Writing Prompt Wednesday

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Hello Writers,

The three writing prompts for the day (December 3rd) are listed below. Choose one of the prompts and post your response in the “leave a comment” section.

Writing prompts are a great way to practice your writing, share your creations, and to see how other writers think. Remember to add emotions, describe the scenes, use your senses (smell, sight, taste, touch, & hearing), be descriptive, and don’t hold back. 

1. Create a scene using the dilapidated house photo below.

Location #1

2. Create a scene using the castle photo below.

Location #2

3. Create a scene using the mountain scenery photo below.

Location #3

I chose writing prompt # 1. 

I had traveled for what seemed like months. It had been, in fact, 22 days with nothing attached to me but the clothes on my back, shoes on my feet, and an old, raggedy, one-strap bookbag that had seen better days. Ghost town was no place for a girl like me. I was in the middle of a thirsty man’s hell. There were no signs of life – just a dusty windy road contoured by barren land.

The house that I reached, looked as if a strong wind from any direction would have blown it apart. The porch steps were hanging on for dear life, and the entry door – well let’s just say it was almost non-existent. All of the windows on the house looked like they had been blown out. The house offered no hope other than shade from the sun.

As I approached the steps, a small old lady crept out the front doorway. My first reaction was to grab for the gun that I had stored on my hip. My second was to put my hand up and warn the lady to stay back once I remembered that I only had two bullet left, and that they were in the bottom of my bookbag.

The old lady’s shrill voice sent shivers down my spine.

“Come here,” she said reaching towards me as if to grasp for her last ounce of life.

I backed up from the steps and stumbled over a dead tree limb.

“Stay back,” I yelled warning the lady.

I wiped the sweat from my face to see the position that the lady had moved to.

The lady’s glass-like eyes followed me as I eased further and further back from the house.

“You are in grave danger,” she said.

I turned my head towards the dusty road and noticed a speeding pick-up truck about a quarter mile of the ways down. I removed the gun from my hip, and started rummaging through my bookbag. A half a flask of whiskey and a lighter fell out. I searched frantically for the bullets to the pistol. After a few seconds of searching, I found one bullet. I reached around in the bookbag until my fingers poked through a quarter-sized hole in the bottom.

“Shit,” I said aloud.

The old crone picked up her pace as she hurried towards me. I grabbed the gun from the ground, inserted the bullet, and pointed it in her direction.

“Don’t come another step closer,” I screamed.

The threat halted the lady’s footsteps. By the time I had managed to pick my stuff up from the ground, a truck full of hungry demon possessed looking guys skid across the dirt. A few hopped off the back of the truck and grabbed their big guns. The driver flung the door open and howled to the sky.

“What do we have here?” the driver asked.

As the gruesome men approached me, I pointed my gun in their direction warning them to stay back. One of the guys pointed his fully loaded shotgun straight at my head. I took a deep breath, put the pistol to my temple, and woke up.

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Writer Quick Tip: Keep A Dream Journal

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Keep A Journal Of Your Dreams

Dreams are a goldmine for writers.

The crazy characters, unusual places, and dramatic scenes in your dreams are no accident. You can use your dreams to create fictional worlds, develop characters, or add some magic to the current projects you are working on. Don’t forget to tap into the creative forest known as your dreams.

If you are new to dream journaling, check out some tips for keeping a dream journal here.

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Writing Prompt Wednesday

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Hello Writers,

The three writing prompts for the day (November 12th) are listed below. Choose one of the prompts and post your poem or short story in the “leave a comment” section.

Writing prompts are a great way to practice your writing, share your creations, and to see how other writers think. Remember to add emotions, describe the scenes, use your senses (smell, sight, taste, touch, & hearing), be descriptive, and don’t hold back. 

1. Pick a character/s from any one of your dreams. Describe the character/s in detail. Include how you feel about them, what their purpose was in the dream, what role did they play, or anything else that can get your creative juices flowing. Describe also how the character/s in your dream relate directly to your real life.

2. You’re a writer, and a distressed fan has written you a letter. He or she wants your help with writing a letter to their parents – revealing that they are gay. How do you respond?

3. You’re strolling through the woods one day and come across a trunk. You take the trunk home, open it, and to your surprise it’s filled with items that look very valuable. Along with the valuable items is a letter that looks like it was completed, but never sent. Do you find the person it belongs to or keep the treasure for yourself? Describe the encounter and the feelings that led up to your final decision. 

I chose writing prompt # 2. Read my entry here.

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Punctuation & Spelling Gone Wrong

Punctuation Gone Wrong

Let’s have a good laugh about some of these spelling and punctuation mistakes. At the end of the post I will even show you a mistake that I made in one of my books.

You have no idea how slow I am typing trying to make sure all of my words are spelled correctly. Hahahaha. 

It’s good to laugh at ourselves sometimes.

Enjoy!

The funniest one is the Veggie FRIDE Rice. It is H I L A R I O U S.

And as promised – here’s mind (<<<kidding). Here’s mine.

Mistake

Obviously, the correct spelling is supposed to be cue. It’s so funny that I didn’t just spell that word wrong once. I spelled it wrong twice. Well, I have to laugh at myself from time to time!

Which one of the mistakes above is your favorite? Do you have one of your own to share?

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Writing Prompt Wednesday

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Hello Writers,

The three writing prompts for the day (November 5th) are listed below. Choose one of the prompts and post your poem or short story in the “leave a comment” section.

Writing prompts are a great way to practice your writing, share your creations, and to see how other writers think. Remember to add emotions, describe the scenes, use your senses (smell, sight, taste, touch, & hearing), be descriptive, and don’t hold back. 

1. You’ve come face to face with God in the afterlife… write a short story about the encounter.

2. There’s a letter left on your doorstep by an anonymous individual telling you to meet him or her in the park after dark… write a short story about the encounter.  

3. You’ve come face to face with an alien from another planet. The only way the alien communicates is through symbols and hand gestures. Write a short story about the encounter.

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Why Writing Journey Through Sattara Scared The Hell Out Of Me

Black Panther

Let me start off by saying that when I felt the call to start writing Journey Through Sattara I was so excited.

It felt exciting to receive sudden flashes of inspiration and to wonder where the story was going to go.

The characters hadn’t been developed yet, and I didn’t know what their motivations were, their faults were, their failures were or anything like that. I just knew that I had sudden flashes of insight that I needed to translate into words.

Chapter after chapter came together and I found myself sometimes as excited as the reader to find out what was going to happen next. It was as if the chapters were only revealed to me once I sat down to write.

As I got deeper and deeper into the story I realized that all the characters in the story were me. I realized that I was creating a world where there were injustices that needed to be resolved, feuds that needed to be ended, and internal struggles that needed to be faced and erased.

Once I realized that all the characters were me, parts of my real life story, or parts of my own soul – my stomach started to turn.

Everyday after I finished writing the book I thought to myself,

This book is bigger than me. This book is bigger than me. This book is bigger than me.

That gives you an idea of the repetitive thought pattern that was running through my mind at the time.

But it wasn’t that the book was bigger than me. It’s that the book had parts of me that I was afraid to express. There were injustices that I was afraid to address in my life that I had projected onto the characters in my book.

It’s so funny how we can’t write about something that we do not know. There’s a scene in Journey Through Sattara that hits close to home for me. When I was younger there were times when I would get beatings from my guardian for things that were so small.

I mean can you imagine spilling a glass of water and being immediately popped in the face. Or bringing home a “C” in one of your most difficult subjects and getting beat so bad that you literally were ashamed to even exist.

When I created the scene of Su’Ma returning to his village after he betrayed his family, I had to put feelings and emotions from my real life experience into the heart and soul of that character.

When I wrote that scene I was in Su’Ma’s shoes the whole time and Su’Ma’s father was the guardian that use to beat me.

So when Su’Ma’s father whipped him, I felt the pain of Su’Ma inside. I also had to be the villain. I had to transform myself into the abuser as well. I had to get inside the mind of Su’Ma’s father and become evil, ruthless, and merciless.

Trust me, it’s not an easy thing to do. Especially when you know that through your writing you are facing that monster. You are facing that character that you didn’t have the courage to confront that often in real life. So when Su’Ma had the nerve to stand up to his father that was me acknowledging the fact that I belonged in the world, and my dreams and will needed to be heard. Now don’t get me wrong, standing up for what you believe in doesn’t come without consequences.

Here is a small snippet from the book. 

Su’Ma’s father was there when Su’Ma woke up. Su’Ma was moaning underneath the cloth that covered his face.
“All the years I took care of you, watched after you, taught you, and you make a fool out of me like this,” his father said.
Su’Ma’s father’s face had lost all sympathy. He sharpened the knife he had in his hand furiously. He placed the blade on the edge of a piece of wood and sliced it to make sure it was sharp enough. His father grabbed his arms and sat Su’Ma up on his knees. His eyes scanned the healed branding in the center of his back and the one running down his spine. His father removed the cloth from Su’Ma’s bloody face, grabbed hold of his locks, and bent his head back.
“That symbol on your back is a Ya’Tu symbol? You allowed another tribe to brand you?”
Su’Ma moaned and groaned and his father gripped his hair tighter.
“Answer me,” his father said going ballistic.
“Yes,” Su’Ma said barely able to catch his breath.
Su’Ma struggled through each breath and then went silent.
“So you would deny your entire heritage, your entire lineage, the people you grew up around and who taught you all you know, for a few people that you just met?”
“Yes,” he said panting through his breaths.
“How dishonorable.”
^^Excerpt From Journey Through Sattara^^

I am going to stop right there. I just wanted you to see how intense the scene got. You must read the beginning of the book before you indulge in the rest of that scene. For you to understand and really feel the true emotion of that scene you will have to go back to the beginning of the story. You have to get a feel of who Su’Ma is, what his tribe is like, and what his reasons for denying his lineage were.

The scene is brutally honest and heartbreaking. By that scene you will have fell in love with Su’Ma and to see him go through the pain that he is going to go through is heart-wrenching.

Why The Hell Should You Care To Read What I Write?

I chose to share my novel Journey Through Sattara with the world because I believe there are lessons in the book that will not only shape the way one thinks, but will also reach into your heart and demand sympathy, love, and respect towards the world around you.

So to answer your question… why the hell should you care to read what I write – the answers are simple.

I’m no different than you. I’m someone that has a dream of becoming a writer. Someone who pours her heart and soul out into her books. Someone who wants to make sense of the world. Someone who wants to change it. Someone who envisions a better life for herself and those around her. Someone who believes that there are countless stories to be told and not everyone can relay information in the same way.

Journey Through Sattara is a work of fiction, but it is more real than you think. There isn’t a page written in that book that I didn’t bare all of myself. The good, that bad, and the ugly.

The story is not just about me. The story is about life. It’s about overcoming obstacles, breaking through barriers, and standing up for what you believe in. It’s a tumultuous journey that shapes the characters of two unforgettable individuals.

I guess I would say that you should read the book – simply because I had the courage to write it.

A lot of ideas never even get off the ground. A lot of people doubt themselves before they even try. All I can say about me is that I did have doubt and fear, but regardless of all of that I still put pen to paper and bled.

I believe in my writing. I don’t have any fancy degrees or big name publishers, but I do have a voice and I do have many stories to tell. The only thing that I can promise you is that when you read my novel you will feel the rawness and genuine-ness from which it was written.

Thank you for reading!

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15 Inspirational Quotes For Writers

InspiredHas there ever been a time in your life when you wanted to give up on something that you really wanted because you didn’t feel you had the support you needed?

Were there words that someone said that inspired you to keep going despite the feeling of hopelessness that you carried in your heart?

I believe that the right words read at the right time = a miracle.

That miracle is you turning back in the direction that your soul wants you to take despite the monsters of insecurity, doubt, and fear that creep into your mind.

If you are a writer that is looking for a sign to keep going – you are at the right place at the right time.

Here’s a quick message for you!

Keep going! You will inspire others!

{From Your Soul}

These 15 quotes inspire me to follow my writing heart and I hope they do the same for you.

Quote 1: There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. -Maya Angelou
Quote 2: Writing is the best way to talk without being interrupted. -Jules Renard
Quote 3: “Time to create,” said the heart. “It’s about time,” replied the soul.
Quote 4: Write hard and clear about what hurts. -Ernest Hemingway 
Quote 5: A writer is a world trapped in a person. -Victor Hugo
Quote 6: Yours is a story so brave and so true… and life is awaiting the hero in you.
Quote 7: You don’t have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great. -Les Brown
Quote 8: If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. -Toni Morrison
Quote 9: If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write. -Martin Luther
Quote 10: Quiet people have the loudest minds. -Stephen King Random Thought: Ding Ding Ding this quote is soooo me!
Quote 11: Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open. -Natalie Goldberg (See The Article That This Quote Inspired)
Quote 12: Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. -William Wordsworth Random Thought:: What a cool last name.
Quote 13: Because creating something that didn’t exist before is as close to magic as I’ll ever get. {why-i-write.tumblr.com}
Quote 14: As writers, we get to create and govern the worlds that we dream up. We are the police officers, the priests, the wanderers, the lost souls, the animals, the rioters, the angels, and the demons of our stories. -Yours Truly Renee Brooks
Quote 15: Write drunk; Edit sober. -Ernest Hemingway
What’s your favorite quote?
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Writing Prompt Wednesday

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Hello Writers,

The three writing prompts for the day (October 29th) are listed below. Choose one of the prompts and post your poem or short story in the “leave a comment” section.

Writing prompts are a great way to practice your writing, share your creations, and to see how other writers think. Remember to add emotions, describe the scenes, use your senses (smell, sight, taste, touch, & hearing), be descriptive, and don’t hold back. 

1. Write a poem about homelessness using mostly similes and metaphors. 

2. Write a short story about a dream you’ve had recently. 

3. Write a poem that has a color at the end of every line.

I Chose Writing Prompt # 1

The concrete is my bed
Cardboards are my sheets
A smile is my hope
A hot meal is my reach
The strangers that walk by
See me as a leech
They have no idea 
That my heart lost its peace
Degrading like castration
My future’s as bleak
As a bird without wings
It’s unsettling to me
My heart’s as cold as ice
Towards the hand that I’ve been dealt
No money, no life
No warmth to be felt
A hard knock life it is indeed 
I can’t wait for the day
That this darkness sets me free
:::Written By Renee Brooks:::

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The Top 5 Reasons I Love To Write

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Reason #1: To Express My Thoughts & Emotions

If I don’t write to empty my mind, I go mad. – Lord Byron

It’s so true, isn’t it? There are so many other ways to express yourself, but for me writing seems to be the way that is most natural. I could have easily just picked another craft to indulge in, but there is something about writing that just delights my soul. With so many emotions and thoughts flowing through us there has to be some kind of outlet.

For as long as I can remember I carried a notebook around with me. Whether it was venting to my best friend about my annoying teachers back in high school, writing letters to those who hurt me deeply, or just writing down 100 reasons why I loved someone near and dear, writing has been a way to make sense of all the emotions and thoughts that flow through me.

Reason #2: Freedom

If I wanted to write a story about pink fairies, in purple dresses, dancing around a small pond filled with sugar – I could!

I love that writing has no restrictions. I can be as sinister or as ethereal as I want to be. When I put pen to paper there is no telling what my crazy mind may conjure up. I can go as far as I want to go, dig into any topic that delights me, travel to the darkest corners of my mind, and excavate treasures that are beyond my wildest dreams.

There is freedom in writing and freedom is what our soul cries out for.

Reason # 3: I Am Judge, Jury, & Executioner

And I don’t have to feel bad about it either. I love the fact that I am the one who sets all the rules in my writings. I am the God of the story! I give all of my characters their motives, intentions, desires, and their path. I get to say who stays and who goes. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!

As writers, we get to create and govern the worlds that we dream up. We are the police officers, the priests, the wanderers, the lost souls, the animals, the rioters, the angels, and the demons of our stories.

Reason # 4: I Get To Experience Different Parts Of Myself

Ohhhhh how I loved experiencing myself as a black panther named “Jungle Cat” in my novel Journey Through Sattara. The power and influence of that animal in my story helped me see the power and influence that I have within me. (*Spoiler Alert*) The fact that I could dream up an animal that plays such a huge part in the survival of Ne’Ya and Su”Ma (the two main characters of the novel), is amazing to me. The characters that we give life to in our stories are the parts of ourselves that want to be expressed. Who knew that I was that powerful, that fearless, and that instinctual? If you haven’t read Journey Through Sattara yet, it’s about time that you get a copy.

Reason #5: For The Fantasies

“Why can’t you just say it? Are you attracted to me Mr Jones?”

He didn’t answer. He just dropped his head again.

“I think I am going to head home now,” he said as he put the glass to his lips to finish off his drink.

“Why?” I asked curiously.

“Because if I stay here, I am going to be very disrespectful to you.”

– Excerpt From My Novel Hooked On The Jones

It doesn’t matter if we say it or not – we live in our minds. We are always daydreaming about things that society would deem inappropriate. Writing helps us act out those fantasies without causing too much trouble. The character Leslie that I dreamt up in my Hooked On The Jones book is smart, sexy, and well put-together. Those are all qualities that are acceptable in today’s society. (*Spoiler Alert*) But add a Manhattan apartment, a powerful business man, and a few drinks and suddenly you have a scene that if lived out in real life, would have your momma smack you across the face.

We have all dreamed about crossing boundaries and doing things way outside of our character. Writing allows you the freedom to do it, but without ruining your marriage or life afterwards.

In Closing

Writing is a way of life. It’s how we express ourselves and communicate how we feel. We create worlds with our words and words have power. I have always believed that. You can write a few sentences and crush someone’s spirit to the point of no return or you can write a story that inspires a nation, that heals, and that unites. My book Mother Father God is a perfect example of that.

Writing is in me. I may not form my sentences in ways that everyone deems appropriate, but there are stories to be told, and energy that would like to be expressed. I write because I believe I was chosen to write. I believe there is Great Spirit that has something to say and it comes to me (in the form of inspiration), because I am the perfect person to say it.

I don’t know why, but apparently it sees something in me. It sees something in the experiences that I’ve gathered throughout life. It sees something in the way that I put words together. It feels something in my heart that is a match to its spirit. What could be more exciting than an unseen force wanting to speak, and choosing you to script the story that it wants to tell?

How about you? Why do you love to write?

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Awesome Book Review: Journey Through Sattara

Journey deep into the heart of the Sattara Jungle where the story of two rival tribes (the Ja’Ka Tribe and the Ya’Tu Tribe) is captured.
Journey deep into the heart of the Sattara Jungle where the story of two rival tribes (the Ja’Ka Tribe and the Ya’Tu Tribe) is captured.

Another Great Book Review for Journey Through Sattara!

4-5

4.5 out of 5 cupcakes is awesome!

Thank you Skeptical Reader for reviewing Journey Through Sattara and for giving your honest feedback.

To see the full book review by The Skeptical Reader please click the link below.

Review | Journey Through Sattara by Renee Brooks.

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Review | Journey Through Sattara by Renee Brooks.

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