- Think back to a time when you saw a stranger say or do something that that caught your attention. Write one page from the stranger’s point of view about what they are doing and why.
- A jewel-encrusted box is found in an ancient abandoned temple. Describe the box, what is in the box, and the temple. See where it takes you.
- Take some time out of your day to people watch. This works especially well in a coffee shop, restaurant, or some other public place where interaction is the norm. Jot down observations about the people around you. Describe a loner, a couple, someone how works in this public area. How do they interact? What’s their body language say about them at this point in time? How does the employee react to those around him?
- Three characters enter a room; an old embittered woman, angry at life and full of regret, a young idealistic boy, and a mother of a newborn baby. How does each character describe the room?
- Begin with the words, “have you forgotten me?” Write for 25 minutes.
Five Words – create, east, novel, express, share
Join fellow travelers at the Amelia Library on Friday, May 11th at 10:30 a.m. as we chat about travel websites and the Mango language database. The Mango Language database is available on the library website. It is a database where you can learn a few foreign phrases to use during your travels or learn a language in-depth for more extensive travel.
Clermont County library also has language learning materials on CD and phrase books and dictionaries that can be checked out.
During our chat we will explore some of the websites on the internet.
Most of the major travel guide companies have websites that are easy to access such as Fodors, Frommers, Lonely Planet and Tripadvisor. Many include reviews and travel tips by other travelers.
The CDC is a website maintained by the Centers for Disease Control that will give you updates on needed vaccinations and travel alerts.
The State Department provides information about passports and the National Park Service has information on the National Parks. The National Park Service has recently devoted a webpage to Civil War History for the 150 years anniversary.
If you are looking for alternative transportation Airlines, Buses, and Trains all have their own website where you get information about making reservations and travel. Travel Apps are also available for your mobile phone.
Don’t leave home uninformed. Join us at the Amelia Library as we explore travel resources on Friday, May 11th.
1. Write about something you really dislike. Here is your chance to go for the jugular. Let your emotions flow into your writing.
2. Recount a somewhat serious anecdote – real or a fictional one – in the form of a joke. Use the rhythms and the voice you use when telling a joke, such as premise, setup and punch line.
3. You’re at lunch when your Smartphone buzzes with an e-mail from your boss: “Don’t forget, we have a meeting in 10 minutes.” Of course you did forget, so you rush out of the restaurant and attempt to make it before it starts. But a crazy chain of events stops you from getting back in time for the meeting.
4. You’ve just moved into a new house and are fixing it up. In the process of painting you find an odd crack in the wall. As you explore further, you find out it’s a secret passageway—and you have no idea where it leads. You decide to grab a flashlight and go exploring.
5. Invent a character that has two personality traits that are completely incompatible, that don’t fit together at all. For example: this character is incredibly messy and is also a total perfectionist. Or: this character is a pacifist and also has a really explosive temper. Or: this character believes in strict, traditional family values but is promiscuous by nature. You decide. Then think of a situation in which these two sides of your character would be in direct conflict with each other. Write the story.
plant, exchange, wreath, river city, stripes
The Amelia Writer’s Group will meet again on Tuesday, April 24th at 6:00 p.m. All adult writers are welcome.
Try the following prompts!
1. Write about your family, making them the very first family, living in a cave, killing the occasional mastodon. How long could your family survive? Describe in detail your surroundings, what life is like. Have fun with this one.
2. Write a scene in which a character professes feelings of guilt but clearly does not feel that way. Use action, gesture and voice to signal her true feelings.
3. Write a scene as observed by a character on the fringe of the action. If you want choose an event from another prompt or writing.
4. Write a story based on a myth or a fairy tale, setting it in contemporary times.
5. Write an excuse for not working today.
Five Words – Write a short story/paragraph. The following five words must appear in your story – Great value, idea, cookie, research, container
Have fun with these.
At the March 27th meeting Jen has agreed to bring a game called The Game of Novel Ideas – Best Sellers. Briefly, the game has cards which have two words on one side and letters on the other. You have two minutes to write as much as you can.
I thought it would be fun to do something a little different. The usual prompts are on the blog if you still want to do that.
The second half of the meeting will be spent sharing projects or writings.
Prompts for March 27
- The Tooth Fairy visits your house in the middle of the night, only she isn’t just taking your children’s teeth. What is she stealing from your house and how do you attempt to stop her?
2. What invention would you like to see in your lifetime?
3. Imagine yourself in a place you like to be (not necessarily someplace you like to *go*). What do you like about it? What are the most intriguing/appealing aspects?
4. Hold your hands out in front of you, palms down. Imagine that you have a total of six strings tied around your fingers. Write about the objects that are dangling from the strings.
5. List the books that you have been reading. Write a letter to the author of one of the books. Give him/her your opinion of the book. Would you recommend it to someone else to read.
Rain, freshly broken, innocence, band, sign
The next meeting of the Amelia Writing Group will be March 13 at 6:00 p.m.
Writing Prompts for March 13th
1, It was a beautiful day so I decided to take a walk into the woods behind my house.
2. A funny thing happened on my way ………………………………
3. A reporter arrives in town and asks odd questions.
4. They had nothing to say to each other.
Little boy, cart, torn page, market, green
At our last meeting we talked about some of the writers conferences and contests coming up. Here is a list of some of them.
1. Mad Anthony’s Writer’s conference April 13-15, 2012 Hamilton Ohio http://writelikemad.com/
2. Antioch Ohio Writers’ workshops http://www.antiochwritersworkshop.com/
3. Chicken Soup for the Soul: New friends (Contest) Nonfiction stories up to 1200 words. http://www.chickensoup.com/form.asp?cid=submit_story
4. America’s Funniest Humor (Contest) – humor stories 750 words or less. http://www.humorpress.com/
5. The Sun – Reader’s Write will publish nonfiction. For a list of the topics and deadlines check the website. http://www.thesunmagazine.org/about/submission_guidelines/readers_write
6. Gotham Writers Contests Deadline – April 30, 2012 http://www.writingclasses.com/ContestPages/writer.php
7. Sisters in Crime – SinC Into Great Writing 2012 Conference, October 3, 2012, Cleveland. http://www.sistersincrime.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=88
8. Grailville, Ohio Upcoming writing workshops in March and April http://www.grailville.org/home.php?ID=39
9. Clarksville Tennessee Writers Conference, June 7-8 http://www.artsandheritage.us/writers/
Checkout this workshop coming up on March 13th.
Celebrating Words and Art
Tuesday, March 13th from 5:00 – 8:00
Local authors and illustrators will be there talking about their work. Might be a good chance for wannabe writers to get some questions answered about getting published.
- Create the scene ……. One Evening at the Mall. Take us there, let us see it, feel it and even taste it.
2. Write a memory related to a holiday.
3. List 50 things you’ll never do.
4. Write about a day in the life of an old wedding dress.
5. Take two people who dislike each other and stick them in the back seat of a cab. Write their dialogue or lack of it. Let us see their body language, feel the emotion.
Benefit, arrow, flight attendant, crumpled paper, globe
Have fun! See you all on the 28th.