The Power of Shadows

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I love this collection of images called Shadow Doodles by Vincent Bal. The idea that the doodle itself is only the same when the light is cast a certain way to make the right shadow is so cool. In most of the doodles the shape of things is determined by the lines of the shadow. Think of how this can translate into your writing. Describing the shape of something from it’s shadow can clearly be misleading but it’s definitely a useful tool. We’ve seen it before especially in horror scenes the shadow of a tree branch looking like a monstrous arm has been used plenty of times. Write a scene where that borrows this trick of playing with the shapes of shadows.

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

Adding to the Remix

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I’ve heard the song “Pop Culture” by Madeon a few times and always enjoyed it. It’s a good mix of samples but I think that this video of Disney images spliced together by Lindsay McCutcheon is what really made me fall in love with the song. This is one of those moments that reminds me of how much more amazing something can be with collaboration. Write a scene where your character get the help of someone else on a project that he is passionate about. How does it turn out? Do the characters work well together?

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

Hidden Weapons

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

This ring isn’t really a fashion statement as much as it is a survival tool. In a world that can sometimes be very dangerous this ring is a last fail safe for keeping would be attackers at bay. Write a scene in which your character finds a way to conceal a weapon within an outfit. Why does your character feel the need for a weapon? Is it a last resort in case of danger or does it have a specific purpose?

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

Fear is Fun

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

This time of year especially we are reminded of the joy of a good scare. We make horror movies and horror themed attractions. We decorate our houses to look haunted and otherwise spooky. We do these things for the excitement of scaring each other. So today write a poem that visits the fun side of fear.

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

Fake Memorial

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Artist Joe Reginella created a fake monument, which is located in Battery Park, Manhattan, to honors the 400 victims who perished during a giant octopus attack of a Staten Island ferry named the Cornelius G. Kolff on November 22, 1963, the same day as the assassination of JFK. This false memorial blends in well with all the other weathered landmarks and tricks some tourists into thinking these were real events. The artist takes this a step further with a fake website to go along with the memorial. This is possibly the most artistic prank I’ve ever seen. Find a way to let it inspire a scene either with some fake history of your own or an elaborate/artistic prank.

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

Unconventionally Romantic

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

When we’re writing poetry there are a lot of clichés of things that are considered romantic. And while I’m a fan of taking the cliché and making it fresh it’s also good to take on the unexpected. Today, write a poem that shows ideas that are unconventionally romantic. Think about things that you do for your romantic partner that get overlooked. Why aren’t these romantic gestures something that we see more in poems or even in other media forms?

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

Taking Care of Me

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I’ve been getting “Me, Myself, & I” by G-Eazy and Bebe Rexha stuck in my head a lot lately. It’s mostly the Bebe Rexha part that I relate to and gets stuck with me. The idea or feeling of being alone in the world is something that a lot of go through. But the feeling of being able to handle it is a little harder to come by. Write a scene where your character has to be self-reliant. Why can’t he count on anyone else in this scenario? (Strong Language Warning For the Video. Probably a bit too much swearing to watch at work.)

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

Internet Inspiration: Weird Town Names

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I found this cool map of the United States that has the weirdest town name for each state on it. Some of them are definitely pretty out there. Take inspiration from one of these strangely named towns and write an imagining of what you think it’s like there. How do you think that the town got it’s name? What do it’s citizens think of the odd name of the town in your story?

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

Poetic Forms: The Palindrome

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The Palindrome is a form that is written the same way backwards and forwards, much like words of the same name. Punctuation can be different between the two halves. That way both halves make sense grammatically but it’s not a true palindrome if you change the order of the words or add extras to force something to make sense. The only word that won’t be repeated is the one directly in the middle. It is the turning point in the poem where you start using the words backwards.

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: TINGE Magazine

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

TINGE Magazine, Temple University’s online literary journal, is seeking submissions of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2016. You can submit one prose piece or interview of up to twenty-five double-spaced pages or up to three poems online: https://tingemagazine.submittable.com/submit.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades