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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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Look Back

When not able to write ahead, it helps to look back. In my case I had written a paragraph ahead of the story. What I needed to do was add a section of exposition (talking) presenting some facts. In going back, I realized that I could insert a section where a 'tour' of the surroundings could be done. This allowed for character interaction, story development, and other things that enabled me to present the facts in an entertaining manner.

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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PostSubject: Descriptive   October 3rd 2008, 2:08 am

You will be given an item or a random word and your job is to describe it in your own words. Be creative!

For example:

Pear

Sweet, juicy, soft on your tongue, grainy like a sugary sand that dissolves in your mouth.


Don't forget to leave another word for the next person.

First word: Banana

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PostSubject: Re: Descriptive   October 3rd 2008, 2:12 am

Long, soft, sweet yellow treat that can be eaten with almost anything. Peeled, Gilled, sliced or smashed, who wouldn't want this taste to last?

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PostSubject: Re: Descriptive   October 3rd 2008, 12:48 pm

The leaves turn rusty color in the fall, like old blood on a tan, leather couch. Who wouldn't want to continuing staring as the leaves fall, like old bodies?

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PostSubject: Re: Descriptive   October 3rd 2008, 3:54 pm

Long, short,thin, and thick, hammer them in the wall to hang things from.


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PostSubject: Re: Descriptive   October 3rd 2008, 4:11 pm

Warm and tight, that is all I can explain as the pink blanket wraps around my neck. Warm and tight, also suffocating.

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PostSubject: Re: Descriptive   October 6th 2008, 1:31 pm

Simple and carefree, they live out their lives. They believe what they are told and look up to those who love them. Always they have a qeustion, and constantly they explore their environment with wonder and insatiable curiosity.

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PostSubject: Re: Descriptive   October 6th 2008, 1:34 pm

It bends and curves like a lady in a courts dress. Water is on of the violent elements on this earth, like a lady with her mood swings the water can cut you out or grace you with its waves.

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PostSubject: Re: Descriptive   October 9th 2008, 3:55 pm

Death, the departure from life. Leaving you breathless and battling whatever comes next, if something comes next. The heart stops beating, skin falls dormant, chest lays stagnant and eyes roll to the back of your head, which makes one wonder when someone dies can they actually see their skull. And if so did they know that tumor was there?

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PostSubject: Re: Descriptive   October 11th 2008, 11:51 pm

Cigarettes, the addiction of life. Needing like air to breathe. Leaving you with satisfaction after a good meal, also when you exactly know it's bad for you. Cigarettes, how can something so bad be so good?

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PostSubject: Re: Descriptive   October 18th 2008, 8:28 pm

Tranquil and beautiful surroundings leave you breathless but full of life, whether near the ocean or high above the mountains, paradise is Peace.

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PostSubject: Re: Descriptive   October 21st 2008, 4:30 pm

The continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past. An indefinite period, untouchable and endless.

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PostSubject: Re: Descriptive   October 22nd 2008, 4:17 am

Did you just look up a definition and write it down? Thats cheating!

The ease of life in the fast lane or not, you can drink lemonade or soda, you have that choice. You can eat whenever you want, and go to bed at three in the morning if you'd like. This is freedom, the choice to do whatever whenever you want.

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PostSubject: Re: Descriptive   October 24th 2008, 11:15 pm

No I didn't just look up a definition. Nice try though.

It melts in your mouth like an ice cube by a sun. Gives you pleasure in different flavors. Eaten too fast gives you brain freeze.

Next: Water

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PostSubject: Re: Descriptive   October 24th 2008, 11:32 pm

Water is the fluid motion of time. It bends and curves, but never whines like the wind does. The water is a clear substance, which always us to reflect.

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PostSubject: Re: Descriptive   January 4th 2009, 2:16 am

A reddish, orange element that comes to life when you rub two wooden sticks against each other.

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PostSubject: Re: Descriptive   January 4th 2009, 8:54 pm

Nice breeze on a summer day, but can also be strong and damage trees, houses, cars and sometime people....


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PostSubject: Re: Descriptive   January 5th 2009, 12:35 am

Man's need for war, dominance, and the sense of being part of a tribal/ethnic community reduced to a games where you spot the enemy not by the shape of his facial features or the color of his skin but by his uniform and no one is meant to really get hurt... or is that exactly what the crowd of spectators wants?

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PostSubject: Re: Descriptive   January 5th 2009, 10:43 am

Fishing, as opposed to catching, is an excuse for a man to get away from his significant other and offspring, while trying to maintain the idea that he is still doing something productive.

Fishing is also recognized by some as an alternative to what is called 'hunting' designed for people that lack the perseverance, skill, or drive to squat piss in the forest while shooting animals with high powered rifles from roosts and platforms set up in trees, but still being able to claim their status among the 'real men' of this world.

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PostSubject: Re: Descriptive   January 5th 2009, 5:31 pm

Acting: the art of playing make believe for an audience.

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PostSubject: Re: Descriptive   January 5th 2009, 9:56 pm

What happens right before impact.

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PostSubject: Re: Descriptive   March 3rd 2009, 6:16 pm

Green with envy this particular fruit smashed could make a nice dip!

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PostSubject: Re: Descriptive   March 4th 2009, 7:00 am

white fluffy clouds that were originally golden seeds before they were heated


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PostSubject: Re: Descriptive   March 16th 2009, 11:54 pm

Totally square and should be thought outside of.

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PostSubject: Re: Descriptive   April 2nd 2009, 11:08 am

Can be made of socks or can be made of wood with some on strings ...


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PostSubject: Re: Descriptive   April 10th 2009, 12:09 am

Tiny blades of green with a scent of spring.

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