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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: September's Writing Prompt   September's Writing Prompt Icon_minitimeSeptember 4th 2009, 6:09 pm

No one did one last month. So, I figured no one would care if I posted one this month.

Many a movie has been inspired by or has been an adaptation of a novel or short story, but many a writer has no doubt been inspired by a film. Write a short piece about a movie that has inspired you or one that's your favorite.
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PostSubject: Re: September's Writing Prompt   September's Writing Prompt Icon_minitimeSeptember 5th 2009, 6:32 pm

I am a horror-movie lover through and through, but rarely am I “inspired” by watching one. Rob Zombie’s movies can sure get the wheels turning, but I wouldn’t call it inspiration. That’s just straight-out admiration for the man and his work.

Oddly, the movies that inspire me usually have a “feel good” theme to them, such as Mr. Holland’s Opus, or A Beautiful Mind. Now, both of those movies also have tragic themes in them, but that is exactly the roller coaster ride that we love to go on, in my opinion. I feel that a good book or a good movie should mimic real life as close as possible. Almost nobody leads a life that simply flat lines, every day, month after month. Therefore, a story with major ups and downs is more relatable and satisfactory to most of us than one that is full-tilt action or 100% depressing.

I also enjoy a movie with a great lesson or message, such as Easy Rider, filmed in 1969. That movie deals specifically with the concept of freedom; its consequences and benefits, and how people react to it in general. What a great idea! I *much* prefer a movie like that than one with seventeen car chases and twenty-two explosions. While those films may be entertaining, they hold little value to our culture, which is important to me.

I guess what it boils down to, is that with all the horribly negative news reports, movies, books and other media out there, it is very refreshing to watch a movie that deals with realistic characters that experience both good and bad things, with a positive overall feel. To Kill a Mockingbird comes to mind, as does Second Hand Lions, a great flick!

I realize that I mentioned a couple of books in this post, and it specifically called for movies, but both are ‘stories’, and I feel that the story is what is important. Whether you ‘watch’ it on the screen or in your mind, the story remains the same. It always does.
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PostSubject: Re: September's Writing Prompt   September's Writing Prompt Icon_minitimeSeptember 6th 2009, 3:18 am

I was tempted to edit my first post, but since this is a new happening, I figured I’d just post again.

I just watched a movie that REALLY inspired and touched me called Into the Wild. This movie represents all my feelings on things like big cities and the monetary system, and really affected me! I thought it odd that I happened to watch this flick on the same day that I posted about movies. If you have not seen this film, it comes *highly* recommended by me.

Into the Wild.
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PostSubject: Re: September's Writing Prompt   September's Writing Prompt Icon_minitimeSeptember 8th 2009, 8:16 pm

Sounds like a good movie.

I enjoyed "Almighty Bruce" or "Bruce Almighty" can't remember the order, but the movie hit home.

I would say of the many movies I watched, I fall in love with Love stories, but I am a junkie for pulse pounding mindless action movies as well.

However, recently I watched Marley and Me and "Stranger then Fiction" and they both taught me more about Character Driven writing and stories then I could have ever hoped to learn by reading.
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