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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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Our monthly writing tips are written by our very own TerishD. You can read more in Terish's Blog located in "The Abstractions" area of the forum.

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: Triggers   February 19th 2009, 9:40 pm

Certain conditions, sights, sounds etc. in our daily environment effect our ability to write. They are called triggers. Most often topics will come from a word or phrase in conversation with people, a song, something in nature that compels you to write. What about you? What are your triggers?

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PostSubject: Reply   February 19th 2009, 9:53 pm

I really do not know what compels me to write. A scene just builds in my head. At first it is a random thought that does not leave. Like an oyster enameling a piece of dirt, the thought gets layered with other thoughts attempting to rationalize the first thought. When I just cannot get the dumb idea out of my head, I start writing it down. Some stay as odd files on my hard drive, others seem to propagate other scenes even as I clear out scenes from my head into printed form. I find it fun, as I am often as confused by what I am writing as my eventual readers must feel. As plots and characters build and drive towards a goal, I find myself highly entertained by the journey.

That is all I can say on the subject.

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PostSubject: Re: Triggers   February 20th 2009, 7:13 am

the goblin found it to be a balance between that which was within and that which was expected from him, saying "...at times I need the pull of the audience, whereas at other times I need to be alone and the audience is forgotten..." ventured the goblin looking out through the French windows across the brilliant white snow again, as if the dark of the interior of the bistro almost underlined the contrast in the goblin's mind at this point, he continued "...I feel like a "go between" then, connecting my inner self with the outer world, I appease both, I share one with the other here collecting ideas from each without really knowing from which side my next idea will come from, nor, for that matter, for which side I am really writing it for...", in fact, the goblin needed a long time and many rewrites to create anything as he just seemed to nurture those seeds of some odd thoughts that had drifted into his mind at some previous point from either side of his ongoing "go between" existence , until that moment where that idea finally seemed to evolve itself into a post, at which point goblin just sets it free on the Internet forgetting about it save for a copy, which he keeps, should he wish to redo it later, "...so we are not talking about "triggers" here, so much as a general nurturing process aided by such props as ones coffee, these "last post" threads, umpteen forums and an altogether satisfactory unadventurous "dailylife"..."
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PostSubject: Re: Triggers   February 20th 2009, 6:12 pm

dreams, lack of sleep, caffeine, good music, art, childhood memories, the news, taking long walks, taking long showers, exercising, stormy weather, candlelight, sexual intercourse, masturbation, breathing....
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PostSubject: Re: Triggers   February 21st 2009, 6:43 pm

HYdraMStar wrote:
breathing....

I don't know why,, but I found this funny.
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