disneyland Paris. Here are some quirky Disneyland Paris writing prompts to wet your appetite.
Terror Tower – Enter at your peril!
The coffin moved! Welcome to Nutterville, where only the quirky nutters live.
It was a back to the future moment.
The castle was on fire!
It was a fairytale come true. I knew from this moment on, my life would change for the better, forever.
As a Writer, I love coming up with my own ideas for stories. I am blessed to have a mind that is constantly thinking of new ideas. I realise how useful it can be, to read, see, hear, or do anything, that sparks the creative switch to ignite the brain into story mode.
From now on, I will be attempting to write a weekly Wednesday Writing Prompts post, to spark ideas for stories. There will be no genre restriction. I will try to keep them to around 4 per week and away you go.
What do you think of this? Good idea?
To start the ball rolling. Here are this week’s prompts:
1) She licked the chocolate ice-cream off his nipple. That was tasty ice-cream, she thought to herself.
2) He switched the tap on and blood gushed out of it. What was he going to do now?
3) I had never seen an elephant sat on a roof before. It looked quite comical.
4) He splattered her with ink. She wasn’t impressed.
If you read my last post, you will know that while I was in London last month, for the Success 2014 Seminar, I went to the Digital Revolution Exhibition.
I have more amazing videos to share with you.
Sometimes you may wonder how my activities relate to writing. Almost everything I do, I can connect to writing in some way. Some directly and others indirectly. I also feel it’s important for any reader to be able to understand what makes a particular writer tick, in order to better understand their writing and their nature.
From my own experience, this is how the Digital Revolution Exhibition, can help inspire you to write.
● Unlimited writing prompts
A good example of this, was seeing the original Altair and Mac designs. These can inspire you to write a drama set in the period they were produced. Alternatively, what’s the story behind those specifically. Why did someone buy each of them? What work is saved on them and why?
● The feeling of magic
The music, the atmosphere, things moving by sensor, touchscreen, special effects, create a feeling of magic. Can inspire you to create fairytales.
●Taking a behind the scenes look at films; Inception, Gravity and How to train your dragon 2.
Helps you to understand how a script can be brought to life.
●Fantasy becoming reality
Seeing things move by themselves and come to life. Such as a lamp like the one in the Pixar shorts, can get your creative juices flowing.
● Not believing your own eyes
Seeing yourself on screen; one minute with smoke coming from your face, the next stage, seeing yourself with wings and birds eating your body. Conjures up stories of illusion and fantasy.
● Future technologies
There is a solar powered dress on display which lights up. Couple that with the information that clothes in our future will be used to charge our mobile phone, makes you think up future Sci-fi adventures.
The Digital Revolution Exhibition, is at the Barbican in London until 14th September 2014.
If you have been wondering why I haven’t been blogging on here quite as much lately, I am currently working on my new design www.beatredundancyblues.com site. As my web host no longer services the site builder I used to build the site on, I have to create a new site using WordPress.org. This has to be done before I finish the final formatting of my Break through the barriers of redundancy book, because I cannot update the site and it is advertised on the front cover of my book. Thankfully, I love designing and creating. To create a new one is hard work and very time consuming, but pleasurable at the same time.
I got back in the early hours of this morning from London, having been to The Business Show at the ExCeL centre, for two days. I heard from some super authors that have had their books published by Wiley, who publishes the Dummies series.
I read this post and felt compelled to share it with you. This is a fantastic post about not being ashamed to read whatever books you like and creating originality out of stories that have been written before, using your own ” mash up“.
Look out for my interview with Author Ian Kane, coming soon to this blog. His new book is called “Rising Storm” and is part of his “Fading Empires” series. You are going to love his book, love his answers and love him.
I was in the children’s room of my beloved library earlier this week and was horrified to hear a mom tell her son to put a particular book back because he was “too old” for it. She said, “That’s too easy for you.” I actually winced.
I’m sure this mom was very well-meaning. I’m sure she just wanted to encourage her son to try something a little more challenging. But, you are never – NEVER – too old for any book. I’ve shared it before, but I’m going to share again the wonderful quote from the fabulous Madeleine L’Engle, “You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”
I am, by chronological reckoning, a full-fledged adult, but I will never, ever stop reading so-called children’s books. Some…
Besides writing non-fiction how-to business books, I also enjoy writing children’s picture books for 3-5 years.
To write for children you need to bring out the child in you. By this I mean:
● Watch children’s TV.
● Read children’s stories.
● Have things a child would have such as cuddly toys or action figures.
● Play like a child would play – On diggers or swings.
● Go to kid’s club at the cinema and watch kids movies in a room full of kids.
● Go on day trips to where children would go – The beach, zoo, theme park.
● Play with and be around children.
● When you are with children, act like a kid, make animal noises, be energetic, make up stories, use your imagination.
● Think young, act young, be young.
If you get the chance, watch the Sooty Show, like I did at Brean Leisure Park.
Most weeks when I walk to work to go to my day job, I see this man making dogs out of sand.
I think they are beautiful and he is very talented.
As a writer, I often think, what’s his story? Why is he making dogs out of sand?
Could it be because…….
He is grieving for pets that have passed away.
He has a love of dogs.
He is obsessed with dogs.
He was not allowed any dogs as a child.
He can’t have any dogs now.
He has been reincarnated but was once a dog with his own family of dogs.
He believes the sand makes the dogs come to life and they talk to him.
He finds it a form of therapy away from the problems at home.
He is preparing for a competition to create the best dog sand statues, in the quickest amount of time and be in the Guinness book of World Records if he wins.
Dogs are the only thing he can make out of sand.
He has an OCD.
Like the beginnings of any good story, once we have a creative think about any random situation in life that may lead to a tale that needs telling, we begin to question the answer to our first question.
Why did his dog die? Was it giving birth? – Hence the small pup.
Why was he reincarnated in the form of a man?
What events led him to the competiton?
Why does he have an OCD?
A good writer always asks lots of questions and is not afraid to let their inner creative mind, think for itself.
Allow your imagination to run riot and enjoy every minute of taking a random event or situation in life and turning it into a literary masterpiece.
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