Monday, July 20, 2009

News to Muse

You never know what it is that strikes inspiration into the heart of the muse. We have an intersection near our home that is dangerous. Hills that make it hard to see, narrow roads, only a two way stop. Driving through that intersection has planted the seed for a story, but my story involves time travel. The ways of the muse are marvelously creative.

Pumping Your Muse Prompt:

Today we'll expose our muse to the news. Take a look at the following headlines and see which one tickles your muse. Write down ideas as they come to you and write an opening paragraph to capture the idea generated by the news story.

There are a variety of choices here. I'd love to hear where your muse takes you on this one!

Donna Sundblad
Author of Pumping Your Muse

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Then and Now

Today's writing prompt we're going to use history to help develop a scene. This prompt was inspired by the most recent Twilight Zone marathon. One of the episodes had a scene of children playing. Some on a teeter totter, a few jumping rope, and other such activities. and having fun. I thought of children today and how the scene might be in front of a screen of some sort...TV, computer, maybe even a game of some sort to which they are plugged in electronically.

Pumping Your Muse Prompt

Today's prompt will will generate two scenes. One "Then" and one "Now". Have fun with it. If you want to go back to the 1940's, medieval times...or whenever you want, that's fine. OR if you want to flip the exercise you can go into the future for your "Then" scene. Use the following triggers for an idea, or create one of your own.

*Eating Dinner
*Going to a place of worship
*Getting married
*Buying groceries
*Visiting a hospital

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