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October Writing Prompt Challenge for Authors

October 28, 2021– I usually write a whole whack of blog posts all at once, but for some reason, today, I had no idea what I wanted to write about. Sometimes we struggle as authors to find inspiration, but we have to keep looking. Finally, I found a photo that inspired me for today’s challenge!

Instructions:
Using the photo above, write an 850-word children’s book. Remember to have a beginning, middle, and end as well as rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. Start where the action is!

My take on this is that the little girl opens the door to the playhouse and is transported to a magical world. Maybe there are toys inside, and they come to life to and help her on an adventure, or perhaps there’s some mission she has to accept to save the other toys from a bully; wherever your imagination takes you, follow it! Have fun with this exercise, and remember to make everything larger than life!

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Dystopia

October 25, 2021-There are only a few more days to take advantage of our writing prompt challenges this month! I hope that if you’ve been participating, you’re enjoying the process, learning a lot about who you are as an author, and stretching yourself outside of your limits.

Let’s talk about today’s challenge! Here are the instructions, and then we’ll get into the definition and types of dystopias.

Write a 2,000-word short story using the photo above. Tell it from the fourth-person narrative and use all five senses.

Ouch, this is a tough one! Let’s get into some definitions:

Fourth-person narrative: The term is also sometimes used for the category of indefinite or generic referents, which work like one in English phrases. For example, “One should be prepared.” It’s essentially a non-specific third person. One, someone, somebody, anyone, anybody, oneself, one’s.

Here’s my take on fourth person narrative for this prompt: One could only imagine what happened here; there is destruction everywhere, complete devastation, and absolute suffering. Someone or something is responsible for this atrocity against humanity.

Dystopia: An imaginary place where the state of being is appalling and/or oppressive. The word dystopia comes from Greek root words that mean “bad place.” The opposite of utopia.

Types of Dystopia:

  1. Bureaucratic control-Relentless government rules and regulations.
  2. Corporate control-Large corporation(s) control people through the media or products.
  3. Religious control-An ideology enforced by the government controls society’s beliefs.
  4. Technological control– Science, robots, or computers control society and the people that live there.

A FABULOUS example of a dystopian society that is under technological control is our very own Paul Moscarella’s Machinia available here: Machinia : Moscarella, Paul A., Goubar, Alex: Amazon.ca: Books

Happy writing, and as always, feel free to submit your work for consideration to pandapublishing8@gmail.com 

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Photo Prompt

October 13, 2021-October makes me want to snuggle up with a good book and a piping hot cup of coffee. There’s something about the temperature dropping, the sound of crunching leaves underfoot, and pumpkins lining front porches, that gets me in the zone for not only reading a cute cozy romance but to write as well.  The writing challenge for today is simple yet beautiful.

Instructions: Using the photo prompt above, write a 1500 word short story about coffee. It can be in any genre you choose. Will you write about the taste and smell of freshly ground beans? Will you write about how coffee gives you superpowers? Will you write about an encounter in a coffee shop around the corner from your house? Will you write about the historic discovery of coffee on the Ethiopian plateau? The sky is the limit!

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Photo Challenge for Authors

October 7, 2021– I hope you’re enjoying our theme this month which is meant to stretch you out of your writing comfort zone! We’re posting a photo each day with instructions so that you can get the most out of the exercises and continue to hone your craft.

Today’s assignment: Write a 50-word rhyming poem using the photo above. A simple photo with so much potential.

I think that it’s incredibly challenging to rhyme well, and the objective of this assignment is to show you how difficult it is. We discourage rhyming prose in children’s books (99% of the time) because it can’t be done to perfection. We find that authors make up words to fit the rhyme rather than focus on the story and character development/confict resolution.

Happy writing! And if you’re ever inclined to send in your work for consideration, send it to pandapublishing8@gmail.com.