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Be a Better Writer--CREATIVITY

These lessons, by one of our most consistent FaithWriters' Challenge Champions, should not be missed. So we're making a permanent home for them here.

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Re: Be a Better Writer--CREATIVITY

Postby tomoral » Tue Jan 28, 2014 1:32 pm

Lillian if you can get to "uninstall a program" from your start menu, check all the programs that show they were installed on the date you first started noticing them. Left click on that program and then right click and click on "uninstall". That's what I did and the blue lines went away. It probably got on there the same time you download Open Office. Sometimes, somehow that happens. Just make sure it's a program you don't use.
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Postby lish1936 » Tue Jan 28, 2014 2:02 pm

Lynn,

I'll send you a PM. Don't want to sabotage Jan's Lessons. :D

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Postby RachelM » Thu Jan 30, 2014 2:40 am

Great lesson! I'm feeling more prepared for the Writing Challenge every week! :)

I've never spent time just brainstorming on the topic and writing down everything that came to mind. This makes so much sense!

I was surprised how many angles I was able to come up with for "home" in under 10 minutes.

I think that stories with the idea that "the grass is greener on the other side" would be very common and then ending with the realization of how wonderful home is.

Here is an idea that I think is creative: A man kills someone as a teen and has spent most of 2 decades in prison. He is set free and can't relate to the outside world so he kills again so he can go "home." That's a little too dark for me, but it seemed creative. :|
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Postby glorybee » Thu Jan 30, 2014 9:42 am

RachelM wrote:I think that stories with the idea that "the grass is greener on the other side" would be very common and then ending with the realization of how wonderful home is.

Here is an idea that I think is creative: A man kills someone as a teen and has spent most of 2 decades in prison. He is set free and can't relate to the outside world so he kills again so he can go "home." That's a little too dark for me, but it seemed creative. :|


You're definitely on target with your common theme for "home."

Your more creative idea is very good. You've done something that often worked for me: take the common idea and turn it on its head.

it's interesting that you said that it may be too dark for you. A lot of Christian writers shy away from dark themes, but I think it's definitely possible to write a dark piece that still has an element of redemption in it. Personally, I'd rather read "dark" than "sweet," but that's probably a temperament thing. To me, "dark" is a better description of what reality is in a fallen world, and I'd rather read (and write) a piece that shows light shining through darkness than a piece that is all light.

Two links to dark stories with a glimmer of light:

Under the Skin
Ilapa Dances Behind my Eyes
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Postby RachelM » Thu Jan 30, 2014 11:44 am

I loved reading these stories! Thank you for the challenge to not immediately discard a dark theme. I know that your words will stay with me. The light in "Under the Skin" is brighter because of the darkness in the story. Beautiful...

Just a few minutes of contemplating how I could introduce light into my prisoner idea, and I realized that I could write the story from another person's POV: a mother, child, another prisoner, a chaplain etc. Or I could write it from the prisoners POV: a dark, hardened criminal catching a glimpse of God's love and trying to make sense of it from the perspective of a life devoid of it. So many possibilities!
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