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I need help with my writing, if you don't mind?

I need help with my writing, if you don't mind? Topic: Prompts for writing about yourself
April 21, 2019 / By Piety
Question: I've been an avid writer for as long as I can remember. But for a while, I got off the whole writing thing because I was so busy with my life. Now, I'm starting to write again. But it's getting hard because I don't have any ideas, or any character names. I'm just trying to find a new thing to write about. Not vampires, werewolves, or anything like that. But something magical, paranormal, like that. Thanks for your help
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Marylyn Marylyn | 7 days ago
Try typing "fantasy writing prompt" into Google... Take the plot of a good non-fantasy story (it's OK, plots aren't protected by copyright) and ask how it might change if you put it into a fantasy setting. What if the main character was a wizard or an elf or a dragon? How might he approach his main conflict or obstacle in the story differently? Have a look at a "weird news" site, such as this one: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/oddlyenough.htm... Scroll down to the part that has just the headlines. Without clicking the headlines to see what the story really is, try to interpret one or more of them in a fantasy context. When I went to look at the page just now, the sixth entry in the "just the headlines" section was "Romanian Witches Cast Spell Over Tax Laws" - pure gold for a fantasy writer. Lots of fantasy stories have powerful wizards running the country. How about instead of ruling by force, they have to work in some sort of parliament, where they make laws by casting spells together? Good spells, or spells where the casting is somehow "in harmony", make good laws. Or they vote on new laws, the same way parliaments do on Earth, but some wizards try to influence the vote by casting spells on other wizards?
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Marylyn Originally Answered: I need help with my writing, if you don't mind?
Try typing "fantasy writing prompt" into Google... Take the plot of a good non-fantasy story (it's OK, plots aren't protected by copyright) and ask how it might change if you put it into a fantasy setting. What if the main character was a wizard or an elf or a dragon? How might he approach his main conflict or obstacle in the story differently? Have a look at a "weird news" site, such as this one: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/oddlyenough.htm... Scroll down to the part that has just the headlines. Without clicking the headlines to see what the story really is, try to interpret one or more of them in a fantasy context. When I went to look at the page just now, the sixth entry in the "just the headlines" section was "Romanian Witches Cast Spell Over Tax Laws" - pure gold for a fantasy writer. Lots of fantasy stories have powerful wizards running the country. How about instead of ruling by force, they have to work in some sort of parliament, where they make laws by casting spells together? Good spells, or spells where the casting is somehow "in harmony", make good laws. Or they vote on new laws, the same way parliaments do on Earth, but some wizards try to influence the vote by casting spells on other wizards?

Laraine Laraine
I don't know where you live, but most countries have at least one magazine devoted to the paranormal and weird goings-on. In the UK, the main one is called Fortean Times. You will find lots and lots of articles in there that could inspire a fantasy/paranormal story. There are articles about people's supposed true-life experiences, 'ghost' photography, cryptozoology articles, etc etc - basically anything about 'the unexplained'. I don't believe a word of any of it. I do, however, get lots and lots of inspiration from it for certain types of story. So much so that I have a subscription, in fact. So, I would suggest you check out those types of magazine and take an article as inspiration.
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Jerrie Jerrie
Sometimes, you need a base idea to form creative response. In other words, you need to take others ideas and add or make some changes to what you already know. It happens all the time, and its not a bad place to start when your brain dead. Try picking up some books, preferably popular known writers, and try adding to it. Eventually, it may lead to something entirely new. Of course, it takes quite a lot of time. If you don't like that idea, you can always look at everyday life and take notes in a little note book and try to come up with a story that you found interesting in those events.
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Flora Flora
You have to figure out some ideas for yourself if you want your writing to be any good. If you just go off of an idea someone gave you, you won't be totally into it and it won't be as good as it could be. I've tried, I would know. Brainstorm ideas. Try going for a walk, listening to music (and I mean really listening to the words, not just the beat), going somewhere crowded like a mall or restaurant. It takes time, but you'll figure something out.
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Dalia Dalia
Study the Bible. Francine Rivers, a well known author has written books based on characters and stories in it. But don't change anything about the truth that is represented within the the Holy Book.
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Blanda Blanda
Maybe the story of a girl who is for some reason (she's not dead) was sent to the underworld and must escape before demons/ghosts or whatever get/kill her.
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Blanda Originally Answered: How can I get rid of the war that's going on in my mind?(Christians only?)?
Martin Luther wrote, "The Devil throws throws hideous thoughts into the soul--hatred of God, blasphemy and despair." Satan can put thoughts into your mind. "'Voices' in the mind are not uncommon: blasphemous mockeries, spurts of temptation to wallow in fantasy or behavior, persuasive lines of unbelief. Classic spiritual warfare interprets these as coming directly from the evil one." (David Powlison) This happened to me, with swear words (and I never swear). It's just a ploy of the Devil. They're his thoughts, not yours. You have no reason to feel guilty. Godly guilt leads us to repentence and restoration, not continuing sorrow. "Submit to God and resist the devil and he will flee from you." You CAN be free from this! I strongly recommend you buy and go through the following booklet: "The Steps To Freedom In Christ": A Step-By-Step Guide To Help You --Resolve personal and spiritual conflicts --Break free from bondage and renew your mind --Experience daily victory as a child of God You can buy it here for $4.99: http://www.amazon.com/Steps-Freedom-Christ-Booklet-Revision/dp/0830735860/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1243627783&sr=8-1 Watch this video: (It's only 5 minutes long, with over 20 million views): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyheJ480LYA. This is what Jesus wants to do for you in your own life, as he has in mine.^ You're right: it IS a battle--you must pick up your weapon! The "Sword of the Spirit" (the Word of God) is your weapon against the Enemy (Satan), and you need to know and use it. Satan is a "prowling lion" waiting for an opportunity to pounce. His weapon? the Lie. Yours? The truth. "We are in a war," explains author Joyce Meyer. "Our warfare is not with other human beings but with the devil and his demons (Ephesians 6:12)." The primary battlefield? The mind. The goal of our warfare? To steal back our thought life and take it captive to Christ by choosing to think Christ's thoughts about any situation, instead of Satan's or our own. The weapon? The sword of the Spirit; the Word of God. “Pilate said, ‘What is truth?’” The truth is always revealed through the Word. The “truth” that Jesus prayed to God we would be consecrated in was “God’s word.” If you don’t line up your thinking with God’s word (the truth), you will never experience victory. Spend time reading bible. The bible is the King's love letter to you. It is vitally important to spend time in God's Word. "Man cannot live on bread alone," said Jesus. "If you abide (continue) in My Word, you will know the truth and the truth will set you free." (Jesus) "Everything we need for life and for godliness, everything that goes into a life of pleasing God, has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. " (2 Peter 1:3) God's Word helps you understand God's love for you and come to know God; it holds you up in hard times; comforts, calms, encourages, strengthens, revives, renews, heals, guides and shapes you, shows you what's in your heart and grows you up in the Lord (among other things--see the bible for more). --"Everything’s falling apart on me, God; put me together again with your Word." (Psalm 119) --"My sad life’s dilapidated, a falling down barn; build me up again by your Word." --"I hang on to those words for dear life. These words hold me up in bad times." --"Your love and truth are [what] keeps me together." (Psalm 40:11) --"Your words...throw a beam of light on my dark path." (Psalm 119) --"You’re my place of quiet retreat; I wait for your Word to renew me." (Psalm 119) --"Oh, how I love all you've revealed; I reverently ponder it all the day long." (Psalm 119:103) --"You thrill to God's Word, you chew on Scripture day and night." (Psalm 1:2) (continued)

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