Gorgeous Paper Creations

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Yulia Brodskaya is an artist that creates these gorgeous images using paper. She apparently rolls tiny strips of paper cut outs and arranges them until they form the detailed images that you see below. For some of these it is hard to believe that they are just made out of paper strips. Taking inspiration from these wonderful works of art, write about your character seeing one of these works or about them encountering the living thing that inspired one of these images. The red birds or blue and green woman would both make interesting fantasy creatures for your character to encounter. If you’ve got nothing for either of those write about your character’s experience with trying to distinguish the smaller pieces of a larger whole.

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Keep Finding Art In Ordinary Items Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Driving by Force of Will

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

You know that moment when you’re driving and there is a person coming up on a stop sign only they don’t look like they are gonna stop? In that moment I almost always say “stop” out loud. Now logically I know that they didn’t stop because I commanded it, but when I did that earlier today it made me think what if they had stopped because I commanded them to? As usual my brain took off on a weird path. What if we lived in a world where traffic was controlled by the force of our will. The person to stop in any situation wasn’t stopped by the “rules of the road” but because they weren’t as strong-willed as the other person. Car crashes would happen when two people of equal strength of will where trying to pass each other. It would probably be dangerous and very chaotic. Today write a world that has roads that works this way. Or in a way of your own imagining. Change the laws of traffic.

Keep Driving Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Counting Everything Till We Can’t Count Anymore

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Between my friend telling me about them a few weeks ago and their song “Manners” being this past week’s iTunes Single of the Week, I can’t escape We Are The In Crowd. The band recently released a new music video for the same song. In it there are little labels popping up that count the number of times things have happened. It’s very punk rock OCD. (Granted I’m using playing it fast and loose with the term OCD.) Write a story or character that keeps count of things. Is it keeping count of everything or very specific things that will come together for something larger? That’s up to you BTs. Check out We Are The In Crowd’s “Manners” video to see what I mean if you’re a little fuzzy on the concept still or if you just want to see an interesting video with a good punk song.

Keep Counting Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Action Prompt: Photo Editing

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

For today’s action prompt take a picture or yourself or a friend. Once you’ve got one you like use photo editing apps online or on your phone to change the appearance until you no longer recognize the person. Now write a character based off of this new image. Does this character share any of you or your friend’s qualities? Were you able to get the photo different enough that you couldn’t recognize the person? Maybe have another person judge for you if they can tell who it originally was.

Keep Editing Photos Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call For Submission: The Museum of Words

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

So this sounds really easy but is probably much harder when you get into it. The Museum of Words based in Spain organizes a Flash Fiction Competition every year with a first price of $20,000 and three runner up prizes of $2,000. Stories must be of a maximum of 100 words and can be submitted on English, Spanish, Arab and Hebrew language. With a max of 100 words you better make sure they are the best 100 words ever! The deadline is November 23 for more detail check out their submission page: http://www.museodelapalabra.com/en/short-tales-contest/4-edition/participation-form

Keep It Short But Sweet Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Who Would Raise Your Orphan?

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I just started reading a book my friend has been recommending for months now called The Miseducation of Cameron Post. The story starts by informing us how the main character was orphaned. This got me thinking who would have raised my protagonist if his parents were out of the picture? Write a scene about the person that would have raised your protagonist if you had chosen to write an orphan. Maybe write a scene in an alternate world where this person really did raise your protagonist.

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Keep Parenting Your Characters Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

“He’s a Rebel and He’ll Never Ever Be Any Good.”

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

It’s fairly common to go through a rebellious phase as a teenager. Today write about a character whose rebellious phase was a little different. Did it start early or late compared to the typical teen? Did it never end? Is this character still playing at being a rebel? What is the worst thing that your character did during this rebellious stage? Was it illegal or just immoral? What are the consequences of this rebellion?

Keep Rebelling Against The Man Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Diversity In Your Characters

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

The second season of Faking It premiered this week! I’m more obsessed with this show than I have been with any other show set in high school in a long while. *Spoilers* In the first episode back they revealed that one of the characters is intersex. I still need to do some research to find out exactly what that means scientifically but I appreciate that they continue to add diversity to the characters on this show. It’s a good sample of the many ways that there are to make your characters more diverse. Write a character that introduces you to something new. Don’t just say this character is cuban because you don’t want all your characters to be white. If you’re writing a cuban character do a little research into the culture. The same goes for any other type of diversity. Do the research. There’s nothing worse than alienating the group of people you’re trying to include because you don’t know what you’re talking about.

Keep Writing Diverse Characters Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Repeating Rituals

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write about a ritual that your character performs. What is the significance of it? How often does your character do it? Is it an annual thing like bringing flowers to the grave of someone important on the anniversary of the death? Or is it a daily ritual like praying before bed? What are the steps to getting it right? Let this be something private for your character. Let your character keep it from others not because it’s shameful but because it is sacred.

Keep Performing Your Rituals Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Rearranging Medicine Cabinets!

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a scene that involves your character in another person’s bathroom. Is your character really just in there to answer nature’s call? Or is he snooping for something? Maybe causing a little chaos by rearranging the medicine cabinet.

Keep Snooping In Bathrooms Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades