ScreamPrompt #48No one fuckin' noticed that I went dark in the middle of July. Jack Bauer and I have some unfinished business, so I'm still gonna be out until at least September. That doesn't mean I'm gonna leave you high and dry with nothing to write.
Here's what you do...
1. Look at this mess: http://harryfloorcorn.tumblr.com/post/90438132036/what-is-the-meaning-of-life
2. Use your initials to find your meaning of life. If your name is Keith Greenwood or Maria Oppenheimer, that's just too fuckin' bad. Play the hand you were dealt.
3. Write at least 2000 words with what you come up with. If you cheat and use other initials, that's between you and the Lord God.
4. Turn it in by the end of August either in a note here or at my page with a link back.
5. Difficulty: DON'T ASK QUESTIONS.
ScreamPrompt #49, September 2014One more after this and it's over. Here's the journal in case you all missed the announcement -- more info will come next month: http://raspil.deviantart.com/journal/Screamprompts-had-a-good-run-476352792ScreamPrompt #49, September 20148 months ago in Personal More Like This
I have a fun thing planned for #50 (well, I think it's fun) so in the meantime, and sorry about the delay -- I'll just post this introspective-type prompt for this month..
A time where waiting, being denied and isolation led your main character to what they've been searching for all their life.
Feel free to interpret it however you want
Any genre, any word count, any POV
Due September 30, 2014
Note it to me here or at my personal page with a link back to this journal
Direct any questions below
Screamprompts had a good run.I'm gonna call it a day with #50.Screamprompts had a good run.9 months ago in Personal More Like This
I hope no one talks me out of it because you know it'll be wasted effort.
I'm not deleting it, I'm not going to give it to someone else. It's going to be more of a memorial. Anyone who still wants to use the prompts can because why not. The gallery will still be up.
Folks wrote some good stuff, lots of folks got DDs and DLDs from it, tested their boundaries, learned some new things. That's good. I feel I've helped people make a difference in their growth as artists -- they did all the work so I can't take any credit, I opened the door. The walked through it.
My heart isn't in it like it was. I don't want to peter out and lose the momentum, which is what I feel is happening -- I'd rather end on a high point and a nice round number. I still want to make a compilation/anthology -- take each prompt, pick the story that best suits it and publish and donate the proceeds to charity. It's not for noth
ScreamPrompt #44, March 2014 IMPORTANT NEWSScreamPrompt #44, March 20141 year ago in Personal More Like This
I'm going to be out of town until the middle of March. I can't guarantee I will be able to be contacted until then. But I'm not going to leave you all hanging with an old prompt.
A piece of advice I give to people who seem to have confidence problems when it pertains to their writing is to not compare themselves to anyone else. Doesn't matter if it's another deviant, a classmate, sibling, hero, rival, etc -- I don't think it's particularly helpful to be competitive when something as subjective as art is the focus.
1. Your Main Character is really good at ______________.
It must NOT be something you are really good at.
It must NOT be something you are really bad at.
It must NOT be writing.
So pick something for your Main Character to be an expert about. The more unique, the better. Take time to think about this
ScreamPrompt #39, September 2013Alright, it's come to this... and no, I don't care that school just started, either.ScreamPrompt #39, September 20132 years ago in Personal More Like This
THE "RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES" PROMPT
No, this does not mean I am out of ideas. That actually doesn't happen to me. Like, ever. If you want to know the secret how to be an endless font of ideas, note me at my personal page. Then be ready for disappointment at the answer.
Anyway, yeah -- this is where you all get to do some research and I throw a little twist in there to bug the crap out of you because that's what I do to force you out of your comfort zone. To be fair, I threw a lot of softballs this summer.
get on with it, creep.
So for those who don't know what a headline is, there used to be these things called newspapers that are printed on the corpses of trees that feature shitty-ass articles about what jerks did to unfortunate humans and are made available for assholes to read and feel schadenfreude.
You're going to pick a headline.
It can be from a real news
Workshopping with Rasp: Part 1 of 3Here it is, as promised. Keep in mind that even though I do not have formal training as a writer, these are the things I keep in mind when writing my characters. I have had varying levels of success here at dA and you are free to use my ideas or not. I'm not claiming to know it all, the below is not gospel and it's not guaranteed. But you never know.Workshopping with Rasp: Part 1 of 33 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Comments are appreciated, haters are welcome.
How to Create Compelling Characters
I can't speak for everyone but I read for compelling characters. If the characters really move me, the plot can be as thin as it wants; though it's not always easy to have characters carry the whole thing if nothing is happening.
Where do we find compelling characters? In books, of course, but they're obviously not confined to books. Compelling characters in movies are just as important. Unless you're doing improv, plays and movie
ScreamPrompt #50, October 2014Final prompt: pick one of the 50 facts below and write a story about it. No rules, no restrictions. Do what you'd like. Send me the link to your story in a note here or at my personal page.ScreamPrompt #50, October 20147 months ago in Personal More Like This
This group will be officially closed on December 31, 2014.
INFO ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON
Here's the original journal: http://raspil.deviantart.com/journal/Screamprompts-had-a-good-run-476352792
And now for the rest of the details...
I am not deleting the group. If you want to write stories from the prompts, go for it. But they are for you, not for the group. Do not send them to me, I will not read them and they will not go in the gallery. If you happen to get a Daily Deviation or DLR, cool -- let me know and I'll add it to the list at the gallery. ScreamPrompts is going to be more
5 things + 10 more + 20!http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/23/creativity-_n_3956110.html5 things + 10 more + 20!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
be honest with yourself about the things you are doing in this article
deal with them
and then go conquer your shit
10 Mental Blocks of Creative Thinking: http://ispeakquotes.com/quotes/10-mental-blocks-of-creative-thinking
"However great a man's natural talent may be, the art of writing cannot be learned all at once." — Jean Jacques Rousseau
close to my heart... top 20 literary quotes about short stories: http://writerswrite.co.za/the-top-20-literary-quotes-about-short-stories
ScreamPrompt #45, May 2014This one is dedicated to those who are always chasing the perfect character...ScreamPrompt #45, May 20141 year ago in Personal More Like This
Write a story from the point of view of the family pet.
There are two options:
1. The pet can be the main character (and the only pet in the household)
2. The pet observes their "owner" but the actions and decisions the owner makes affect the pet
Things to consider:
The pet itself.
What kind of pet? Was it a rescue or a result from a pet-olympian breeder system? Did it adopt the family? The mind of a mutt is different than the mind of a specific dog breed. And Siamese cats are much different from Ragdolls. What would their "personalities" be?
And no, we're not anthropormorphizing them, either. No pets may talk to their owners. Owners can obviously talk to the pets but there are no exchanges of dialogue between them. The use of italics for the pet's thoughts are acceptable if needed.
What about exotics?
ScreamPrompt #46, June 2014Hello to all new and veteran members! Welcome to June.ScreamPrompt #46, June 20141 year ago in Personal More Like This
I follow a lot of writing groups and collectives and websites and get some great inspiration from them for my prompts. I found one a couple of weeks ago that leapt out at me and I don't think I've written a prompt focusing on it yet so here it goes:
The Moment of Truth
I will quote the definition directly from the site because they say it better than I can paraphrase:
It is the moment at which you pit your character against his final and greatest challenge. It is the moment when your hero’s courage and skill is put to an extreme test. Does he—or doesn’t he—have what it takes to make the kill, either literally or metaphorically?
I know I've written about this in the past in my character workshop, or at least alluded to it -- this is another time to work on creating a character and seeing what they're made
ScreamPrompt #40, October 2013A quick in and out -- I've got Memnalar's contest to write for and work and house maintenance and Candy Crush Saga in my life at the moment, but I don't want you to think I've forgotten my duties here...ScreamPrompt #40, October 20132 years ago in Personal More Like This
So consider the following five elements:
1. an Elvis sighting
2. a Picasso
5. two dollars
Your mission, should you choose to accept it:
Write 2500+ words about a bucket list adventure that does not end the way the main character imagined while working ALL FIVE of the above elements into the story. They don't have to be in order. Think outside the box, get the ideas first before you start writing. Surprise me with how you choose to use them. You found chopsticks WHERE?!? omg
What's a bucket list? A list of things you want to do before you die/"kick the bucket".
1. the location must be in a small town
2. must be in 1st person POV
3. the main char
hella more stuffs ++The 5 Most Dangerous Creativity/Productivity Myths:hella more stuffs ++1 year ago in Personal More Like This
i've been wearing my sig for a long time for a reason
flash fiction contest: http://www.ttbook.org/3-minute-futures
[thanks to lamat for the tip]
the hemingway app: http://hemingwayapp.com/
you guys -- look at that. look at it. use it. use it to help you find your sore spots so you can edit them (it doesn't tell you how to edit them but it highlights what's "wrong" and tells you basically why). H says i'm writing at a 2nd-3rd grade level but that just means everyone can read and understand what i'm writing...
read more? read what, tho
the only sentence you need to use in fiction: mind blown
ScreamPrompt #47, July 2014Any of you having trouble making characters seem real? Here's a website that could help:ScreamPrompt #47, July 201410 months ago in Personal More Like This
If you aren't familiar with this site, you owe it to yourself to get familiar. Follow him on the social media of your choice. Brandon takes pictures of anyone and everyone, talks to them, gets not only a snapshot of an actual human, but a snapshot into their life. Mesmerizing at times, mundane at others. It's all good.
Sometimes the stories, like I said, are mundane. But this one was too much: a fellow told a story about a time he fell off a fishing boat and thought he was going to die at sea.
The story was harrowing enough but his final thoughts were so much more:
"You know how they say that when you're dying, you're supposed to go toward the light? Well, when I thought I was dying, the light was moving further and further a
Dialogue WorkshopI want this workshop to be somewhat different from other workshops -- I'm going to break this down into two categories: technical elements and personal advice.Dialogue Workshop2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
And I hate to say this, but the following information in this workshop only works if applied. Osmosis and good intentions do not work. Sorry.
PRE-EMPTIVE TLDR NUTSHELL
To write effective dialogue, there has to be a basic understanding of what communication is. Wikipedia sums it up nicely: the meaningful exchange of information between two or more people. It's easy but not at the same time.
This has to do with actual concepts for crafting effective dialogue. For the most part, I had to research the details but you'll be able to pick out what I added on my own. You know how I get and if you don't, you soon will. No apologies for that.
Links to the websites I used will follow.
Some of the worst advice I've seen and that I'm s
Workshopping with Rasp: Part 2 of 3In the first part of this workshop, I talked about how to create compelling characters. This part will be about what drives them and how to royally ruin their day so you can entertain your readers. compelling characters are useless without a story. This is where motivation and conflict come in.Workshopping with Rasp: Part 2 of 33 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
What is it? A state of being that exists when needs or wants are not being fulfilled and the desire to have those needs or wants satisfied.
On a basic level, humans have needs. I hope we are familiar with Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs because that is what I'm about to draw from. If not, here's a link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow%27s_hierarchy_of_needs . On the bottom rung, we have physiological needs that must be met for basic survival: breathing, food, water, sex, sleep, h
good writing vs talented writinghttp://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/05/20/good-writing-vs-talented-writing/good writing vs talented writing1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Top 10 Reasons I May Have Rejected Your Short Story:
How Not to Write Your Novel:
Top 10 Quotes about Short Stories:
Your ideas have no value.http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/236605Your ideas have no value.8 months ago in Personal More Like This
first of all, the source doesn't really matter. an idea is an idea is an idea. if someone thinks it's the best or someone else thinks it's the worst, it's worthless until it's put into action and proved one way or the other.
now, i know i'm not the only one who thinks this around here, but posting this in the lit forums is a waste of time because i think there'd be more confusion than it's worth, seeing as noobs are always more interested in writing about their ideas instead of writing the stories that sprout from the ideas, as well as thinking everyone wants to steal their ideas.. the only thing of value from that is the laughs i get while i curse their parents.
what are your thoughts?
FINISH WHAT YOU STARThttp://writerswrite.co.za/basic-plot-structure-the-five-plotting-moments-that-matterFINISH WHAT YOU START2 years ago in Personal More Like This
stop playing with your own shit in the dark and get it the fuck done
//leave me alone
///you got nine days
////unless it's an emergency
an interesting sentence from an excruciatingly long farticle/review of books that do this (excruciating because i have shit to do): "Whenever a writer comments on his or her own work, there's inevitably an attempt — futile and foolish — to control how readers engage with that work."
my research for the day --> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPP8w0wMRgQ&list=RD02kp_bI2vU7dE
Chuck knows YOU'RE the problem +Because you're not the outlier.Chuck knows YOU'RE the problem +1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Five common problems I see in your stories: http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2014/04/29/five-common-problems-i-see-in-your-stories/
Because you need this workshop.
Don't be stuck up, participate in the Writers-Workshop "Change" shop: http://beccalicious.deviantart.com/journal/May-Workshop-The-Metamorphosis-450451444
Because today (5-6-14) is my favorite ho-bag's birthday.
Go tell her she's old as fuck: http://dr-vergissmeinnicht.deviantart.com/
Because you need lists in your life.
From an image I saw at fb:
Because your shitty reasons for procrastinating are as follows:
WHAT CAUSES CREATIVITY
1. confidence: ability to question without fear
2. observation: seeing problems/ideas
braaaap from the resident troll asshole/s You need to read this one first if you're serious about improvingbraaaap from the resident troll asshole/s11 months ago in Personal More Like This
Change your perspective on outlines:
an open letter to pantsers...
goody good-good for you if you THINK you write well without a plan. bless your little heart. but think about how much better you'd be if you planned your stories. maybe you'd finish one for once. stop being scared and give it a shot, if you can without sabotaging yourself to fail to satisfy your ego. if you're scared of #3, then you're only fooling yourself. you're only limited by your imagination. so what does that say about you.
sincerely, an ex-pantser (who learned to embrace a plan and whose results improved exponentially)
P.S. -- getting defensive about this topic with me here will only make me laugh at you so think carefully before you show your ass and
another link for the new writers to read ++the author calls them "young" writers but i don't think that's fair, it's better to address noobs as what they are -- "new" -- and they can be of any age. regardless, you need to read this and not take it personally because it's not personal and it's not meant to hurt your feelings but to get you on a faster track to awesomeness:another link for the new writers to read ++2 months ago in Personal More Like This
we're not all out to get you. we've been in your shoes. someday you will know what it's like to be in ours.
also, welcome to my page, new haters. welcome. i've been waiting.
and now, some technical advice for everyone to enjoy: http://characterchange.com/how-to-write-character-reaction-patterns/
it makes sense why people don't like planning their novels. it's a ton of work and it's really not fun. but it's worth it. it leads to a more coherent final product. it leads to completion. there's nothing sadde
Official FFM Prompt Bank 2014:iconflash-fic-month:Official FFM Prompt Bank 20141 year ago in Editorial More Like This
This promptmobile has been parked up rusting for a whole year. It needs an oil change, a lick of paint and some air in the tyres. We're presently sourcing some fluffy dice for the mirror and a nice novelty airfreshener.
Most importantly, though, the tank is dry as a bone.
Time to siphon us off some promptjuice. Fuel us up with your best original prompts for people to dip into during the month when they need creative jump leads.
As always, the chosen few will be chosen, featured and credited in our daily updates.
Protip: We can always use visual prompts, musical prompts, prompts in the form of interpretive dance and other variegated promptitudinousness as well as the usual prompts made of words.
VIVA LA FFM!
i like this one + and new video“Screenwriting students and others often ignore or avoid a character’s most potent, familiar and confronting potentialities, which are always those parts of themselves that they want to push away or rationalize into an explanation that keeps the emotion at bay. They fear the shadows they carry inside themselves, their own anxieties and vulnerabilities. They dance around them, employing seemingly endless sleights-of-hand in order to distract their audience, hoping that an approximate facsimile will suffice - superstition in place of truth - and that the audience will comply, accepting the counterfeit instead of the genuine article. They ‘direct’ the film in their heads as they are writing it, so that they can SEE (and understand) what they mean, what they are wanting to show, without ever having to mean it, or show it in what they write. There is no confession, only an imitation of an imitation. It is the most natural of unnatural behaviors in which the human beii like this one + and new video1 year ago in Personal More Like This
100 Memories, join me?I've started a writing project involving my memories. Something to spur the creative juices. I'm calling it "100 Memories". It's not as intensive as it sounds, the idea is to set out to remember and write down 100 memories in around 100 words each. These memories can have a little or a lot of significance to me, but so long as they are written down and recorded and I remember them well enough I will work my way to a hundred. I'm already a fourth of the way there.100 Memories, join me?10 months ago in Personal More Like This
Why am I doing this? As I stated above, it's to get the creative juices flowing; I've been somewhat stagnant with my writing lately, which is why I've been seeking out collaborative partners and other projects of the likes.
This project was distantly inspired by the two songs below. They're the same song, but one is backed by a full orchestra and is just fantastically different from the original. Somehow I got on a tangent about memories from contrasting these songs, and well, here we are.
the only G-damn character sheet you needhttp://writerswrite.co.za/the-two-main-characters-a-writers-worksheetthe only G-damn character sheet you need1 year ago in Personal More Like This
if you write ANYTHING ELSE other than this, you're fucking faffing about pretending to work when you're really procrastinating. admit it, deal with it. if you fucking challenge me on this, you'll wish you hadn't. but you might learn something so bring me all your little bad habits. i'm hungry.
this is it, i'm seriously not even kidding. look in my eyes. this is the best thing i've seen at that fantastic website to date and they're pretty top notch. everything in your story/novel will stem from these three questions. it's so easy. why do you all INSIST on complicating things?!! the more complicated it is, the bigger risk you run on fucking it all up!
SIMPLIFY YOUR FUCKING SHIT AND GET TO WORK
/by the way, i'll be writing my first domestic terrorism thriller next year. the main character will be female -- i'm breaking through to the other side, motherfuc