Writing Prompts and Recycling

Disclaimer (because I’m tired and trying to figure out all the things writing and blogging related): “As seen previously on Made4Him blog… Feb, 2016.”

The fact is, I’m exhausted. Yep.  Exhausted.  Mentally and physically, actually.  I don’t have any answers.  All I know is that I need to write, and write some more, and keep writing even when it a) doesn’t make sense or b) isn’t very good or c) follow a logical progression.  Side note: I have a need for logical thoughts, even while I’m not particularly logical.

Writing Prompts — they make me laugh.  And think about characters and stories.  Which I believe is the point.  So, I thought I would like to share some of my favorites with you.  Brace yourselves.

Dialogue Prompt: “I’m not as bad as the books say, you know.”  “Quiet, evil one.”  “Ooh, name-calling.  So fearsome.”

Goal: come up with better snarky and smart aleck responses — I have characters I can see doing this.

Dialogue Prompt: “Now remember, if you hear ominous chanting, the appropriate response is to run.”

Thoughts: Now, why is it that all I can think is… unless you are in The Mummy Returns.

Dialogue Prompt: “Technically it wasn’t on fire.”  “Of course it wasn’t on fire! You completely blew it up!”

Thoughts: Such over-reacting.  A little fire (or explosion) never hurt anyone…

Quote: “We go to war with a smile on our faces… Because we are friends of Death himself.”

Comment: Okay, I just think this is cool.  Perhaps dark and scary, but very cool.

Dialogue Prompt: “Is this one of those times when you want me to lie to protect your delicate emotions?”

Thoughts: *Snort.*  Can I use this on people I know in real life??  So applicable.

Dialogue Prompt: “There are at least seventeen ways this could have gone better. Literally. Like, I’m counting them right now, you moron.”

Thoughts: I can see this in a story.  I may have to put this in MY story.

Dialogue Prompt: “So what’s your plan?” “My plan was to follow your plan!” “What do you mean, ‘my plan’? Since when have I ever had a plan?!”

Comment: HA!  Yes, this I could totally use in a story.

Dialogue Prompt: “That’s humans for you. Cut off a limb and it will live, but leave it without oxygen for five minutes and it’s done for.”

Comment: So, so true.

Prompt: “Your home is a wreck… you could’ve at least cleaned the bathroom.” “Had I known I was going to have guests at three o’clock in the morning I’m sure I would’ve.”

Comment: I love the sarcasm and the stating of the obvious.  Of course, if you know you are expecting guests, you clean.  If not… who really cares?

I use Pinterest a lot for inspiration, scenery, costumes, characters and quotes.  One of the latest quotes I saw in the last couple of days is by Louis L’Amour: “If you’re going to be a writer, the first essential is to just write. Do not wait for an idea. Start writing something and the ideas will come. You have to turn the faucet on before the water starts to flow.”

So… here’s to turning on the faucet.

Soli Deo Gloria — Glory to God Alone

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