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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: Character Development   Character Development Icon_minitimeOctober 5th 2008, 9:53 pm

Give a question and the next person will create a character, then answer the question.

Example: What is that you're wearing?

Next poster: I'm Carol and I'm a princess and princesses wear tiara's, duh!

Oh but that is just a silly little example that I just made up so you can be more creative with it. Don't forget to leave the next question!

First: Why have you been working so much overtime?

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PostSubject: Re: Character Development   Character Development Icon_minitimeOctober 5th 2008, 10:19 pm

If I do not work over time, I will remember the things I don't want to remember. That dark red color stained into my memories.

Question: Why are you such a bad boy?
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PostSubject: Re: Character Development   Character Development Icon_minitimeOctober 6th 2008, 2:23 am

I'm such a bad boy because I have the right to be one, I changed my sex and oh boy it's fun to be a boy!


why don't you like your bread toasted?
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PostSubject: Re: Character Development   Character Development Icon_minitimeOctober 6th 2008, 1:33 pm

I don't like my bread toasted because I am compulsive-obsessive, and my surroundings must always be immaculate, perfect, and stable to my own specifications. Toast does not fit in. It interferes with the peace of my environment.

What is wrong with you?
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PostSubject: Re: Character Development   Character Development Icon_minitimeOctober 6th 2008, 1:35 pm

What is wrong with me you ask? If you have to ask that question then there must be something wrong with you. For I am to wonderful and perfect to have anything wrong with me.

Why do you always read one genre of book?
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PostSubject: Re: Character Development   Character Development Icon_minitimeOctober 7th 2008, 7:44 pm

Oh Boy! a Book! My Favorite! My Favorite!

What color blush do you wear?
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PostSubject: Re: Character Development   Character Development Icon_minitimeOctober 7th 2008, 8:00 pm

What don't you like the way I look! Do you think I look like a clown to you! Or a whore! I suffer from Rosasa, you insensitive pig!

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PostSubject: Re: Character Development   Character Development Icon_minitimeOctober 7th 2008, 8:52 pm

To Chew On!

What flavor lipstick do you use?
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PostSubject: Re: Character Development   Character Development Icon_minitimeOctober 9th 2008, 3:46 pm

I use a coconut flavored lipstick because he likes pina' coladas and he uses pineapple lipstick. Funny, I never thought about until now, why the hell is he wearing lipstick?

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PostSubject: Re: Character Development   Character Development Icon_minitimeOctober 11th 2008, 11:59 pm

I was just walking by and something bad happened; I farted.

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PostSubject: Re: Character Development   Character Development Icon_minitimeOctober 18th 2008, 8:29 pm

I broke the wall because I was angry and its better to hit a wall and hurt myself then to hit you over the head with a hammer and have to spend the next hour or so cleaning up the blood.

Next: Why is there so much dust?

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PostSubject: Re: Character Development   Character Development Icon_minitimeOctober 20th 2008, 11:52 am

Because if I took the time to clean the dust, it would be time spent away from writing. Why else?

Coffee or tea?
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PostSubject: Re: Character Development   Character Development Icon_minitimeOctober 20th 2008, 11:30 pm

OR! OR! I want coffee AND tea! Give me! Give me! Put them in the same cup! Come on! Come on! Pour! Pour! This novel isn't going to write itself you know!

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PostSubject: Re: Character Development   Character Development Icon_minitimeOctober 20th 2008, 11:48 pm

Yes, I believe the forecast is looking quite gloomy.

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PostSubject: Re: Character Development   Character Development Icon_minitimeOctober 21st 2008, 4:25 pm

Peanut butter? Oh please! Who said I love peanut butter? Liar! Liaaaar!

Next: Why is the window still open when it's 30 Fahrenheit outside?

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PostSubject: Re: Character Development   Character Development Icon_minitimeOctober 21st 2008, 5:21 pm

Because the world if full of smells! :: Sniff :: Sniff :: Sniff ::

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PostSubject: Re: Character Development   Character Development Icon_minitimeOctober 22nd 2008, 4:14 am

Because I'm doing yoga, and this is the required position to do this pose, get it?

Next: If this is me, then who are you?

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I am whoever you want me to be

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PostSubject: Re: Character Development   Character Development Icon_minitimeNovember 1st 2008, 4:05 am

Because an old lady needed some money for her surgery and I was kind enough to buy the couch.

Next: Why don't you take an umbrella with you when it's raining?

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PostSubject: Re: Character Development   Character Development Icon_minitimeNovember 1st 2008, 10:15 pm

Because I love the feel of the pouring rain on my face...


why do you look so sad?

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PostSubject: Re: Character Development   Character Development Icon_minitimeNovember 3rd 2008, 11:05 pm

If you would stop doing a head stand you'd see that I'm actually happy.

Why don't you just use a napkin instead of your T-shirt?

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PostSubject: Re: Character Development   Character Development Icon_minitimeNovember 3rd 2008, 11:14 pm

Because I can wash my t-shirt and reuse it.

Do you know how many trees were murdered last year to make those napkins you just turn around and throw away?
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I throw them away because they have been used and you cannot make something unused.

Next: Why do you not let her go, she is already dead?
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Because the thought of when she still was with us makes me smile.

Next: Why do you love him so much?

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Because he doesn't want me and no one worth loving ever will.

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