3 ways to use index cards for plotting your story and characters. Have fun!
Ferns gently uncurling
Dappled mist beaming
Forest floor steaming
Life overflows to teeming
A yellow tractor
Slash and burn
Man will never learn
Gold rush scheming
Paper worth reaming
Rubber baron dreaming
Cattle and soy
Build and destroy
Economy: the new joy
Rubber worth stealing
Are plants unfeeling?
The size of Spain
A forest without rain
An equator in pain
Rape, it’s seeming
#Rainforest #poem #amazon
The first paragraph. ..getting started…not writer’s block but idea block…
One way to exercise your 6-pack writer muscles is to write a character sketch of a person you know very well.
Many people say their dearly departed mother was a sweet, angelic lady. In my case, this would actually be true. My ma was coming of age in the 60’s and she was part of the hippie scene. A true flowers-in-her-hair type of lady. She was so mild-mannered that she wouldn’t harm a fly – and I mean this literally. She made a pact with mosquitoes that she wouldn’t smash them if they wouldn’t bite her.
Thinking about my Ma, I wondered how we could take a mild personality and insert them into a story.
Many action adventures feature characters who are over-the-top heroic or villainous or brilliant. Then we sometimes have a protagonist who is identifiable; a normal guy caught up in a muggle world. So my Ma’s personality would not work as this kind of protagonist because she would not be the one to defeat Voldemort or President Snow or a Divergent civil war.
I am using my Ma in my work in progress, “Expect Resistance,” as a voice for passivity and peaceful resolution. The main character is ready to run into danger too often and Ma is there to add temperance.
A fun writer’s block challenge is to think of a person you know, sketch out their personality and their quirks, then morph them into your story.
Has this worked for you in the past? I’d love to hear from you.
Keep writing and keep sharing! – Cronin Detzz