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Monday Movie Prompt

Let’s get our week started with a little writing fun, shall we?

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After the Thin Man (1936), with Myrna Loy and William Powell

First: what are their names? occupations? favourite cocktails?

Next: write some dialogue that matches their expressions perfectly.

Another option: write dialogue that runs counter to their expressions.

And another: what’s the dog thinking?

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Forest of Reading Trip, first stop London!

Wow, what a week I’ve had! From my quiet country life to the raucous, celebratory hullabaloo that is the Forest of Reading Festival! And now that I’m back home, on my sunny deck listening to the wee birdies twitter (actual birds, not the 140-character ones), I’m ready to share my adventures.

First stop was the mighty city of London, Ontario, and their first-ever Festival of Trees event.

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Kevin Sylvester (author of the Neil Flambe series) and I arrive at the Progress Building fully caffeinated and ready to go. (photo by Kevin)

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Another Fill-in-the-Blanks Story

IMG_5995 - Version 2Here’s another story for some Writing Group fun – another Fill-in-the-Blanks story. (See previous post for our first example.) Basically you just write words on slips of paper and drop them into the appropriate bowls: NOUN (character), NOUN (object), NOUN (location), ADJECTIVE, VERB, or ADVERB. Then proceed with the story and draw a word every time you need to fill in a blank.

Here’s one our Friday group came up with:

Fantastic Man and Fedora Dude

Go To School

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Group Writing Fun: Fill-in-the-Blanks Story

IMG_5988 - Version 2The game that has taken my writing club by storm recently is what I call the Fill-in-the-Blanks Story. We start by writing words on slips of paper and dropping them into the appropriate bowls: NOUN (character), NOUN (object), NOUN (location), ADJECTIVE, VERB, or ADVERB. Then we proceed with the story and draw a word every time we need to fill in a blank. The results can be… weird. Continue reading

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Monday Writing Prompt

Happy Monday, busy writers! A new week begins like a fresh new notebook full of blank pages – pages that can inspire either eagerness or terror in a poor writer’s heart. Here’s a starter for you today, another movie still prompt.

Introductions at a party – put some outrageous dialogue to this picture:

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In case you’re wondering, this is a scene from All About Eve, from the famous party scene in which Bette Davis intones “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night!”

(And yes, that is Marilyn Monroe, pre-superstardom, in a bit part)

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Monday Movie Prompt

A writing prompt for a spring-ish Monday. (Here at least.)

Write some dialogue and the what-happens-next for this scene:

arsenic+lace(photo from the movie Arsenic and Old Lace)

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Shpooky prompt

Here’s a Monday morning Writing Prompt for you. The only thing better than the craziness of this photo is the name of the movie it comes from: Voodoo Man (1944).

Looks like a seance to me. Who are all these people? And what happens next?

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Writing Club: Dialogue That Works

Welcome to another edition of writing tips, prompts and folderol. (Look it up.) Today we’ll look at writing dialogue that isn’t clunky, baffling or boring. But first we warm up…

cuff_last_passenger_corn_brook_5505-minute prompt: TRAVEL

Planes, trains, automobiles, boats, bicycles, or feet. Five minutes, stream of consciousness, write whatever comes to mind on the topic… GO!

For some reason most of my thoughts on the topic tend to the befores and afters and not to the actual travelling: airports and train platforms, figuring out schedules, waiting in line, delays, waiting for luggage, missing luggage, etc.

What’s the strangest mode of transport you’ve ever used?

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Ay carumba! Winter takes a last stab

IMG_5172Okay so I disappeared last week because of snow and related difficulties (no power, no internet), and coincidentally my website disappeared too! I’ve just got it back up again, not sure how many days it was missing in action, sorry about that everyone!

As I write I can hear the sound of rain and dripping all around, and there was just a big rumble as snow fell off one side of my roof, so hopefully we’re on the seasonal upswing now. (Firmly knocking on wood.)

And since it is Monday I’d like to give you a Writing Prompt to start your week off right.  It’s another old movie still – take a close look. Who are these people, what are their names, personalities? What’s their relationship to one another? Now write them some snappy dialogue…

of human bondage

 

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Writing Club: Writing Group Etiquette

Greetings! The winter months drag on but there is a glimmer of hope as the days grow long. Spring, o spring will you please hurry??

images-45-minute prompt: SCHOOL

Five minutes, stream of consciousness, write whatever comes to mind on the topic… GO!

Your own schools, schools from fiction, schools from film. Hogwarts maybe? Terrible schools or brilliant schools. Terrible teachers or brilliant teachers. Sights, sounds and smells. And think about how different elementary schools are from high schools…

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