What is the most ridiculous writers block challenge that weirdly sometimes works?

“What’s the most ridiculous writers block challenge that weirdly sometimes works?”

Writing challenge: Pick an 80′s song and use it to help you brainstorm. It’s completely ridiculous, but it’s basically a standard writing prompt approach that forces you to approach a topic from a completely random and unrelated direction. The act of making it related to what you’re writing is what forces you to think differently and get out of a rut. It might not be the final copy, but its good brainstorm copy.

My 80’s song? Well it was the number one on the day I was born… rick astley

“We’re no strangers to love
You know the rules and so do I
A full commitment’s what I’m thinking of
You wouldn’t get this from any other guy”

Know what it is yet?

Inspiration Tip for Writers – The Random Decision Maker

A quick post today as I came across this little beauty and thought others might like it. It is a random decision maker. http://www.randomdecisionmaker.com/

As a writer you have a lot of decisions to make and sometimes those can take way too long to decide.

What colour eyes should a character have?

How did she get hurt so that she can’t run away fast when that monster comes to get her later on?

Who did he unload his troubles too, to help him realise she was the one?

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Sometimes you just need something to put in as a place holder to come back later or as an experiment of ideas you wouldn’t normally try. Well this little tool is free and can be quite liberating, think of it as a magic-8 ball with options. 🙂

Anyway, I thought it could be a useful writers’ resource.

Enjoy.
KL

Today in History – Writing – 1st January

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On this day….

1st January

In 1951 the first episode of the BBC’s radio serial The Archers – farming folk of Ambridge. It is the world’s longest running radio ‘soap’.

One of the main acknowledgements of the soap is the writers’ and producers skills to craft real-life events into the soap. This at times can be incredibly challenging for the production team, some significant but unforeseen events require scenes to be rewritten and rerecorded at short notice, such as the death of Princess Margaret (particularly poignant because she had appeared as herself on the programme, the World Trade Center attacks, and the 7 July 2005 London bombings. The events and implications of the 2001 foot-and-mouth crisis required many “topical inserts” and the rewriting of several storylines.

screenplayFor budding script-writers a visit to this webpage which tells Carole Solazzo’s story (a scriptwriter and producer of the archers) about a typical day, her proudest moment and what she’s learnt from the production could be inspirational.

Also, the BBC regularly publish script competitions. The next one is Opening Lines – BBC Radio 4’s showcase for short stories is submissions accepted January 5th – February 13th 2015.

Maybe 2015 is the time to write your screenplay – goodluck J

Source –

http://www.beautifulbritain.co.uk/htm/onthisday/onthisday.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Archers

http://www.bbc.co.uk/academy/production/article/art20130702112135286

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Learning from the best

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As a writer-in-training one of my current hobbies is absorbing others language and the creative ways they use it, in an attempt to learn the craft from those that have already made it. As a kindle addict this is a bit more difficult than a post-it on a page so I recently began using the highlight tool on kindle (press & hold on the first word until the grey highlight appears and then drag over the sentence/passage you wish to highlight), you can then add a note to help you trace why you highlighted it.

To then retrieve your highlights – log-on to https://kindle.amazon.com/your_highlights

See an example below from one of my favourite authors, these are two extracts I had highlighted showing descriptive technique.

The Bone Garden: The Wesley Peterson Series: Book 5 by Kate Ellis

You have 2 highlighted passages
You have 2 notes
Last annotated on June 27, 2014

Monday morning brought rain – or drizzle to be more precise. It fell in gossamer sheets over the hilly landscape, turning the greens and golds of the September fields to shades of grey.

Note: Weather description

Heffernan was making a great effort to sound professional, detached – but he wasn’t making a very good job of it. The expression on his face betrayed every emotion, every fear and doubt.

Note: description hidden emotion

Anyway, I thought this might be a useful tool for other aspiring writers’.