Finding a New Genre

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Freelance illustrator Ástor Alexander has some cool work in his portfolio that gamers and anime fans will really appreciate. They have a very film noir/pulp fiction (genre not the movie) vibe. I like these bottom two the most but check out the rest at the link above. Take inspiration from this art and try telling a story that you’re familiar with in a new genre. How do you have to change the story and characters to make them fit into the new genre?

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Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

It’s News To Me

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Find a news story that speaks to you poetically. Hit up the headlines on whichever news sites or newspapers that you enjoy the most. What about the story do you find poetic? How can you work pieces of the story into a more poetic format? How does the story relate to you? Can you draw from your own experiences to further connect emotion to the story?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Bad Girls Gang

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I watched the first episode of Orphan Black again the other day and there is a scene that features “Bad Girls” by M.I.A. Every time I hear this song it gets stuck in my head for a crazy long time. I just imagine it as the song that would be playing as a group of strong female characters walk into a scene. I posted the video below which features some pretty cool car tricks that I can totally imagine those characters pulling off. Take inspiration from the song and write your own group of “bad girls.”

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Before the World Ends…

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem about something that you would want to do before the world ends if you knew that it was going to end. Why wouldn’t you do this activity without the pressure of the end of the world? What’s holding you back? Would you regret not doing it in your lifetime?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Internet Inspiration: Tombstones

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I saw the picture featured below as part of a long post on Tumblr but it was enough to distract me for a while. Think about what your character would want on his tombstone. Think about what the people your character would leave behind might feel is appropriate. Write a scene that features a tombstone with something odd on it or features your characters discussing tombstones. What if there was a world where your tombstone was a four word review of the way you lived your life. That’s what the one from the picture below makes me think of at least.

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

Poetic Form: The Abecedarian

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

The Abecedarian poem is similar to the acrostic in that the first letter of each line is important. But this time instead of spelling out a hidden message the first letters form the full alphabet. So you’re looking at doing a twenty-six line poem with some odd starting words on those lines. The U, X, and Z are always tough ones to get in there while still having the poem sound natural. This is gonna be a poem where your subject matter can be especially helpful or hurtful to your flow. For instance if you’re writing a poem about your obsession with words it’s easy to explain away lines that start with uncommon letters. No matter what you all choose as your subjects I’m sure that you’ll find creative ways to make it work though.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: Verse

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

VERSE is currently considering submissions of twenty to forty pages in any genre for its next print edition. Contributors receive $10/page, $250 minimum. Submit in any genre (including hybrid/cross-genre work and visual art) online: http://verse.submittable.com. The deadline is February 15th and there is a $10 entry fee.

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: The Crawl Space Journal

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

The Crawl Space Journal is looking for great writing, especially short forms: poems, prose, and flash fiction, within the realms of magical realism, fabulism, and fantasy, for our Spring Issue. They accept novel excerpts (up to1,500 words) if they stand alone. The audience for The Crawl Space Journal is mainly between the ages of eleven and fourteen. To submit, please send a Microsoft Word document with your name and contact information in the left hand corner to  Thecrawlspacejournal@gmail.com. Include a cover letter with a third person bio in the body of the email. The deadline is February 22 this year.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

The Way It All Works

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I’m reading this compilation of zombie stories and it is pretty interesting to see the different rules that the authors set up in each one. Some people like running zombies, some people like slow ones, some people write the virus as something that infects through contact with zombies, and some people write it as an airborne virus that’s already infected everyone. There are so many different takes on this genre. The same can be said of the world of vampires too. The rules tend to vary from story to story with them as well. I think this is something that can be applied to regular people though too. It’s all about point of view. Write a few stories from different points of view. If you are into the zombie or vampire thing test out different sets of rules. But if you’re writing stories based on normal people the differences in the way the world works can come from a few places. Maybe they are of different religious backgrounds and that brings uniqueness to the interpretation of the world in each story. Or maybe they are from different socio-economic backgrounds or maybe they literally see the world differently because their brain works differently. There are many different factors that can change the way a person sees the world. Show that variety in your stories. Start off trying to write between a paragraph and a page from three very different points of view and see where it takes you.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Despite My Logic

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Are there any feelings that you give in to despite logically knowing that they are ridiculous? For example letting yourself feel scared by a cockroach. (Yes this is a person example.) Logically I know that I’m a giant in comparison to this bug and could crush it with a swift motion but still they get under my skin. Write about that feeling. Why do you think logic has no power to push the feeling from your mind? Don’t let yourself be embarrassed even if you think it’s a silly feeling. I’m pretty sure most everyone is illogical about something.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades