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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: Reflections   July 19th 2008, 10:55 am

No one cares about what you write
Your writing is just a crazed infatuation
Brought about by bouts of anger
The paper in front of you is a blank reflection of what you are
Rip her to shreds
Throw in the rubbish bin
They're good at bringing about tears
So it goes to show
They can see right through your irrational fears
Widow spiders crawling across the windowsills
Scuffling up the abandoned bar and barstools
The basement is the back of your mind
Not quite forgotten
Where murky things lie in wait
Don't stare at them
They'll stare right back at you
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PostSubject: Re: Reflections   July 20th 2008, 7:29 pm

Hi Sky! This is a great piece and its full of emotions that most every writer feels at one or more points in their writing career. Here is just a few edits for this one. Let me know what you think.

No one cares about what you write.
Your writing is just a crazed infatuation;
brought about by bouts of anger.
With the paper in front of you,
it's a blank reflection of what you are.

Rip it to shreds!
Throw it in the rubbish bin.

They're good at bringing about tears,
and so it goes to show;
They can see right through your irrational fears.

Widow spiders crawling across the windowsills,
scuffling up the abandoned bar and barstools.
The basement is the back of your mind,
Not quite forgotten.
It's where murky things lie in wait.

Don't stare at them;
Because they'll stare right back at you.

A little punctuation, a few rearrangement of words and it's a new piece. It comes more alive and is more readable to everyone (well at least to me)

Easy reading is damn hard writing! I love you

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PostSubject: Re: Reflections   September 24th 2008, 5:37 pm

im sure that every writer feels like this at one point or another and its very hard not to like this poem as a writer. the journey of writing is always emotional and i think you captured that quite well in this poem.
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