❉ The 2018 Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest ❉ The theme for the Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest is: “The Magic of ‘If . . .’ Through the Power of Poetry.” There are five categories: If I Could See The Future If I Could Travel Back In Time If I Had A Robot That Knew Everything If I Believed Anything Was Possible If Money Grew On Trees You may submit a maximum of three poems, no more than one in each of three of the five contest categories. Everyone is encouraged to enter the contest. Poets do not have to live in Lincoln to be eligible. Young Poets, 18-years of age or under, are encouraged to submit poems and will compete in a special “Young Poets” category. Entry Forms and Contest Rule can be downloaded: www.libraryatlincoln.org Poems must be received no later than Saturday, July 21, 2008 Questions—contact Alan Lowe…
Guest Blogger, Author Rachael Herron has this to say: Hi readers and writers, You’re an artist in some way. Yes, you. I see you there, hiding there in the back shaking your head. I just like to read books. I’m not creative. What do you do that brings you joy? What do you make? Cookies? Scarves? Do you sing in the car? Do you have a great eye for color? Yes, keep reading. You’re creative, and I’m so glad to talk to you. I’m back from my month off (oh, joy), and I’m so relieved to be back at work (I don’t relax well). I’m currently revising a thriller. It’s a departure for me, and it’s what I’ve wanted to write for years. The 911 dispatcher picks up the phone to find her daughter on the other end of the line, and it’s bad, y’all. I was a dispatcher for…
When you were a child, did you get an allowance? How much? What did you do with it? If you didn’t get an allowance, how do you feel about that?
What time period, or era, do you identify with? Write what your life would be like if you lived then. About the photo: This is a photo of my mother in her tap dance costume, taken in 1945. Those are envelopes and letters she wrote to her mother, circa 1943. The rest of the items are explained in the soon to be released The Write Spot to Jumpstart Your Writing: Connections. 🙂 Photo taken by Breana Marie.
Writing is playing with words and ideas. Writing is rewriting. Sometimes writing is . . . just writing. Today’s writing prompts are about looking at stories through a different lens or from another point of view. Rewrite a fairy tale. Change character details, change where story takes place, change the outcome. Reframe the bad guy into a good guy. Give the protagonist electrifying faults. Or rewrite a folk tale. Switch characters, revolve story around a different moral compass, set the scene in the future. Or reframe a family story. Write a familiar family story from a different point of view. Just Write! Photo by Christina Gleason
Set the Scene: Location, Timeframe, Characters Location: Pick one: cruise ship, theme park, bar, parlor, or a location of your choice Timeframe: Current, Past (what year?), Future (what year?) Develop Characters Character #1: Name: Nickname: Personality trait most proud of: How did character get this trait? What do people least like about character? What habit would character like to change? If someone looked in character’s bathroom garbage right now, what would they find: What scent does character like the most, and what does it remind him/her of? What scares the character? Character #2: Answer the same questions for Character #2. Writing Prompt: Use the following words in a conversation between these two characters. The last time – How dare you – Explode – Blame – Fire – Party – Light – Dark – Attitude – Box – Present – Water Photo by Christina Gleason
Today’s prompt is a photo. Write whatever comes up for you.
Write about a colorful character using similes and metaphors. Simile – a figure of speech in which two essentially unlike things are compared, often using like or as, as in “eyes like stars.” Metaphor – A figure of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily designates one thing is used to designate another; thus making an implicit comparison, as in the evening of life. Metaphors are comparisons that show how two things that are not alike in most ways are similar in one important way. Metaphors are a way to describe something. Authors use them to make their writing more interesting or entertaining. Unlike similes that use the words “as” or “like” to make a comparison, metaphors state that something is something else. Brian was a wall, bouncing every tennis ball back over the net. We would have had more pizza to eat if Tammy hadn’t been such…
“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”—Stephen Hawking “Don’t ever give up.” That’s the message here on The Write Spot Blog. Just Write. And keep writing.
Today’s prompt: I never planned to . . .