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February Prompt: Superpowers and A Sexy Spandex Mercenary

Hello my sexy spandex-covered minions!

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February 2016 begins a special month. And no, it’s actually not because it’s Leap Year or because there’s Valentine’s Day. It’s because February marks some big goals beginning and one of the most exciting cinematic “debuts” to hit the silver screen.

First, let’s discuss my impending revisions for Dollhouse Daughter. It’s been two months since I’ve graduated with my MFA and I’ve let the manuscript sit and percolate and my brain to forget all of late nights and dead end ideas while writing her third full draft.

It’s time for……..REVISIONS, EDITS, AND CUTS.

Dun dun duuuuuuuuun!

[gasp here please]

But Mistress Spotted Writer (yes, yes that’s me), revisions stink. Why not take more time away and work on something new. Give yourself a bit of break. They tell you to leave a manuscript for 6 months before revising again. Well, they don’t have a second half of a book to write and major structural arcs to re-develop. I do. And so, as I journey this February into the land of red pen markings and cut up manuscript pages, but not without some built-in fun.

Now, onto the fun part of February. If you haven’t guess by the first photo in the post it’s:

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Deadpool. I’ve never been more excited about a comic book movie. Even when I learned that Emma Frost was going to be in Wolverine Origins (she wasn’t bad) and then in X-Men First Class (where the writers kind of dug Emma Frost into the ground. Sorry January Jones, not your fault) I was not this excited. Arguably, my interest lies most in Ryan Reynolds’s being cast as Deadpool rather than my love of Deadpool. Don’t worry, I love the Merc with a Mouth plenty, but it’s the perfect casting that makes me so excited.

Reynolds has been preparing for this role since he was born. He fits the character’s background and style to a tee, and he loves the character. With those elements, plus the correct rating (R for Really Fuckin’ Awesome), add a sprinkle of delightfully on point soundtrack music, and a devoted and equally enthusiastic director and you have the recipe for the perfect comic book movie.

And thus my excitement and LOVE of the Deadpool movie has inspired a very SUPER list of writing prompts for this month.

deadpool2As usual you have until the last week of February 2/22-2/28 to submit to me your piece so that I can publish it on my blog for all of my followers and the world to read. This month I’ll be better about reminders and perhaps even slip in a submission of my own since all of these prompts are so crazy this month. Send all submissions to Amyoung0606@gmail.com

Just remember, Deadpool never gives up when he wants to kill someone, and this exercise is to help you never give up on your writing,  to have fun, and maybe even kick some bad guys in the chimichangas. Don’t feel you have to make it perfect or share. Just write. Write for you. Write for your character. Write for Deadpool. Just write something and get your creativity on the page/screen.

February Prompts:

1. Write a story about a garage sale that isn’t full of your usual selection of ragtag junk but instead is offering bargain prices of intangible, abstract items like “true love,” “unbreakable courage,” the ability to control minds,” “x-ray visios,” etc.

2. Write a story about a character who goes on vacation for the summer, suffered in an accident (chemical spill, magic spell, car crash, ice cream accident) and returns home with a superpower that is summer-themed. Like harnessing the sun to make laser beam from their palms or they can turn any food or liquid into ice cream at will.

3. The idea of casting a love spell on someone is unethical because it takes away that person’s free will. The love is therefore not real. Write a story about a character who casts a love spell on another character.

Happy reading and writing! And don’t forget:

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Day 7: 12 Days of Blogmas

Thanks to my weekend of Star wars shenanigans, I am thus very behind on this 12 days of Blogmas, but that just means you won’t have to wait a day for me to post. Multiple posts a day!

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Today I share with you some tips on finding great prompts. This may seem like an easy…”just google it” answer, but there is an abundance of terrible sites and prompts mixed in with the good ones. It can be a hunt just to find one. So, here are some of the sites where I’ve found consistent, good content for you future use.

WritingForward.com: I will note that this website is as much a general resource site as it is for prompts. It holds a plethora of solid, useful information. I would suggest this to anyone and use it often. There are at least four different categories (creative writing, fiction, journal, and poetry) and then specific themes or ideas for each post. One of my personal favorites is the Character Driven Prompts. It’s an opportunity not only to get to know your character, but to find motivations for them through past experiences and little details about their personality to help you make the story the best it can be.

What I love most about the site is that it’s written by writers, for writers, and to benefit the writing community. We writers in our solitude sometimes focus so much on what we’re doing that it’s hard to think of the overall community. So, I’m so thrilled that someone, several someones, are looking out for us keyboard/pen pushers and giving us little bits to learn from.

Language Is A Virus: This is a relatively new find for me, but a glorious one nonetheless. The phenomenal algorithm or sorcery that generates these prompts is genius on a page! I love the randomness of the generator and that the site also includes interesting tidbits about famous authors, their ideas on the craft, and their history. It’s a great resource for a spontaneous writing sprint!

Awesome Writing Prompts: As the name of the site indicates, there are awesome prompts to be found on this site in the form of tumblr posts. There are numbered posts on a mostly infinite scroll. It’s basically the holy grail of limitless, clever prompts. I suggest, even if you don’t plan on writing to just check it out and see for yourself how great they are.

With these few suggestions in mind there are a ton of possibilities for you in the future. And if you need help deciding which one to use first, I’m always available to give my opinion.

So, my minions, go now and roam the interweb’s treasure trove of prompts and…

Happy reading and writing!

 

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