Notepad Art

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

The Omoshiro Block is probably the coolest designer memo pad I’ve seen in a long while. The creators utilize laser-cutting technology to create these notepads that leave behind a beautiful design as you use them up. As far as I’ve been able to find these nifty notepads are only available in Japan where they are produced, but maybe one day I’ll find one of my very own. For now, draw inspiration from the Omoshiro Block and write a scene where your character finds something artistic on a memo pad.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Difficulty With Decisions

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Are you the type of person who makes decisions easily or who struggles with even small decisions? Write a poem about the difficulty in making decisions. Even if you don’t personally have much trouble making decisions try to empathize and imagine what it is like. Think about the anxiety that comes with the wrong choice. Are other people involved in the decision? How does that change things?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Better than Expected

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem about the most recent experience you had that turned out better than expected. What was the event or experience? What had you been expecting? How did it differ from expectations? Was it dramatically better than you thought it would be? Like were you dreading going to some social gathering only to be surprised that there were some cool people there or even better a really friendly cat? Whatever it was put us in the experience and show us how much better it was than you anticipated.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Plotting 101

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

So after reading Libbie Hawker’s outlining book Take Off Your Pants! I decided to check out John Truby’s The Anatomy of Story.  She had recommended it so highly that I had to see what the hype was about. While Libbie Hawker’s book is good for those that just need to get a better handle on plotting their books, John Truby’s book is a more encompassing guide for beginning writers. If you’re not sure where to start with writing full-length novels or films this could be a good place to start getting ideas. There are a lot of examples used to try to help you understand. If you’re not a beginner though you’re probably already familiar with a lot of the stuff that he covers in this book.  Write a scene where your character learns something new from familiar examples.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Sudden and Intense Urges

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Are you ever taken by an urge so suddenly that you are already acting on it before you notice it interrupted something else? I call it the “drop everything” urge and I love it when I’m dropping everything to write. It isn’t always for such great things though. Write a poem about an urge this strong and sudden. Is it a good or bad urge in your poem?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Try It Another Way

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I used to write all of these writing prompts on my computer despite the fact that I usually write everything else by hand. I find it kind of funny that I never even really considered doing it a different way. But now that I have tried an alternative it feels far less stressful. Have you ever had a situation like this where just considering other options you hadn’t before makes it easier? Write a poem about how straying from what you know or are used to can help make things easier.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Fighting Self Doubt

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I came across this really encouraging comic on tumblr this week by Nate Swinehart. It is an issue that most creative people struggle with and I think you’ll appreciate is. Check it out. Write a scene about your character handling self doubt. Do they do it well? They might not every time but make sure they keep trying. And make sure you keep trying too. “The Plan” https://www.inprnt.com/gallery/nateswinehart/the-plan/

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Hidden Message Poems

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem that has some type of coded message hidden in it. Will you use a code that already exists? Or will you make a code of your own imagining? How noticeable will the code be just by looking at the poem? For example, if you decide to use random capitalization those out of place capital letters are quick to be noticed. Will the coded message relate to the subject matter or some other aspect of the peom?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Warning the Children

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I’ve been thinking about the horrible histories and content of children’s rhymes today. Many of them are meant as lessons or warning for children, hence the dark subject matter. Think about things you would want to warn children about for this generation. Once you’ve picked your modern day horror, write a nursery rhyme about this dark subject to warn children away from it.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

The Bones of Your Writing

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I’ve continued my reading of writerly books with Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down The Bones. This book might feel like a waste of time if you’ve been writing for a while or studied writing a lot already. But if you’re just getting into writing and not sure where to start reading this could be a good start. The two best pieces of advice to take away from this book are to write every day and keep a list of subjects that interest you. More specifically than just write every day, Goldberg recommends a daily timed stream of consciousness/free writing session. She believes it will help clear your mind so you can ready yourself for more directed writing. I think it is worth a try. Maybe test out a couple weeks of free writing every day before trying to write more on your current project. The list of subjects makes a good jumping off points if you’re not sure where to start with a free write. Or use the writing prompts posted by me daily here and on my Tumblr. Inspired by this experiment to free write, try writing a scene where your character switches something up in their daily routine. Is it something as small as a new tooth past or something as drastic as switching from driving to biking to work?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades