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Monthly Writing Prompt
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: December's Paragraph Bundle   December 2nd 2009, 12:27 am

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This month's subject is:

The tree is surrounded and covered by snow, but what is that noise in the distance?

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PostSubject: Re: December's Paragraph Bundle   December 2nd 2009, 10:52 pm

As I approached the tree in an attempt to straighten the ever-crooked star on top, I stopped short. Something was outside, and it sounded like it was approaching fast. I abandoned my star-fixing and went to the window, wondering who could be out so late on Christmas Eve. I pulled back the slightly faded curtains and peered across the sand, into the night. Nothing was visible, but the sound, that odd rumbling, was still very prevalent. Then it came. Slowly at first, then much more rapid. I could see the wall of water that dominated the horizon. In the last seconds before the wave hit, I thought to myself, I should have purchased a house in the mountains.
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