Sunday, February 3, 2019

Reading challenges as writing prompts

So - why have I been posting all these writing prompts here?

The first rule of good writing is "READ!" Read good literature, read bad literature, read more, read everything!

Also, when I was reading these reading challenge lists, I got inspired. It felt like a list of books I WANT TO WRITE.

Instead of "read a comic written and drawn by the same person", I start thinking about writing and drawing a comic book."

"A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries" How would a story set in Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa look... hmm...

"A book about nature" What would that be? How would my Walden be? Maybe some sort of combination of Walden, Blue Castle and Two Little Savages... written from the point of view of Valancy and Barney's daughter... maybe add a bit of The Bear And The Nightingale to it... I like Vasilissa. She reminds me of myself when I was little.

"A western". Karl May never visited the American West.

A book of colonial or postcolonial literature. My first thought was "how could I write this, I'm not from a formerly colonized country." But then I realised that I most certainly am :-D Finland was colonized by the Swedes from 13th century and by the Russians from 1809 to 1917. I can most certainly write postcolonial literature!

On top of this, I am inspired by the books I write... I was thinking of writing fan fiction of all the books I read, but... I have read like a book a day since I started this, and I have no time for writing :-D
Uh, I know... excuses, excuses. If I spend less time writing on my blog and more time writing, I would have all the time needed :-D After all, I am not reading 24/7. (or 16/7) I COULD give writing a couple of hours every day, after all, I do think of me as a writer.

There was a blonde woman named, Cindy, that was in deep financial problems.
So she got on her knees and prayed "Dear God, please let me win the lottery. I really need your help or I'll loose my car, the house, and everything else."
She doesn't win.
The next day she prays to God "God! I really really need your help! I'll loose my car, the house, and everything else."
Once again, she doesn't win.
The next day she says the same prayer; then God speaks to her " Cindy! work with me here, BUY A TICKET!!"
God tells me "Ket! Work with me here! WRITE THE BOOK!"

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