For What Pegman Saw Writing Prompt – Mysterious Angel

 

Mysterious Angel

 

A year passed. I was still none the wiser who the mysterious angel was who had stole my heart in Terni, Italy while I was on a lads’ holiday over here. I had tried to put them out of my head, even dated unsuccessfully. I knew quickly that a half hour talking, wandering the streets with this person had meant more to me than anything before. So I was back. The second day I seen them.

It had to be faith.

They seen me, rushed away. I hadn’t come this far for nothing. I raced after them, caught up.
“You went into a shop and gave me the slip Matteo?”
“You came all the way here for an explanation?”
“I felt a connection. Didn’t you?”
“Yes but you’re gay.”
“So?”
“I’m non-binary.”
I didn’t know what that made me, if anything. But it didn’t stop me saying,
“I don’t care.”

In response to the What Pegman Saw writing prompt:

https://whatpegmansaw.com/2018/02/10/terni-italy/

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Writing 101: Writer’s Block

 

 

So everyone hi and welcome to the final part of Writing 101. Today’s topic is something we all deal with (unless we are a genius!) dear old writer’s block. I’m currently writing two books at the one time (not something I’d advise but there you go) and I’m having a lot of writer’s block. Getting from A to B without sounding like it’s contrived to get there is a pain in the backside quite frankly. But it’s doable (Got to keep telling ourselves that!) so without further ado here is my tips for overcoming the demon that is writer’s block …

 

  1. Let Your Mind Run Free

In my own experiences, I had very little writer’s block when I was younger. Maybe it was because getting the books out there seemed longer in the future. Now with Amazon, it’s pretty much when you’re ready you have the opportunity to put it out there. At the time I was just working on my craft trying to improve and there was no near pressure that someone other than my sister might read it so maybe that’s why I let my mind run free and don’t seem to be as free with my writing now as I was then. Or my brain’s just got older and slowed down! Much of writer’s block is I feel that we are scared to make mistakes and really, we shouldn’t be because it can be fixed if it isn’t right. But I think as humans, we tend to like to get it right first time and as we all know, that doesn’t always happen. So in short, if you have an idea run with it. Try out any idea, get the creative juices flowing and soon enough you should be back in the swing of things.

 

2. Think Outside The Box

Don’t try to write something like you think it should be. Sometimes we get too wrapped up in our own heads about how something will be perceived by a reader. Now of course the reader is the most important person but most readers, me included, don’t know we’re going to like a book before we read it and might be pleasantly surprised. Don’t be scared of crossing genres. For instance, if you’ve set out to write a romance and suddenly it becomes a romance thriller, if it feels right continue down that path. It could be the making of a great book. Don’t pigeon-hole yourself. Trust your gut. 9 times out of 10, it’s usually right.

 

3. Watch Documentaries, Films, Anything

As writers, we tend to get inspiration from everywhere so take time away from your writing (or watch it while you’re writing) and chances are something will come to mind from something you’ve watched. Obviously I don’t mean take their ideas but get inspiration from them. Watch things about your subject, watch things not about your subject, you can get ideas from everything. It also helps clear your brain and give you more energy to write. Alternatively go for a long walk or to a coffee shop. This will give you inspiration and give your mind the energy to continue your work too.

 

4. Don’t Feel Bad

It’s a natural feeling but what use is it? Yes, as a writer you will feel like you should be able to do this because it’s your craft after all. But try to get rid of all of them thoughts to the best of your ability because they serve no purpose and only stop you from thinking of more productive thoughts for your book. We all get writer’s block so don’t feel bad about it. It’s just part of the profession.

 

5. Don’t Overthink

I believe very strongly that writing is a very natural process. I think the best writers are those who don’t overthink what they are doing. If it feels right, they write it. And with writer’s block, the same rules apply. Don’t try hard to come up with something. Brainstorm with casual ease. Sit down at the computer and see if you can at least add a few sentences. Don’t write continuously just to finish the book because you feel you should have it finished by now. Publisher’s deadlines are obviously an exception to this rule. By all means write lots if it comes to you even if you might not end up using it all or any of it but don’t force out anything either and bust your brain cells doing so. Let it come naturally. Eventually it always does in the end so stay positive.

 

Key Points Summary

  • All writers get writer’s block.
  • Try out any idea, get the creative juices flowing and soon enough you should be back in the swing of things.
  • Think outside the box. Don’t be put off by your story moving into a different genre or cross of genres and/or a new direction.
  • Take inspiration from many sources. Clear your head and re-energise your brain. This will help you get back flowing with sentences soon enough.
  • Don’t feel bad because your work isn’t going as smoothly as planned. It happens us all at different times.
  • Don’t overthink things. Writing is a natural process.

 

 

Reading Links 2/13/18

Where Genres Collide

destruction fantasy, woman, destruction

Reading Links…2/13/18

Traci Kenworth

 

Fantasy/Dystopian/UF/Paranormal/SF:

  1. https://libraryoferana.wordpress.com/2018/02/04/dirty-dozen-and-returning-author-interview-andrew-p-weston-sci-fi/ The science fiction slot is filled with the IX Series, detailing the trials and tribulations of the legendary lost 9thLegion of Rome who marched into the mists of Caledonia in circa 100AD and were never seen again. Needless to say, they didn’t just disappear, and the series has grown into something of a gem.
  2. http://blog.janicehardy.com/2018/02/happy-release-day-new-novel-from-janice.html Grace Harper has spent her life on the run, ever since her mother’s unnatural death at the hands of creatures that shouldn’t be real. It’s hard to believe in vampires, but the things chasing her fit every legend she’s ever heard. She dubs them “Pretty Boys,” though their beautiful faces hide ugly appetites.
  3. https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2018/02/09/rosies-bookreview-team-rbrt-alisonw_editor-reviews-fantasy-keepers-by-sacha_black/ This is the first in the Eden East Novels series and the first of the author’s novels. Eden is a Fallon – a royal Keeper whose role it is…

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Frank – the secret keeper Writing Prompt

In response to secretkeeper.net’s weekly writing prompt #127. The challenge is to use the 5 words given below (or their synonyms ) in a poem or flash fiction.

 

(5) Words: | WISH | CRAVE | URGE | SCREAM | SPEND |

Frank felt the urge to scream,

to wish Carly dead,

to not have to spend his life

with this wife of his

who seemed to crave hitting him,

he felt the urge to scream out

“I am been hurt here,

I feel imprisoned here.”

But Carly’s fist and society

stopped him talking his mind

let alone screaming out his pain.

Candlemoth: A Holy City Romance By Pauline West Book Review!

 

What struck me most about Candlemoth: A Holy City Romance (2015) by Pauline West was the realness of it. Page by page, it felt like a fictional look at real life and the real emotions people feel inwardly as well outwardly. Each character is very well rounded and we get to know even characters that aren’t the two central characters Lily and Ry very well.

Set in Charleston in South Carolina, the book is the first in a three-part series and follows the main character Lily Inoue who is a waitress who falls in love with the wealthy Ry Calhoun. Without spoiling anything, there is many ups and downs in their journey of love which is all very interesting and keeps you turning the page. What is great about these two characters is that they are both quite complicated and have so many different aspects to their personalities. I especially love the feistiness of Lily and the gentleness of Ry. I think it’s always an interesting romantic starting point when you pair a working-class person and a rich person and show that their love can cross that boundary of class and that they want to be together despite outside pressure from other people and society in general so as a reader, you’re always going to be fighting for them to bypass those boundaries and pressures in the pursuit of love. Lily and Ry are polar opposites in so many ways and yet very similar in more ways. There’s also a lot of background information about both Lily and Ry which helps the reader know where they are coming from more in situations that occur. What is really good about both of them, and in general most of the characters, is that they feel imperfect but not overly imperfect and therefore real. I also loved Lily’s relationship with her father Steve too.

There is quite a steamy element to the book which I didn’t mind but if that’s not your bag than this book might not be for you. Just warning you all of that! 🙂

As much as I like Lily and Ry, my favourite characters were Beren and Chandler. I took to the two of them instantly and was very invested in their love story. I knew someone who reminded me of Beren in the past so he reminded me of him which was nice because he was a lovely person. So yes, I didn’t want Lily and Ry to not be together but I really didn’t want Beren and Chandler not to be together! I absolutely loved them and like Lily and Ry, they were very real and rounded characters.

My only slight problem character-wise was with Madison. I know she’s supposed to be the bitch who is trying to tear Lily and Ry apart but she felt very one-dimensional to me. I felt like that was her only purpose in the story. Don’t get me wrong, I was never going to like her but I just felt she should have some good qualities as even people who aren’t nice do and I felt nothing. It felt like she was a robot instead of human and very much there just to show how Ry would want to be with Lily instead of her. In saying that, some of Lily’s lines in scenes with Madison were classic and I found myself chuckling along and saying, “You tell her girl!”. Madison is probably a difficult character to make human but still.

This book ends on a cliffhanger like all good trilogies so I was delighted to have the follow-up books on stand-by because, and this is a very good sign, I wanted to know what happened next. There’s clearly been a lot of work put into this book and as both a reader and writer I appreciated that. And this is a gorgeously written and intriguing romance that like me, I’m sure you’ll enjoy very much.

I will be reviewing the next two books in the trilogy over time so keep your eyes open for those two reviews. 🙂

I received an ARC from the author, with no obligation to review.

To purchase Candlemoth: A Holy City Romance by Pauline West go to:

 

February 8: Flash Fiction Challenge: 99 Word Prompt – Fireweed – Carrot Ranch Literary Community

In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a wishing star. It can be central to the story or used in a different way. You can have a character interact or not. Go where the prompt leads.

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They Called Him Fireweed

 

They nicknamed him Fireweed for a reason. He spread out his leaves with openness to the world. He was wild in spirit, a perfect rebel and completely him without apologies. His stem was his strong backbone: “Come at me and I’ll come at you. Otherwise we can get on, I prefer to get on with people in all honesty.” They called him Fireweed because beneath the strong exterior he was gentle. He could break but he couldn’t show he was fragile. Too many people seen that as weakness. Instead he put up a fight against the elements each day.

 

If you want to participate, here’s the link: 

https://carrotranch.com/2018/02/08/february-8-flash-fiction-challenge/

 

 

Three Line Tales Writing Prompt – Up & Down

photo by Samuel Wong via Unsplash

https://only100words.xyz/2018/02/08/three-line-tales-week-106/

 

Life sometimes feels like elevators. Up and down and one knows where they are going but could end up anywhere. Still they arrive at the destination they are supposed to in the end.

For Three Line Tales Writing Prompt. The website can be found at:

https://only100words.xyz/