Posted in Taylor, Writing Prompts

365 Writing Prompts!

Hey guys,

So I just randomly stumbled upon this little gem a few minutes ago and wanted to share it with all of you.

This link comes from Linda, the Book Lady on YouTube (but I found it on Pinterest): http://lindajm.hubpages.com/hub/writing-prompts-for-creative-writing-inspiration

So, just as the title of this post says, here you will find 365 writing prompts. Ususally, writing prompts don’t help me much because they’re something like this, “write a story about a purple Alien named Fred who lost his hat in the New York City subway, and also he has a pink eye.” (If you can’t tell, I completely made that up off the top of my head, but feel free to use it if you’re desperate. 😉 ) Basically, though, they’re all too detailed. Seriously. An alien named Fred will fit nowhere in my current story.

But these prompts are different. They’re only a few words like, “direct opposites” or “it is red,” so you still have room to be creative and they seem like they would fit easily into any story. Plus, have I mentioned there’s 365 of them?!

I loved this list so much that I wrote a few down. Enjoy!

*Note: The months aren’t in order, but it wasn’t a big deal because the prompts are so good.*

Until next time,

Taylor

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Posted in Random Round Up

Jobe Sends Four or Five Little Happies Your Way

Ursula K. LeGuin says, “Submit your work for publication, methodically. And don’t quit. Ever.”

writenow
Brenda Ueland says , “You should feel when writing…like a child stringing beads in kindergarten – happy, absorbed, quietly putting one bead on after another.” http www dot brainpickings dot orgIf you haven’t yet, check out http://www.brainpickings.org
They are terrific.

Posted in Nanowrimo

Jobe Recaps on the Nano Experience

Nano is done! And regular life has resumed. For students, myself included, that may mean the stress of finals, but at least that’ll be done soon, too, and then (if you’re like me) it’ll be time to catch up on all your favorite tv shows! So how’d you do? I finished at 46,500 words, and guess what. I consider it a solid win. It wasn’t 50k, that’s true, but I worked hard, I focused, I challenged myself, I prioritized my writing. And those are all big wins.

Here’s how I stack up against my prior self for the second half of the month:

November 2014 vs November 2011

  1. 3032                 3136
  2. xmas shopping 1004
  3. 2007                 knitting
  4. homework        1070
  5. class                 tv
  6. work event        tv
  7. 1668                 tv
  8. family                knitting
  9. chores              3401
  10. class                 3333
  11. travel                4267
  12. 4725                 3053
  13. 7978                 7831
  14. 1892                 (done)
  15. 4500                 (done)

So it looks like if I had done some writing on the 24th, 25th, and 26th I might have achieved the 50k, as other days were similar. It was fun to see that the 28th was a huge writing day both years. This November I took off 14 of my 30 days. Yikes! That’s almost half! In 2011 I only took off 10 days.

The best part of Nano was feeling like I had an important project to be working on and thinking about throughout the month, and that project was my writing. I used Write or Die and Written Kitten and enjoyed both a lot.

The thing I wish I’d done differently was kept up more consistency with writing every single day. After a long night in class or at work, I often felt the idea of writing one or two thousand words would just be too tough. In retrospect I wish I had told myself it would be okay to write just 500 words, say. (If I had written 500 words each day that I instead wrote none, I would have had an extra 7000 words!) Maybe even just 100 words on those days. It’s okay to take breaks, but it’s okay to break down the bigger goals into smaller, more manageable pieces. Moving forward I want to have a daily writing goal even if it’s a tiny one.

What about you? How was your nano? I’d love to hear your story.

And as always, Keep Writing.

Jobe

Posted in Taylor

Let’s Play Favorites!

Hey, Taylor here!

We’re starting a new series here at Inklings where we talk about our favorite authors.

For me, though, it’s a little more complicated than just listing my favorite authors (yes, there are more than one). I tend to pick my favorite authors based on a certain book. For example, while I love Nicholas Sparks (I’m sure you’re surprised), one of the reasons he makes my list of favorites is for his book, The Last Song.

I cannot tell you how much I love this book, and it’s not because of the great writing or even the picture-perfect romance between Ronnie and Will; it’s because it made me cry. Really cry, like bawl-my-eyes-out-can’t-see-anything-acting-like-my-cat-just-died, cry.

Yeah, that kind.

And that’s a big deal for me. A huge deal. It’s only ever happened that one time.

I’m not a crier. Not at movies, or books, but that changed when (SPOILER ALERT!!) it was revealed that Ronnie’s dad had cancer. It was horrible, tragic, and it tapped into my fears of one day potentially losing my dad. Any author that can make me feel that deeply, that authentically, deserves to make my list.

So, thanks, Nicholas Sparks for making me cry.

Until next time,

Taylor