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Ask a Question Thursday & Writing Prompt

August 8, 2019
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Today’s question is by way of an exercise to inspire the writing Muse. I hosted my writing group’s meeting on Tuesday and used a bag of multiple buttons as a 10 minute writing prompt. There were hundreds of buttons in various colours, styles and shapes. Each participant choose one to three buttons and then had to use them in one of the following ways.

  1. Describe the button in as much detail as possible.
  2. Tell a story of the garment the button came off and the person it belonged to.
  3. Give the button(s) personalities to match their appearance and tell a story about them.

The result was a variety of stories, each with individual ideas stemmed from the chosen button(s).

So today’s question is: you can use the photo herewith and pick a button or two or pick out buttons of your own and tell their story. I would love to read your stories – so comment below.

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I will share one of my stories as the other one is not complete.

My Perfect Doll

Adeline picked up the purple button,  a tear running down her cheek.

“Poor Sandy, your beautiful coat is ruined.”

Picking up her favorite blonde haired doll, Adeline ran downstairs calling for her mother.

“Mummmmeeee….” the last syllable became a long whine, as she ran through the living room into the kitchen. The room was filled with the aroma of chocolate cookies.

“Mummy…”

“Oh my goodness, whatever is the matter?”

“Sandy’s coat is ruined – look. Now she isn’t perfect.”

She held up the doll dressed previously to perfection and opened her clasped hand to reveal the large purple button.

“Well, I wouldn’t say she is ruined, darling. It’s just a matter of sewing it back on.”

Adeline’s tears stopped and she looked up at her mother full of hope.

“Really, you can mend it?”

“Yes, of course I can. Sit here and have a nice warm cookie, I I get my sewing box. Sandy’s coat will be as good as new in no time.”

Comforted by her mother’s words, Adeline took a cookie and watched fascinated as the button was sewn back onto the doll’s coat.

“There all perfect again, I love you Sandy. And thank you Mummy.”

Her mother shook her head as Adeline disappeared back upstairs. I really need to teach her not everything has to be just so or prefect. She turned to the kitchen counter and began cleaning the counter top, every inch was meticulously scrubbed.

 

 

 

Ask a Question Thursday

August 1, 2019
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For those of you with school age children/grandchildren – are you celebrating having the house to yourself after the summer holiday/vacation? Do you plunge right back into your current manuscript or have some downtime to refresh?

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Last week’s question: Do you incorporate politics and/or religion into your stories? What is the reason?

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I have used a matriarchal society in my novel, Life in Slake Patch as the background to a young man’s life in that regime. It was interesting to write about the influences and attitudes of a different society. In contrast my novel, The Twesome Loop, which covers two time periods, shows the patriarchal suppression in the 1800’s.

 

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If you have a suggestion for a question please let me know.

Ask a Question Thursday

July 11, 2019
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Today’s question is: How important is research to you when writing a book? What have you researched for you current manuscript?

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Research is not limited to non-fiction a lot is required to ensure historical elements are correct and even geographical aspects in some cases. While writing my steampunk novel, I have looked into a lot of mechanical elements, such as steam-powered and clockwork mechanisms. We may not use a lot of the research but it gives us a better foundation to work with.

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Last weeks question: Some writers create a bubble around themselves until they’re finished with their project – how true is that in your case?

  1. Once I am in the story I do not hear external noises. In fact I’ve had family come and nudge me to get my attention.

  2. I keep a notebook next to my bed so I can scribble any midnight ideas. Otherwise, I need complete silence while sitting at my computer and writing. I even go so far as wearing earplugs to muffle extraneous noise.

 

Ask A Question Thursday

May 9, 2019
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Today’s question is:  When creating your stories, do you tend to write your protagonist as the same gender as yourself – or do you use the genre dynamic as a device?

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Last week’s discussion covered the question: Do you make your own vocabulary words in your book or resort to the existing ones?

Karen Probert

It’s important in my stories to use the language that the characters would use in whatever circumstances they are in. Sometimes that requires a cliche although I try to avoid those. I don’t think I have ever made up a word to use but I wouldn’t dismiss the idea as it might be necessary to fit certain circumstance. I try always to choose a name for a character that is allows the reader to know an ethnic background or age range that fits the story line so I have been known to make up an appropriate name.

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To date, although have written numerous works, I have not invented my own words to suit. No work has warranted that invention, yet… but, I do research to use words in other languages or dialects in order to give my work authenticity. I give characters names that have special meaning. I ensure that usage is particular to the setting and timeline. So, there are many things that are considered when finalizing a piece and the words representing it. Thank you for your question and engagement with the writing community.

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Ask A Question Thursday

April 4, 2019
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Today the question is: Is today’s generation more aware of the literary art or less?How do you think concepts such as Kindle, and e-books have changed the present or future of reading?

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Books versus ebooks

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Last week’s discussion: What is your view on co-authoring books; have you done any?

The meetings about how to set up the book and what to include in it were really interesting as three of us discussed our ideas. As we did this the original idea was reworked into what seemed a cohesive plan. We each took on several aspects and then edited each others work until the book became cohesive and workable. All three of us were open to the others ideas and no one forced their ideas as better than any others. Choosing the people with whom to collaborate would be the most important aspect of starting to do a book together as it takes listening, rethinking, planning to do it well. and scheduling things into our busy lives made it a challenge. We’ve had only good feedback about the book.

I found it to be a fascinating project.

This was a similar process to what I’ve done when working on collaborative projects. Your point about choosing collaborators is well-made, Karen….I agree, I think it’s the most important aspect of a shared project.

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