Tomorrow is a new year, a new beginning. My question for us all is what are we going to do with this new year. How will we start over or continue to make progress? I'm going to create a business plan for myself as a fiction writer. I'm going to seek out opportunities to publish my fiction and to let people know that my stories are worth buying and reading. My business plan will tell me how.
I'm learning there's truth in the sentences, writing generates more writing and each sentences you write generates a prompt for the next sentence. Sometimes the writing is a word.
I was waiting for someone to mug me. I'd seen it on movies, girls stepped off the bus at the Port Authority and into conman's schemes. I felt I had one thing over them. In a way I could claim New York as mine. I had relatives here that I visited often. Still, I was a girl just off a Port Authority bus looking for a new life.
Other times it's a simple sentence. I think dialogue is a great story prompt. It might even work with personal essays, which is something I'm interested in writing along with the fiction stories I love to write. The writing magazines I read are always talking about expanding your writing genres.
"I'm just going to the store" "I'm just going to the store." She didn't look at her father, instead out of the window at the dark street. Another girl disappeared from the store every kid went to after getting off the bus. She moved her head to see her dad out of the corner of her eye. She wanted him to stop her, to tell her something, some word of caution, but he said nothing. Out of work for almost two years didn't give him any motivation to be her dad. Her mom was working like crazy to support them. Her dad having a job could remind her mom that she needed to spend time with them or it could also keep her dad out of the house. She went outside in jeans she cut into shorts and laid on the grass. It was still damp from this evenings slight rain shower. Her dad used to tell her to be careful while her mom told her that she was a smart girl, too smart to get into any trouble. No one was saying anything to her now.
She closed her eyes so she didn't see her dad standing by the window, peeking at her through the plaid, threadbare curtains.This scene came from the sentences I wrote on my page Writing Community; "I'm just going to the store." It shows that even the simplest sentences can produce a scene filled with conflict.
The writing community is one of my facebook pages. I wanted to create a place where we can write pieces of stories, respond to writing prompts and talk about writing. Check out my facebook pages.
It's a new year and it's time to stop talking and take my writing beyond just writing and put my story here, in the hands of many readers and to inspire writers who are wondering what they can do to be writers and to market and promote themselves and their writing.
And always be thinking of the next story. That was yesterday, what will you write today is a quote from My So Called Life. And I think is an excellent piece of advice.
"I'm just going to the store."
"The play was really good."
What can you do with these sentences or with the word New York?