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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: The Finisher   The Finisher Icon_minitimeAugust 8th 2008, 9:13 am

This is one of my all time favorite writing exercises!

It is simple: Finish the sentence left by the person before you then leave another partial sentence for the next person.

First Sentence: Amanda wanted to leave, but...
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PostSubject: Re: The Finisher   The Finisher Icon_minitimeAugust 8th 2008, 3:26 pm

Amanda wanted to leave, but her man hold her arm that hard that it bruised in just a second.


Next Sentence: I was walking down the road, when

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PostSubject: Re: The Finisher   The Finisher Icon_minitimeAugust 8th 2008, 8:53 pm

I was walking down the road, when the man jumped out of the car in front of me and screamed!


Harold always thought...
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PostSubject: Re: The Finisher   The Finisher Icon_minitimeAugust 8th 2008, 9:00 pm

Harold always thought there was something suspicious about that duck.

Next: Just when everything had settled down
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PostSubject: Re: The Finisher   The Finisher Icon_minitimeAugust 9th 2008, 10:28 pm

Just when everything had settled down, Philip lifted his glass and said, "Now I will tell you who the murderer is."


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PostSubject: Re: The Finisher   The Finisher Icon_minitimeAugust 9th 2008, 10:56 pm

Sometimes you just have to you just got to shoot people in the head.

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PostSubject: Re: The Finisher   The Finisher Icon_minitimeAugust 12th 2008, 2:49 am

Loving you is like smelling the rain falling on the hot asphalt on a warm summer day.

Next: Before you'll go six feet under

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Before, you'll go six feet under, but don't mind the worms.


He tossed the coin in...
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PostSubject: Re: The Finisher   The Finisher Icon_minitimeAugust 15th 2008, 3:23 pm

He tossed the coin in the fountain and his wish came true just a few days later.

When I smell the fresh air on top of the mountain...

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When I smell the fresh air on top of the mountain, I can feel the beauty of nature.


Next: While watching tv I....

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While watching TV I find myself wanting more popcorn when the bowl is empty.

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Trouble is brewing outside because the next door neighbor's kid slapped my brother in the face, leaving an angry red mark where his hand had been.

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PostSubject: Re: The Finisher   The Finisher Icon_minitimeAugust 22nd 2008, 5:38 pm

The sun was playing peek-a-boo with the clouds and the birds were singing a song.

Next: I really didn't think about that but

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PostSubject: Re: The Finisher   The Finisher Icon_minitimeAugust 24th 2008, 11:23 am

I really didn't think about that, but I guess I do bear a resemblance to Satan.

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Music like this just makes me want to... wish I had a chainsaw at hand




NEXT: the fan started moving by itself,
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PostSubject: Re: The Finisher   The Finisher Icon_minitimeAugust 26th 2008, 5:29 pm

The fan started moving by itself, while the vibration from the washing machine was noticeable throughout the whole house.

Next: The cat was sitting on top of the cabinet...

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The cat was sitting on top the cabinet, but once the blender started she zoomed by lightening.

Next: It was in the closet last time...

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It was in the closet last time, but now I can't find it nowhere.

Next: Death comes slowly around the corner...

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Death comes slowly around the corner, but Life rushes by.

Next: The little girl loved...
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The little girl loved her pink ballet shoes because they made her feel like the princess her father said she was but never treated her like.

Next: Trouble follows him...

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Trouble follows him like a hungry dog that knows it's going to get kicked but doesn't have any other master to turn to.

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Falling down is like making love in the shower and slipping with him on top of you.

Next: Six weeks ago I never would have thought...

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Six weeks ago I never thought he would ask me out.


The house lights were.....

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The house lights were still on when I came home at 4 o'clock in the morning.

Next: While I was walking the dog...

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While I was walking the dog it started to rain, he ran away but I stayed and danced.

Next: It said discreet shipping but...

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