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Is the phrase "Once upon a time..."
Overused
33%
 33% [ 1 ]
Underused
67%
 67% [ 2 ]
Total Votes : 3
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For this month's writing prompt write a scene using the following sentence to start;

The streets were deserted. Where was everyone? Where had they all gone?

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One should not face a writer's block with the mentality of bursting through it. I have found in my own experience that a writer's block is usually due to my mind indicating that it has a problem in 'channeling' the story. One reason might be a re-imagining of certain story points. Another reason however is that there is a problem in where you are at in the story, so you need to look back and find out the problem with the 'journey' that prevents the tale from advancing.

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Is the phrase "Once upon a time..."
Overused
33%
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Underused
67%
 67% [ 2 ]
Total Votes : 3
 

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PostSubject: A New Poll?   May 3rd 2015, 3:41 pm

Back in the day the go to phrase to start a story was "Once upon a time..." My question to you is, is this phrase overused or underused now a days in writing?

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PostSubject: My view   May 4th 2015, 7:40 am

I do not see it being used. 'Once upon a time' makes one feel that they are reading a fairy tale. In my writing and the writing of others, we want you to take our stories with a feeling of them being real. We want you to be concerned for the characters. I thus am not saying that 'once upon a time' is dated, but that it sets the mind of the reader in a place we do not want them to be.

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