Rapping about Wrapping

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I’m obsessed with this song that I found recently. It has a powerful message of self-empowerment and female empowerment. Check out Hijabi by Mona Haydar and listen to the lyrics about how this woman shows her strength through her clothing. I like that while the song deals with the specific issues that women wearing this style of head garment encounter she still is inclusive of all women in her song’s message. Write a scene in which your character uses what makes her seem different from a crowd to empower herself. Be it a difference in beliefs, gender, fashion choice, religion, or even a combination of them.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Internet Inspiration: Legends Never Quit

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I found this set of images that collect the struggle of people who are now very successful in their chosen career paths. Some of them had much darker pasts than I was aware of. But as sad as it is that each of them went through these hardships they are all powerful motivational figures now. Check out the images below to see the struggle that came before success for each of these famous figures. Write a character like these people that had to struggle for years before succeeding. How does your protagonist relate to this character? Does your protagonist ever get the chance to meet this person?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Contrary Character 

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I finished Catch 22 this week and can’t say that I was a fan. But at least I can feel confident in saying I don’t think I will find a group of characters that contradict each other and themselves nearly as much as this group does. Write a scene where your character encounters someone that contradicts everything to the point of being nonsensical. Is the character insane or trying to make it seem like they are for some reason?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Drinking Out Of Art

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

For once, I’ve found an Etsy product that isn’t too expensive! These custom growlers are from an Etsy page for Sigil and Growler. I’m not really a beer drinker personally, but if I saw these bottles in the store, I’d buy them for the beer drinkers in my life with the caveat that they had to return the bottle to me after it’s empty. My favorites are the tarot card designs. I’m already imagining a scene where drinking from the different tarot card beers would allow you to see the future. Write a scene where your character finds unexpected beauty in a bar. Does your character enjoy drinking or does she find this beauty despite not really caring for her surroundings?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Bringing New Experiences

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Miley Cyrus released a video for her new song Malibu last week. Her music has always been a little hit or miss for me. This time around I’m not impressed, to be honest. It is a sweet love song, but there’s nothing that hooked me in it. Still, the lyrics talk about the love interest introducing her to new things. I think that this is something that we should always look forward to when bringing new people into our lives. Write a scene about the pleasant new experiences that your character has when she brings a new person into her life.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Internet Inspiration: Able To Call For Help

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I almost scrolled past this video at first until I read the captions that people had attached. The video features the audio of a 911 call that is rather upsetting but the concept of giving someone a way to reach out and ask for help even when they feel like they’re being watched is important. This is a bit of a dark prompt but write a scene in which your character has to find a secretive way to ask for help? How hard is it for your character to seek out help in this moment?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: Weatherbeaten

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Weatherbeaten, a brand new literary magazine seeking words new works for submission. Now accepting poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, hybrid works, and art for its inaugural issue. This no-fee, no-pay market is reading until June 1, 2017. Check their website and submit up to 2,500 words of prose or three to five poems by email to weatherbeatenlit@gmail.com.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Really Bad First Day

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I just finished a couple of books by Emily Skrutskie called The Abyss Surrounds Us and The Edge of the Abyss. They were based in an interesting fantasy world that broke up the United States into several smaller countries. This character is going on her first-time solo mission when things go horribly wrong. It seems like there’s always that worry but rarely, in reality, do things go this badly. Write a scene where your character is starting something new and has a terrible first time at it. Does your character want to give up altogether? Or does this failure motivate her to try again?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

A Parents Support Or Lack There Of

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I rewatched Zootopia today, and I was more disturbed this time around by how against Judy’s dream her parents were. I know that as parents they wanted to protect her but had she not been a boundless optimist for the beginning of her life she’d never have made it past her parents’ lack of support. Did your character’s parents always support her dreams? Write a scene about a time where your character’s parents were less than supportive. Is it out of a place of love or were they just not the best parents?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Prints From The City

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Berlin-based art collective Raubdruckerin (which translates to pirate printer) uses parts of the city to create guerilla printing presses, adding ink to manhole covers, grates, and street tiles to create utilitarian designs on t-shirts and bags. I love this idea. It’s a bit like carrying a part of your hometown with you everywhere you go. Write a scene where your character finds a way of representing her hometown in the way she dresses.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades