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

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

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

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

Designing Tombstones

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I found this link to a site with information on the symbolism found on tombstones. It’s full of interesting tidbits for those of us that love the morbid and macabre. Read up on cemetery symbolism and then design some tombstones of your own. Come up with stories of characters that end up with each tombstone. Or design a tombstone for each of your existing characters.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Avoiding Old Patterns

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

My friend got obsessed with Dua Lipa recently. Her most popular song “New Rules” has a great story music video. Check it out and then write a scene about characters that don’t want to fall back into old patterns. What do your characters do to achieve this goal? Do they make rules for themselves like Dua Lipa? (PS favorite part of this video is that it opens and closes on images of flamingos and I like to pretend that the whole video was the flamingos’ dream.)

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: Universal Table

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Universal Table is looking for pieces on the subject of joy for their Wising Up Anthology. They take prose of under 5000 words or poetry no more than 5 poems. There is no listed submission fee and the deadline is February 1, 2018. See their website for full submission guidelines and how to submit work. They consider dual submissions and previously published work only if informed of this at time of submission.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: Parentheses Journal

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Parentheses Journal is a bi-annual publication, with issues released every March and September. They are seeking submissions of poetry, prose, and art. They request all previously unpublished work. This includes content posted on personal websites, blogs or social media. All responses of acceptance and rejection will be sent 3 weeks after the submission deadline, February 1, 2018. Check out their website for all other submission guidelines. There is no listed submission fee on this one.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Pants Off Planning

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Normally, I like to fill my reading time with fiction, but every so often it is good to read books on craft. I just finished reading Libbie Hawker’s book Take Off Your Pants!: Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing. If you already have your own system for outlining your books or stories, then I don’t know how much this book will help you. It’s a fast read, and it never hurts to hear about how other writers work. If on the other hand, you don’t really know much about outlining a story this book could prove to be an excellent read for you. Whether you end up checking out the book or not, today write a scene that features a character that loves to plan everything out. Do plans always work out for them? If a plan doesn’t work out how do they react?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Here to Entertain

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I went to see The Greatest Showman this week. It was a pretty good movie. I love musicals and it has been a long while since I saw one on the big scene. The character’s in the movie grow more confident through being entertainers for the circus. It’s actually a method that works very well for some people. Write a scene where a character becomes more confident or discovers something new in themselves by performing in front of others.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades