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

The Joy of Movement

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I decided to start the year off on a random note so I hit the shuffle on my music and am basing today’s prompt on the first song to play. That song happened to be Boogie Feet off Kesha’s album Rainbow. This is one of my favorite song off the album because it captures the need for a little silly fun from time to time. My favorite line is “the body needs a good shaking, let the brain fill up with the good vibrations.” I think it’s true that there is joy in moving. It doesn’t have to be dancing necessarily. Write a scene about your character finding joy in movement, whether it is dancing or running or boxing or something else entirely.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

All Your Favorite Monsters Dancing

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“The Monster Mash” is one of my favorite Halloween Songs! It is completely corny but it never fails to make me smile. All the classic monsters get mentioned in the lyrics. Do you have a favorite among the monsters mentioned in the song? Write a scene that makes mention of your favorite classic monster from “the Monster Mash.” Whether it is an actual appearance by that creature or just a casual mention by one of your characters, find a way to get your monster in there.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Dancing With Skeletons

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Happy First Week of Halloween BTs! I thought it would be fun to theme this month’s fiction posts towards Halloween since it is neck and neck with Christmas for my favorite holiday. Today I’ve found a remixed version of a Halloween classic “Spooky Scary Skeletons.” I legitimately would dance to this in a club. It makes me happy. Inspired by this song write a scene that features a skeleton in some way. Is it a human skeleton? Who was it? What happened to them?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Praying to Rise Again

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Any of you that is a Ke$ha fan knows what she’s been going through and why she hasn’t been able to put out music. But it would seem that she has finally made her way back to making new songs. Her new single “Praying” is out, as is the official video for it. I’ve already pre-ordered her new album and can’t wait to see what she’s got in store for us. This single though definitely has a “rising from the ruins” feeling to it. Take inspiration from the feeling of this song and write a scene where your character getting back up after struggling for a period.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

My Next Summer Song

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I think I just found my summer song for this year! I’m obsessed with “Worlds on Fire” by Zerbin. Okay so technically it is from two years ago, but my friend showed it to me just a few days ago. It has that perfect feeling of youthful abandon to its lyrics. Write a scene that captures that perfect feeling of summer. This scene should happen in a time when your character was young and hopeful and just a little too reckless with too much time on her hands.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Feeling Pressured

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I’ve been feeling like “Under Pressure” by Queen featuring David Bowie has extremely relatable lately. We all face different pressures in life. It isn’t fair to compare the amount of pressure that you handle to the pressure of others. You have to take on the amount you can without it hurting you. Write a scene about your character feeling like she has reached the limit of how much pressure she can handle in her life.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Unreasonable Expectations 

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I’ve been listening to Demi Lovato’s album Confident a lot the last few day. And while it might be silly, I can’t stop thinking about how unreasonable the line “Die for each other” is in her song “Cool for the Summer.” We jump from what sounds like a summer fling to being willing to give up our lives for each other. The song is really catchy but I can’t help but laugh at that line. Today write a scene that includes a character having very unreasonable expectations of those around them. 

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers, 

The Boy In The Heart Shades 

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

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