Mom and I watched Damn Yankees last night, and it was refreshing to see a man who was true to himself through the whole movie. It was also refreshing to watch something without sex hijacking the plot. It was there, but it wasn’t like a heavy smog–choking everything else with its presence. What you might call realistic, actually.
WRITING PROMPT: Write a scene in which sexual presence is one of many components but far from important to the action. Good one for Sunday, eh?
I keep forgetting what I’m going to work on for National Novel Writing Month this year. I keep thinking I need to set aside the things I’m thinking about that would fit in with the Spadena Street series, but I’ll be working on a Spadena Street book for NaNo! Yay!
The Spadena Street series take place in a small Storybook Style neighborhood called Spadena Street and the attached retirement complex, also in the Storybook Style. If you don’t know what Storybook Style is, check out the Storybookers website.
I’ve been charmed and fascinated by this style all my life, and I’m so delighted to have a perfect excuse to wallow in research on it! My problem is restraining myself from boring the non-Storybooker reader with detail. 😉 The “telling detail“–that’s what I need to include, and let Storybook Style fans imagine the rest. We enjoy that, anyway, and all the non-Storybooker needs to know is what goes on and just enough architectural design to give the flavor. I can do that.
WRITING PROMPT: Describe a place, person or thing in detail. Then pick out one or two telling details that convey the impression you want to convey and delete the rest.
Not I, actually, because I’m at Mom’s, but Mom is home. But breaking away from my routine has opened me up to creativity, much to my surprise. I’ve been working on my short story for the FORCE OF HABIT promotion, stockpiling Hot Flashes for 2011, and am back into jewelry-making, at least insofar as I’m lining up beads and fillers to make Mom a watchband.
You never know what is going to stop your writing in its tracks and what is going to give it the juice. It’s kind of exciting, really.
Maybe part of it was all the new people I saw and talked to, or all the new procedures I observed. Maybe part of it was all the familiar faces that reminded me of other times and other people–nurses who cared for my Grandfather when he was in the hospital, friends from social or community service groups we’re in who volunteer at the hospital, doctors we know from other illnesses or procedures.
I find connections very creatively stimulating. The stories I most enjoy writing start out when two or more ideas rub up against one another and connections form. Network, web, cluster, bubble diagram, whatever you call that thing where you start out with random things and connect them in various ways–that thing always makes me want to flap my hands and do a muppet dance.
But, anyway, Mom is home and I’m revved up. Stand back, children, and don’t try this at home!
WRITING PROMPT: Go somewhere you don’t usually go and make a connection with it. Think about a familiar place it reminds you of and why. Think of someone you know who has been there or would love to be there. Talk to someone and find a connection with him/her (like the same sport team, loved the same subject, have the same hobby). Use that connection to start a story outline or germ or idea cluster.