Feeling Nostalgic

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem about feelings of nostalgia. What is it that you feel nostalgic for? Is it a physical thing that you miss? Why don’t you have this thing in you life anymore? Or is it an experience? Why don’t you do these things anymore? Is it something you’ve out grown? Or is it not available anymore?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Carve Me Some Shoes

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Etsy is a dangerous site guys. I swear I could waste so much money on there if I actually had any money. I found a store on there that sells these shoes that combine old school wood carving with platform wedge heels. Sometimes it amazes me what people come up with creatively speaking. I mean I sort of want to buy these just because they’re so pretty even though I’m fairly sure they don’t come in my size. Check these shoes out and then write a scene that features them or a unique shoe of your own design. What elements of style and design would bring together to make something original?

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Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

It’s My Curse

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem about the idea of being cursed. Do you ever feel like you actually are cursed? If so, why? Or do you have something in your life that you refer to as a curse? It could be in a joking way, like when someone says “Why are you always on time?” and you respond “I can’t help it. It’s my curse.” Whichever way you take it I’m sure you’ll find a creative approach.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Break Up Pastries

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

“Eat Your Heart Out” is a series of words remembered from break-ups reimagined as something sweet by Isabella Giancarlo. When I first saw them I thought that they were someone’s attempt to break up with someone else in a creative way. Taking old clichés and breathing new life into them by presenting them in a new format. Write a scene where your character finds a new way to break up with someone or someone finds a new way to break up with your character.

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Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Sad Word Poetry

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem about the saddest word or phrase you can think of. Almost and Maybe are two big ones for me. There is so much potential in them that isn’t quite seen through to the end. There is a lot of disappointment waiting in those words. Think past the words literal meaning.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Living With An Abundance of Confidence

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Meghan Trainor had a week of releases just pass, starting with the video for her new song “Me Too” and follow soon after by her new album Thank You. Almost every article I read on the new video of “Me Too” described it as silly or wacky. But more than just silly fun you can see it as a message of self-confidence from the singer. There is no shortage of hate online for every pop star, Meghan Trainor is no exception there, but this song has a feeling of living the life you want without caring what other people have to say. Write a scene of your character acting with this level of confidence. Does your character always act with this level of confidence or is this a particularly good day/situation?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Role Reversal

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem about a role reversal that you think you would struggle with. If you are a natural leader, how do you feel you’d do as a follower? If you are the one always taken care of, how do you think you’d do at taking care of someone else? What about the opposite role is intimidating to you? Do you think you could succeed in that role because of strengths you’ve gained in the opposite role?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Internet Inspiration: Creating Words

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I found the screenshot of the conversation below online and laughed for several minutes because Hexting sounds like something I would do. I love the casual invention of a word here though. I feel like hexting could totally be something that magical teens are doing these days to get back at each other or play pranks on each other. Try to make up a word of your own to insert into dialogue between your characters. What does the word mean? How did your character invent it? Will it become a trendy new slang in your story?

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Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Poetic Form: The Haiku

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Just in case you’re unfamiliar with the form, haikus are three lines long with a 5-7-5 syllable count for each line respectively. They are traditionally written about nature or natural things. But that isn’t a hard and fast rule these days. I had friends that would pass notes in class but they would only use the haiku form for each message they were writing. It was a cool idea, especially since we were in creative writing class if the teacher caught them she’d be more impressed by the form than mad about note passing. Anyway write a haiku or two of your own today.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: Stirring

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Stirring’s themed issue this year will focus on motherhood. For this issue guest-edited by Anne Hornfeldt, the editors are looking for poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction that examines all facets of the realm of motherhood from birth, to bottle, and everything in between. Please send up to five poems, up to 5,000 words of prose, or up to five photos in the body of an email to the appropriate email address, with the subject line including the term MOTHERHOOD. For proper email addresses and further guidelines check out their site: http://www.sundresspublications.com/stirring/submit.htm.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades