YouTube Tuesday: Darkest Passions

This poem was originally written for Poetry 101, with the prompt ‘dark’:

Darkest Passions

I must admit, I do not know
Whether it is the eerie glow
That makes your secrets interest me
Or if it’s something I can’t see.
But always, you have filled my mind
With sense of power over mankind:
It helped me through on solemn days
(And in some more erotic ways)
To ponder evil over good;
I feel more curious than I should.
The elusive secrets of your magic
Could turn into something tragic:
Why then, do you lure me in?
Today I count another sin.

INSPIRATION CALL: Holiday Photo Writing Challenge

Here’s a great writing challenge – perfect for this time of year.

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INSPIRATION CALL: Holiday Photo Writing Challenge
Use the photo below as inspiration to write a poem or short story with the theme: HOPE

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Writing Prompt #191 “A World Apart Part 1”

Here’s a great writing exercise for you to try!

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This week we are doing something a little bit different you are going to create a fictional landscape/dreamscape. For those of you worried about the collages there are still more to come in future installments!

Step 1 is the setting. If you don’t feel comfortable creating a place from scratch you can use a preexisting place such as Hogwart’s Academy, Venus, Toronto, your local coffee shop, The Shire, Sigil, Gotham etc.

Or in more generic terms you can describe/create
A planet
A city
A village
A school
A hospital
An institution
A playground
A household
Basically any place you can think of

For this first exercise you don’t need to describe the inhabitants in detail, the religious or philosophical beliefs, the government/codes of conduct because that will come in later installments. For this first exercise I just want you to focus on the appearance and qualities of the…

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Three Line Tales, Week Forty-Six

A great writing prompt, this one can be good if you can’t find a lot of time to write, but it really makes you think!

Only 100 Words

Welcome to Week Forty-Six of Three Line Tales.

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You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post (& check the link shows up under the weekly post).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • If you want your post to be included in the round-up, you have until Sunday evening to publish it.
  • Have fun.

Happy three-lining!

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Sunday Photo Fiction – December 11th 2016

Photo prompts are always a great challenge – here’s one to get you writing on a Sunday!

Sunday Photo Fiction

The idea of Sunday Photo Fiction is to create a story / poem or something using around about 200 words with the photo as a guide. Please try to keep it as close to the 200 words as possible. It doesn’t have to be centre stage in the story, I have seen some where the placement is so subtle, the writer states where it is.

Careful editing is the key to keeping the story within the constrains of the limit. 200 words may seem like a lot, but it disappears quickly. The challenge makes you look at replacing two words with one, and a little jiggery pokery. A few words over is sometimes necessary when there is no way of shrinking it without losing an integral part of the story. Using a program like Microsoft Word or Open Office have a word counter so you can see how many you…

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Prompts: Types of Prompt

The end of 2016 is nearly here, and with the beginning of a new year, many of us will be thinking about what we can change or improve in our lives for 2017. For those of us with blogs, it can be a chance to implement new additions to our blog, such as expanding it or posting more regularly. These are decisions that can be made at any time, of course, but the beginning of a new year often heralds the opportunity to make the changes we want to make. The obstacle for many of us is simple: how can I post good content more frequently than I did this year? One solution is through the clever use of prompts.

This month is all about prompts. I will be sharing some great sites that share encouraging prompts on WordPress with you. All of the blogs I share with you try to help writers to get into the creative mode when they have spare time to work on their writing. Some of them provide a new prompt every week; others every single day. Today, let’s think about why the type of prompt you use can affect your writing success.

When you were in school, you might have been introduced to the concept of different types of learner. Some people are visual learners; they learn things through pictures and diagrams. Others are auditory learners; they learn by listening to things. Others learn by reading and writing. And still others are kinaesthetic learners; they learn by doing. Why is this relevant? Well, our brains work in different ways, so we all respond differently to different types of prompt.

Let’s consider a few types of prompt that we might come across

Visual Prompt

An image might be a very useful prompt for a writer who often finds themselves building story ideas around the things they see every day.

Word Prompt

A single word can be enough to inspire a great masterpiece, if the right writer is around.

Finish the Story Prompt

You’re given a sentence or a paragraph, and you have to finish the poem or story. This one can be hard if you find it tough to finish something that has been started by somebody else.

Timed Prompt

3 … 2 … 1 … start writing! What about? Anything, just keep writing for the next X minutes to see what you can come up with. Then post it. Not everybody’s cup of tea.

What If? Prompts

What if aliens arrived tomorrow? What if zombies attacked us? What if puppies were free? A “what if?” prompt asks all the important questions.

Of course, there are many other types of prompt that you might come across, such as word limit prompts, or prompts that give you a form or technique to use in your piece. Try as many of them as you can – but take note of the ones that come more naturally to you. Those are your go-to prompts, the ones that will help you to create more solid pieces of writing and keep your creative mind busy.


This month’s theme is be PROMPTS. If you have written something about prompts or would like me to share your prompt, then please post a link in the comments or email me on lauramarieclark1@gmail.com with the subject: Prompts.

2 December 2016

A great Friday prompt – 100 words based on a picture prompt.

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Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 100

THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT

            In preparation for his bar mitzvah, twelve-year-old Harvey Weinstein opened the book to his parashah. His stomach rumbled. “I’m hungry.”

            “Sh’mot beginning with Chapter 16,” said Rabbi Shmuel. “First in English, then Hebrew.”

            Harvey fumed. “I’m tired of Torah. I’d rather play Xbox.”

            “This is the perfect reading for you.” The rabbi winked and pointed to the page. “The children of Israel kvetched day and night in the wilderness. ‘Oy, Moses, we’re wet. We’re cold. We’re starving to…

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Theme for December: Prompts

Each month, this blog will feature posts on a specific theme. This month’s theme will be PROMPTS. I will be sharing links to some great blogs on WordPress that regularly provide writing prompts, to help you feel inspired this December.

If you have written something about prompts or would like me to share your prompt, then please post a link in the comments or email me on lauramarieclark1@gmail.com with the subject: Prompts.

Don’t forget that this blog is still accepting submissions, so hop on over to the Submit page if you are interested in having your writing featured here.