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Aug. 1st, 2005 @ 03:44 pm Slow Posting
Sorry I've been so slow to post things, right now I only have internet access at work! We will be getting internet access at my place within the month, at which time I'll be posting a lot more! Thanks for your patience.
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Jul. 18th, 2005 @ 03:58 pm Writing Prompt No. 2: Doorways
This is one of my favorite prompts, I've actually used it multiple times.


The point of this prompt is to focus on creating an image saturated with meaning. Take a few minutes to picture a doorway. Note all the details about the door: color, shape, material, opened/closed, where does it go, is there something behind it... Then begin relating the features of the door to an idea. Maybe you want to use it in the scene of a story to foreshadow something or as a beginning to a poem. What would make a door menacing? What would make it welcoming? Let the door stand for something.

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Jul. 18th, 2005 @ 11:53 am Wordless
I wrote this at work, I hope its coherent.

I am a lumberjack who
cuts trees of emotion
with my tongue.
After a hard day's work,
I stack shapely blocks
in neat piles according to
setting, character, and theme
to bolster my winter stores
So that,
during the unbearable
tornadoes of loneliness
or the snowstorms
of lost life
or even on the rainy days
that must be endured as a
bargain for good earth and sun
I might keep warm
by combusting combinations of
feelings I once had
and in the dark wordless hours
read epic poetry in the
firelight pulsing against
the walls.

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Jul. 15th, 2005 @ 10:33 pm (no subject)
Current Mood: goodand ready to pop
Current Music: my terrible singing
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© 2005 Palin_Travels
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Jul. 3rd, 2005 @ 02:58 pm Writing Prompt No. 1: Begin a Story with a Given First Line

The Exercise

Begin a story with a given first line. Here are some to choose from:

  • Where were you last night
  • The neighbors were at it again
  • I met him/her on the stairs (note how many different ways the characters could be moving: both up, both down, passing eachother.)
  • "One more thing before you go"
  • This is a story I've been avoiding for a long time:
  • If I went there a second time...
  • I haven't been the same since...
  • See that house over there? Let me tell you...

The Objective

The idea is to start the story in the middle of things (in media res). These lines work well because they start after something important has already happened and can be a dialogue or narrative.

(Summarized from 'What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers' by Bernays & Painter; Pgs. 21-22)

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Jul. 3rd, 2005 @ 12:54 pm Thanks for Joining Writing in Circles
This community is for all writers and types of writing. The main focus is for people who want some feedback on their work from other writers. Feel free to post, but please reply and read other posts if you want yours critiqued. I will also be posting writing prompts for people who want a specified place to start and work from. If you have any ideas for improvement to this community, post them on my personal journal: epic_poem.
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