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4-23-2016 #WritingPrompt – Realization

Today’s writing prompt ‘Realization’ (at least the way i’m looking at it) can move your MC along, cause growth… self-realization can either hobble a person, or inspire them…

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when your character learns something about themselves that they had overlooked, or ignored most of their life (like my MC-Marin… and the verbal abuse she learned to avoid and expect from her aunt as a child… ) not all realizations have to be big, but each one can change your character/challenge them…

other than emotions, your MC can face and deal with fears… a fear is only silly to those that have never felt one… facing and pushing past a fear can be uncomfortable to dang near impossible… is there anything that you MC would rather sky away from if possible?? check out the writing prompt on fear if you need some help freaking out your MC… muhahahaha…

also… realizing there is something that your MC truly hates/enjoys can help you to put them in uncomfortable situations, or put them in a relaxing/rejuvenating space where they can think… or… a place to ambush them… muhahaha… apparently I’m feeling a little evil today…

realization can come out of nowhere… you can have another character point something out to your MC, but you can also do self-realization… it all helps your characters to grow…

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Alrighty… here is your pinterest writing prompt… I see it as the way that your MC can hide aspects of their character from others, or even from themselves… and break… 😛 happy wordage, tracey 

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4-18-2016 #WritingPrompt – Life Horrors

As writers and readers, we want greatness in our novels… and as hard as it can be, taping into the horrors of history and life in general can elevate our writing from good to great… and if there is one thing the world provides in abundance, it is the horror of life… I heard a quote on Criminal Minds once: Life is a Horrible Thing to happen to a Person… the atrocities of life are all around us… and as writers, we can tap into that to make our stories the ones that readers come back to again and again…

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Something close to my own heart, and bound to make me madder than a wet hen… the Trail of Tears… I don’t know how my ancestors avoided that horrible walk, but am extremely grateful… (Ky born and bred) … but now we have *lets not name that horrible presidential candidate* People spouting hate and ideas reminiscent of Hitler… and I ask, will the white people never learn… if I could I would smack my Irish side silly… 😛 … but seriously… the horrors the Indians endured (and omg, you should read up on Canada) is heartbreaking… all because a greater power didn’t understand their ways, and wanted to punish and take from them…

stories can be found in most countries about hate and fear… yes, fear… because it is human nature to hate and fear the unknown or different… and it is a sad fact that the larger the group of like minded people, the greater the risk of harm … it is a fear that can span generations… your MC could be from either side of this sad plight… after so much pain caused by slavery and the KKK, fear is alive on both sides…

The Armenian Genocide in Turkey is another source of pain and backstory for your MC… especially those writing historicals, or paranormals with characters that have longer than average lives… women tattoo and forced into marriages or sex slavery… or the Christian woman that were nailed naked on crosses… there are so many horrible things in this world… don’t be afraid to use them…

and of course… Hitler… one of the well known horrors, but there were soo many other stories happening that didn’t focus wholly on that evil man… there was the Bitch of Buchenwald (not sure of spelling)… she had Jews killed if she admired their tattooing, and then had the skin made into lampshades… but there was also the woman that managed to smuggle out thousands of Jewish children using her social worker connections…

and that is the point… by writing about the horrors, you get to have an MC that is capable of being the hero… of adding emotions and depth to your story…

okay… enough of the heavy talk… here is a pinterest writing prompts… when you are done looking up all those ugly facts about life so that you can create the perfect story, sit back and relax by starting out your MC with a spring activity, something they can do while you add a little dialogue to your story… happy wordage, tracey

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4-13-2016 #WritingPrompt – Emotion

Showing that your MC has emotion/feelings/passion is one of the most important ingredients for great writing… I know I enjoy a story that has emotion over something flat and informational… think of the children’s story ‘Jack and Jill’… while cute and fun to read as a child, as an adult wouldn’t it be more interesting to know what Jill was thinking, how the hill felt as she tumbled down after Jack, what emotions were evoked by the fall…

for this writing prompt, I suggest you take an emotion that you don’t feel at home with when writing, and play with it… push yourself to learn more about that emotion and then write the a scene with it…

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Emotions can be seen and felt… from quiet pain/loss, to overwhelming grief… what type of character are you dealing with…  does your MC hold it all in, or wear their heart on their sleeve???

and while you are learning more about your chosen emotions, remember to look up some visuals… these are just a few I came across on Pinterest…

if everything you write down still doesn’t feel right to you, remember that there are times that what your character shows to the world is only the tip of the iceberg… from stoic on the outside to explosive on the inside, or maybe your character is frozen in helpless tears by on the inside those tears are a release, a freedom…  

okay…. now here is the pinterest writing prompt… lol… I thought it went perfectly with this post…. why??? because sometimes your emotions can lead to behavior that is out of character… at least that is what I thought of when I saw this… what do you see…. happy wordage, tracey…

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