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I am pretty happy with the theme we have chosen but, apart from that, I am beginning to feel a deep, clawing sense of fear and inadequacy. So far, I have had one idea for my story, which is a start, but it seems pretty dark and it would be really difficult to write. I suppose I should just take some time to have a go and see what happens.
Well, I quite like the theme that ihas been chosen for this book, but just have to start it!
So, tomorrow, I'll be taking a pad of paper with me to every class and even to recess and lunch (crazy, huh?) so I can put down any ideas that come into my head. I have found though that doing a story plan helps, so I'll be doing one of those.
Hopefully it all turns out well, and I will be very happy if it does.
Here are the three (!) for this week, random again. Maybe you could take one of these in addition to a fairytale, and 'make it work'.
Write an argument between two characters that begins in bed.
Stories from the Tube: I've known writers who draw their inspiration from a wide range of sources - family histories, natural wonders, passages from scripture, scientific phenomenon. Yet Matthew Sharpe is the first writer I've known to derive his inpsiration from tv commercials. The ten stories in his debut collection "stories from the tube" borrow elements of their plots from commercials for deoderant, coffee, cars, and other familiar products. The storie "Tide" for example, begins with an excerpt from a television commercial shooting script.
"A mother and her small daughter open the trunk of a car to find the daughter's leotard has a red, wet stain on it
Daughter: and the ballet's tomorrow!
Mother: Honey, we'll get it out."
What follows is surprisingly moving story about parenthood, ballet, menstruation and a broken botle of grape juice, and it's all much more literary than anything produced by an advertising agency! For a fun, off the wall exercise, watch half an hour of television and jot down one line descriptions of the commercials. Then, like Sharpe, use any one of the ads as a jumping off point.
I also have several books of mythology, so every now and then I'll post a few random myths, legends or fairytales. (other people can feel free to do so too!) Maybe it'll inspire a story! I'm literally picking one at random, just flipping through the book and jabbing my finger at a page. The other, i'm trying to go for one that has been heard of.
Ottar was the human lover of Freyja, the Germanic fertility goddess, and was said to be a distant descendent of Sigurd (germanic hero similar to King Arthur). The warrior caught the goddess's attention through grand sacrifices. He built a stone altar and turned it into glass by the constant heat of the fire he used in preparing his bloody offering. Freyja transformed him into a boar so that she could keep him with her in Asgard, the home of the gods. She even used the disguised Ottar as a mount. Ottar may have been a leader of a warrior band, a lover pleasing to Freyja who shared those fallen in battle with Odin. In the myth it is suggested that he is related to the berserkers, warriors who, 'howling and foaming in frenzy, left a trail of terror and leaped like wildfire over land and sea'.
William Tell from Bürglen was known as an expert marksman with the crossbow. At the time, the Habsburg emperors were seeking to dominate Uri. Hermann Gessler, the newly appointed Austrian Vogt of Altdorf raised a pole in the village's central square with his hat on top and demanded that all the local townsfolk bow before it. As Tell passed by without bowing, he was arrested. He received the punishment of being forced to shoot an apple off the head of his son, Walter, or else both would be executed.
Tell had been promised freedom if he shot the apple. On November 18, 1307, Tell split the fruit with a single bolt from his crossbow, without mishap. When Gessler queried him about the purpose of the second arrow in his quiver, Tell answered that if he had ended up killing his son in that trial, he would have turned the crossbow on the reeve. Gessler became enraged at that comment, and had Tell bound and brought to his ship to be taken to his castle at Küssnacht. In a storm on Lake Lucerne, Tell managed to escape. On land, he went to Küssnacht, and when Gessler arrived, he shot him with a crossbow bolt.
This defiance of the Austrian reeve sparked a rebellion, leading to the formation of the Old Swiss Confederacy.
New member here who got linked through the NaNoWriMo boards. I'm looking forward to doing this and since I walked in on the theme posting, yay! I can just start.
Call me Shona. Drop by my page on NaNoWriMo.org anytime you like, or my LJ.
After extensive voting, we have chosen our theme!
And that theme shall be...
Fairytales, Myths and Legends.
I think that this will give a lot of options to our authors!
I'll be back with more information later. As usual, feel free to ask questions.
We finished counting the votes for phase 2 of the voting process. The themes that were eliminated this time were:
A Unifying Place or Objeect
First and Last
Good and Evil
Changing times, a new age, transition
Dark and Light
Nationality/A Sense of Home
I have a book of writing prompts, so I thought that I would take two prompts each week and post it to the community. It may not help the cwn ers with their anthology piece, but perhaps it will help our other readers? I'm picking these at random, by flipping through the book.
Write a story set in the 1980s. Use as many period elements as you can.
Going to Extremes:
Personal obsessions are at the heart of many great novels- Vladamir Nabokov's Lolita comes to mind, as does John Fowle's "The Collector" and Ian McEwan's "Enduring Love". But obsessions don't need to be criminal to be interesting, and there's no better proof of this than the Guinness Book of World Records, a fascinating annual document of extreme human behaviour. Its pages feature thousands of capsule biographies about people like Angelica Unverhau, the owner of the worl'ds largest collection of ballpoint pens (168, 700 to date). Or Jennifer Murray, a fifty seven year old grandmother who was the first person to pilot a helicopter around the world. Or Arthur Blessit, who has walked 33,151 miles through 277 nations while carrying an eight foot high wooden cross. Or Cindy Jackson, who dubs herself the 'human barbie doll' and has spent $99,600 on twenty seven plastic surgery procedures. The entries go on and on, and it's often hard not to imagine fictional backgrounds for these people (how does someone end up with a ballpoint pen collection anyway?) By beginning with a small shred of truth, you can free your imagination to generate utterly fantastic fiction.
*looks at the links under longwaytogo's post, then hovers over each. presses 'speak' when I see that it is the right one*
Yay! I have figured how to reply!
Okay, enough of my usual insaneness.
I am Cat_Lover_4113, both on NiH and here, and my avatar is the same, an adorable, darling kitty cat!
I have written short stories, mostly for school, but a few for myself as well, from ideas that have just come into head during (usually) totally unrelated moments to the ideas.
I also have tried my hand at poetry. I wrote a piece while sitting in Science class this year. I was watching the bubbles on the surface of the water in the fish tank drift towards the glass and pop against it, while my teacher was talking about something that didn't interest me in the slightest, and I can't remember what it was about either.
I love the CWN idea and have an idea for a story, and if the theme is right, I will write it for the project. If the theme is not right, I will try to think of another.
Can't wait until the theme is decided!
(Not happy cause I pressed the link I described at the top, posted, then found it was the wrong one so I had to copy, delete, and post it again.)
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