Monday, November 7, 2011

Shopping For A Pageant Dress Is Like A Writer's Diction

Back by popular demand, I'm bringing you another Edition of Monday Munchies ~ 5 thought provoking tabs you can ponder throughout the week and use to inspire your writing. Or you can use them to just make you laugh.




1) Participating in PiBoIdMo has really fueled my creative juices, only not always in the most appropriate way. Man, has my mind taken left turns and muscled in the backseat all week. Try using an 'inappropriate' idea at the most inopportune time for one of your characters. (Of course, keep it tasteful, please.) This sort of ingredient could also add spice during a scene, which would otherwise have been run-of-the-mill.


2) Yesterday, the hubs and I took the four chicklets to our local park for family pictures. And yes, we took dah' pooch. Tell me what image first came to your mind when I mentioned that we'd brought the dog. Go with it. Add it to one of your scenes. BE DARING.


3) For those of you who are history buffs, said park above is actually a historical park. Yup, can you believe it even in Maine. Fort Halifax Park is a small, quaint grassy area outlining the Kennebec River. It houses the only piece of the original Fort Halifax left for visitors to see. But it has a HUGE history attached to it. Try deepening the backstory of some element in your current story.


4) Friday, my daughter and I ventured through two states on a journey to find me the perfect pageant dress. Well, the pageant dress that was perfect for me. We found two, and came home with none. Search your current story and add a disappointment to a scene or character. See where it takes you.


I could tell you what's going on with the dress, but that's for a progress report day, which I'll be doing tomorrow!! And I'll also explain the connection between 'diction' and shopping. Hope you find these munchies useful. Until tomorrow....


19 comments:

  1. Thanks for the inspiration this week. Sorry you didn't get a dress. Sounds like you went far & wide to find it.

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  2. I hate shopping for formal dresses! Hope you find one soon!

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  3. Great suggestions! I'm always looking for ways to deepen the mood or story.
    Anxious to hear about the dress excursion! I'll tune into tomorrow. Pics?? :)

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  4. I know that issue of coming home empty handed and i'm very curious as to the reason.

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  5. No dress after all of that work. Oh that sucks! :(

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  6. Sorry about the dress :) But thanks for the ideas!!

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  7. That is a great suggestion. Sorry about the dress but hopefully you'll eventually find the right one!

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  8. This was fun! I am definitely going to try out #1!! :-)

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  9. Awesome!! Well that pooch took off into the woods at night, with a storm coming. HEE!

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  10. Neat prompts! I can see how helpful they are.

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  11. oh, love the idea of adding history to the setting. You know me... sort of a history nut. I'll be looking forward to hearing about your shopping day.

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  12. I can't imagine shopping for a pageant dress. I had a tough time finding a dress to wear to a holiday social. LOL

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  13. These are awesome munchies! And no dress? Now I"m curious!

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  14. Loved this post! It's a shame about the dress.

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  15. Ciara - then you can understand my angst. I'm not a fan of shopping one bit. At times, I felt like pulling out my teeth.

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  16. Haha! I love how you take every day occurrences and make them into great writing exercises. Awesome!

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  17. Thanks, Lisa! And trust me, living with four kiddos, the hubby, and the dog, I have plenty of 'every day occurrences' to choose from. lol

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  18. Oh, these are all great tips, Sher! I love the one with the dog and the deepening the backstory. I love doing unexpected stuff and going further into characters' backgrounds. No worries about the dress. You'll find the right one! :o) <3

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  19. I hope you find a gorgeous dress. And thanks for the great tips.

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