Quote for the day

Detail makes the difference between boring and terrific writing. It’s the difference between a pencil sketch and a lush oil painting. As a writer, words are your paint. Use all the colors.

-Rhys Alexander

Writing Prompt: Location, location, location

You can write anywhere. All you need is a pen and a notebook. I’ve spoken to writers before about experiencing different places. I don’t mean you have to fly to Paris for inspiration (though I don’t suppose it would hurt) but sometimes by taking a stroll away from the usual, you get to see all sorts of people. One of the things I like to do now and again is to take my tools and mill around the city until I find a perch where I can see life wandering past. I’ve written in pubs with a pint on the table, in cafes, on a bridge, on the roof of a building, ice skating rink, on top of a hill, under a tree in the Botanical Gardens, and even sat on an abandoned merry-go-round in a park.

Changing the scenery does a few things, it lets you see the world from different angles, allows you to observe life and takes you out of the comfort of routine, making what you write a bit more spontaneous.

Try it. Leave the laptop at home, grab a pen and a notebook, go somewhere you’ve never been before and write down what you see. Describe the place, the people there (if any), the smells, the furniture if you’re indoors, the landscape if you’re outdoors, use colour and texture.

Writing Prompt: Location, location, location

Quote for the day

Through joy and through sorrow, I wrote. Through hunger and through thirst, I wrote. Through good report and through ill report, I wrote. Through sunshine and through moonshine, I wrote. What I wrote it is unnecessary to say.

– Edgar A. Poe

Writing Prompt: The why behind the words

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t write. I’ve scribbled bad poetry and silly ideas since I was a little girl. My favourite thing was to wander through the book stores running my hand along the spines of the paperbacks. I have shelves and shelves of journals and blank books waiting for me to write in them. I choose them for their beautiful covers, the soft untarnished paper, the steady lines waiting for me to pour my head onto the pages.

Although it gives me great pleasure to see a story completed, sometimes just the act of drafting ideas and thoughts calms me. Every day I feel like there are a million things unsaid in me and that I’ll burst if I don’t at least try to express them on paper. I guess the answer is that I write because I need to, because even if there was no novel, no short fiction, no verse, there is still life and pondering and there is a story in that every day.

Why do you write?

Writing Prompt: The why behind the words

Quote for the day

You can’t say, I won’t write today because that excuse will extend into several days, then several months, then… you are not a writer anymore, just someone who dreams about being a writer.

– Dorothy C. Fontana

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