Friday, November 4, 2016

Writing Prompts: Silver Linings

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I beg your pardon
I never promised you a rose garden.
Along with the sunshine
There's gotta be a little rain sometimes

Cliche alert!  Every cloud has a silver lining.  Every rose has its thorn. This is the writing tips part of the post--avoid cliches like the plague!  (Oh, wait...no avoid cliches like you would avoid the thorns on a rose...or like you would avoid beer with caviar.  Then again, maybe you like beer with caviar.)

The prompt is: tell a story of a bad situation with a silver lining, real or made up.

A thunderstorm, the power went out, but....

A collision with another driver who turned out to be....

The horse went lame two days before the end of the journey, which turned out to be very fortunate because....

The test results were bad but look what good came of it....

I wouldn't have wanted to be in that professor's class, but in retrospect....

We interrupt this broadcast to mention--I'm featured in the Dennis Higgins/Virginia Wright Fan Club today.  Stop by for a chance to win a copy of one of my books.

One of my silver linings relates to National Novel Writing Month.  I'll spare the ugly details, but 2005 was a bad year.  The silver lining was that the events of that year prompted the decision to get back to my writing.  In retrospect, my life has become much better as a result of what seemed only bad at the time.

On the topic of NaNoWriMo, whether you are taking part or not, it's a great resource.  Check out their forums.  Among them are the plot doctoring forum for help with--well, it's sort of self-explanatory, isn't it!  The resource forum is a great place to ask questions about things outside your experience.  How do you care for a baby turtle?  What kind of gear is necessary for a mountain expedition?  What songs might a Scottish mother sing to her child?  Someone there is bound to know the answer.


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