Choices

Day 11 of the Friday Writes Blog Challenge

Write about a great first line in a book you’ve read

Simplicity matters. One of my favorite first lines is written by S.E. Hinton, “When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home.” 

The story that follows is just as enthralling as the first line and each moment buids a journey to a rewarding and complete story.

I enjoyed the simplicity of this tale the most. The focus was remarkable and intelligent. The story isn’t wordy. It’s not driven by metrics. It’s driven by plot, characterization, and compelling choices. 

Stay connected.

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Best Writing Advice Ever: Be Anti-Social

Day 10 of the Friday Writes Blog Challenge

Talk about an inspirational TedTalk

The hunger to find new creative work stirs many writers into a creative frenzy or creates mental barriers for a writer’s inspiration. Whether we find our elusive idea or not is completely up to us, but what if your social skills were the key to discovering new inspiration.

I’ve been working on some newsy parts of my new short. Please forgive the formal opening, but I digress.

An intriguing Ted talk on the subject, Three anti-social skills to improve your writing by Nadia Kalman bares a clever review of social habits that aren’t usually celebrated, but create inspiration for your creative endeavors.

The video describes a bus ride where the narrator uses eavesdropping, pretending imaginary people are real, and muttering as fuel to drive creative brainstorming. It takes about 3 minutes to watch and there are vampires if that’s your thing.

For the hungry writer, searching every moment of your day for tidbits and breadcrumbs that end a creative slump is a bold way to keep your writing fresh and your entrepreneurial mindset refreshed and poised to search new territory for creative work.

No matter your craft, the world is filled with events and remarkable moments that lead to all-new ideas. You’ll find them if you relax and allow yourself to experience the world. This requires you to do a couple of things: put down your phone, sit still, watch the world, connect old concepts to new concepts and create an all-new vision. 

Stay Connected.

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For the next 30 days, I am hosting the Friday Writes blog challenge. It’s a 30-day challenge for bloggers and writers looking to jumpstart their blog and get connected with other writers. Topics for the entire challenge are part of the screenshot below. Share your post on Twitter with the hashtag #fridaywritesblogchallenge. Share and retweet everyone’s post. It’s for the community.