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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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Writing Challenge of the Day!

October 22, 2021– Have you picked out your Halloween costume yet? We have! We can’t wait to facetime with the kids and see their costumes too. Halloween is my most favourite day of the year, and I think it’s because it’s the chance to play with outrageous makeup, dress up, and take on an entirely new persona.

There’s a quote that says, “Give a man a mask, and he becomes his true self.” I think the Joker said that, but the original (similar) quote was by Oscar Wilde. What does hiding behind a mask do for our true selves? I’m not talking about pandemic masks; I’m talking about the masks that we show the world on a daily basis. Do people ever know who we really are? Or are we only showing them who we want them to think we are? Why do we do this? Perhaps it’s a protective response-we don’t want to give too much of ourselves away, or maybe it’s because we don’t know who we are to begin with? Everyone has their own answer.

A couple of years ago, I was fortunate enough to be in New York City for work, and I decided to see a play. I chose Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theatre and excitedly took my seat before the show started. I had a few minutes to absorb the magnificent surroundings and take it all in. It was absolutely stunning! Then internal dialogue took over as I stared at the mask on the playbill; hidden identity, obsession, torture, longing, and injustice were all words that came to mind. For today’s challenge, I’m asking you to do the same.

Look at the photo prompt above and write down all of the words that come to mind, be careful not to edit your stream of thought; get the words on the page. After that, write a short story or poem using all of the words. It can be as long or as short as you’d like.

Happy writing, and as usual, if you’d like to submit your work for consideration, please send us an email at pandapublishing8@gmail.com.

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Isn’t it Romantic?

October 20, 2021-We’re about ten days away from wrapping up the month! I can’t believe how time flies, and I certainly hope you’re having fun with our author challenge this month.

As you know, we’ve provided writing prompts during October to challenge you to get out of your space and to expand your imagination, creativity, and skills. For today’s challenge here’s what I want you to do!

Instructions: Using the photo prompt above, please write a 500-word story in the romance genre using the first-person narrative. The word count specification makes this task especially challenging, but I know you can do it!

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Writing Prompt October Challenge for Authors

October 18, 2021– October will be over in just under two weeks; can you believe it? We’ve figured out Luna’s Halloween costume, the cats’ costumes, and our own, so we are officially ready to celebrate Halloween over Zoom with our families!

We hope you’re enjoying the author challenge this month, which is photo writing prompts, and I hope you’re discovering things about yourself as an author and about your work. Let’s dig into today’s assignment.

Instructions: Write a 2,000-word short story using the photo prompt above. Use first-person narrative in the mystery genre. A lot of people make the mistake of using too much internal dialogue when writing in the first person, but a quick tip to help you correct this is to think of your manuscript as if it were being made into a movie. If your book made it to the big screen, would your audience know what’s going on based on what you’ve written?

First-person narrative: First-person narrative sits the reader right beside the main character during the story. The reader experiences everything the main character does and has a front-row seat to the action!  Use the pronouns “I,” “me,” “we,” and “us” to tell a story from the main character’s perspective.

Mystery genre: The mystery genre contains stories with narration in which one or more elements remain unknown until the end; the stories are like puzzles, where the reader is given one piece at a time to figure out the big picture. It starts backward (like with a dead body) and then finds out who the killer is. A thriller is when the story works forwards.

Happy writing! As always, feel free to send us your work for consideration to pandapublishing8@gmail.com.

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Writing Prompt October 15

October 15, 2021- We’re officially halfway through October! We hope that you’ve enjoyed the writing prompts so far and that you’re growing your art as a result.

I love red lipstick. I think it looks elegant, beautiful, and mysterious; it definitely says something about the person wearing it. It’s fierce, feminine energy that is not to be underestimated. Today’s photo challenge spoke to me; danger, deception, and possibly a femme fatale? I think so.  For today’s challenge, I’d like you to write a 1500 word short story using the photo above about a private investigator gone rogue who meets their match with a lethal enchantress. Happy writing! X LLB

 

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Writing Prompt of the Day

October 5, 2021– We’ve been stretching our imagination muscles with writing prompts as our theme this month! I hope that you’ve been participating in the challenge and that you’re keeping your collection of short stories for submission to a publisher eventually. If you’d like to submit your work to us at the end of this challenge, feel free to do so at pandapublishing8@gmail.com.

Today’s assignment: Using the photo above, write a 4500-word short story from a third-person omniscient point of view (and to throw a monkey wrench into this challenge even further); please write your story in the psych thriller genre.

Definitions:
Omniscient
-A narration style that is all-seeing, all-knowing, of all characters. The narrator tells the story from multiple characters’ perspectives.

A great example of the above perspective is The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Psychological-thriller is a genre that combines psychological and thriller genres into one. The thriller aspect usually contains crime, mystery, espionage, all while psychologically manipulating the reader/audience.

Great examples of this type of genre include The Woman Next Door by Sue Watson, and my book Obsessed with Her available here: Obsessed with Her Novel – Pandamonium Publishing House.

Happy Writing! X LLB

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October is Here! (and so is our next theme)

October 1, 2021– I’m so excited that October is here because it’s the most wonderful time of the year to me! It’s that much closer to Halloween and that’s my favourite day, it’s like Christmas! This month we’re going to focus on writing prompts so that you can continue to hone your craft. Writing prompts are great because they open up our minds and stretch our imaginations and sometimes allow us to escape our comfort zone by writing out of our genre. This is going to be a really great month and I’m so excited that you’ll be joining us!

Here is the writing prompt for today: Using the photo above, write a 1200 word short story in the cozy romance genre.  Definition of “cozy romance” according to the Huffington Post: Cozies are fun to read. There’s a formula to the cozies that work very well drawing readers back again and again. The amateurs in such stories are nearly always well educated, intuitive women. Books, especially in series form usually have the story line relate to the detective’s job or hobby. Murderers in cozy mysteries are generally intelligent, rational, articulate people, and murders are pretty much bloodless and neat. Violence and sex are low-key and supporting background characters bring comic relief to the story. Some cozy series are set during holidays such as Valentine’s Day or Christmas making them more intimate to the reader.

 

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Falling For You (Your story could be featured!)

September 14, 2020– It seems that in our part of the world (North America), that fall is here! The weather has changed drastically almost overnight, and there has been a decrease in temperature that is downright chilly. This time of year brings such a change in nature, and I fully embrace the season with all of my senses.

The writing prompt for today is Autumn.  When I think of Autumn I think of:

  • Leaves changing colour to orange, brown, rust, gold, and red
  • Apple cider/apple picking
  • Pumpkins/pumpkin patch
  • Blankets, sweaters, fuzzy socks, and scarves
  • Thanksgiving
  • Halloween
  • Fireplace
  • A good book
  • Warm drinks and artisan coffee
  • Rain
  • Soup

Here’s an easy writing exercise to get you in the mood for fall:

  1. Make a list of everything that reminds you of Autumn.
  2. Use the list you’ve made to write a 500-word short story, poem, or journal entry.
  3. Submit your story to pandapublishing8@gmail.com for a chance to be featured on our blog on Thursday, October 1st!

 

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Deer Diary! Coming Soon to a Book Store Near You!

August 5, 2017-I’m excited to let everyone know that Deer Diary is COMPLETE! A huge, very special thank you, to Shamayal Hayat, illustrator extraordinaire. She is crazy talented and never missed a deadline, for that, I am so grateful.

Look for Deer Diary in a book store near you, on October 1st, 2017. The book will sell for $12 CAD/US and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to protecting and conserving wildlife. The causes we support include the World Wildlife Fund, the Canadian Wildlife Federation, and the American Wildlife Foundation.  I’ll also have limited edition finger puppets of all of the characters from the book! Collect them all!

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