Name Recognition

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem that discusses the value of names. Do you feel strongly that naming things is important? Or does a rose by any other name still smell as sweet for you? In some magical stories knowing someone’s true name gives you power over them. In others, your given name can determine your destiny. Do you put any stock in these ideas? Are there other myths about names that you will consider in your poem?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

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

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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

Beauty In Diversity

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I’ve been listening to Pharrell Williams’ “Come Get It Bae” all week. I first heard the song in association with an Instagram video from Urban Dance Camp. Koharu Sugawara choreographed a number and featured Yuki Shibuya in it and I’ve watched their video so many times I’ve lost count. Pharrell’s video opens with the words “Beauty has no expiration date” on the screen. It consists diverse women dancing to the song. The song itself isn’t really all that special, but I have a lot of positive associations with how much fun all these lady’s look like they have dancing in these videos. It reminds me that beauty doesn’t have to conform to a standard set by other people. Write a scene that explores many types of beauty.

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

Tangled In Deception

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I watched Tangled again this week. As with most Disney movies, the villain is my favorite part. They usually get the best song and their motivations are almost always more interesting than those of the heroes. Mother Gothel’s motivation for keeping Rapunzel hostage is the magic healing power of Rapunzel’s hair. But her means of holding onto Rapunzel in this story are fear mongering and emotional manipulation. Rapunzel is emotionally abused and thinks that she’s being kept safe there. Write a scene of your own that explores these tactics of manipulation.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Sudden and Intense Urges

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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