Written by Shery Ma Belle Arrie

Every idea we may have stumbled upon one time or another has already been thought of and done by another person.

A story idea you may be thinking of writing into a full-fledge novel right now has a good chance of having been thought of by another writer. She may already be writing about it; he may have already published it.

This is what makes writing interesting -- it's like a big spin-the-bottle game where we --repparttar writers and authors -- take a stab at putting our own brand of originality (or uniqueness) in a theme that's been used so many times.

It's like beating something up until it turns into a pulp; or wringing out a piece of cloth until there's not a drop of water left. And because we're writers, there's no letting up -- we'd continue to write about things that have already been written aboutrepparttar 129777 same way that an obsessed Beatles fan would play "Hey, Jude" over and over on his old phonograph and get absolutely high while singing, "Na na na na na na na na na..Hey Jude..."

It was Heraclitus,repparttar 129778 Greek philosopher who said, "We cannot crossrepparttar 129779 same river twice." And it's true becauserepparttar 129780 second time we cross a river we've crossed before, we're different and so isrepparttar 129781 water. Of course, he was talking aboutrepparttar 129782 theory of repparttar 129783 communication process -- thatrepparttar 129784 change inrepparttar 129785 person who crossedrepparttar 129786 river a year ago was caused by his intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships over time: his field of experience has changed since then. Thus, a year later and he happens to crossrepparttar 129787 same river (or a similar experience/person/situation) again, something has already changed, and it's notrepparttar 129788 same as it was a year ago.

We can apply Heraclitus' philosophy to writing -- there can be thousands of romance books, articles dealing with health care, or books on how to write well, but not one of them are going to bear an exact similarity to another book or article dealing withrepparttar 129789 same subject.


Written by Shery Ma Belle Arrieta

Beginning writers often wonder how to start writing. It'srepparttar worry they get themselves into right away that mostly hinders them from getting anything written down.

Experienced writers often get stuck inrepparttar 129775 middle of their novels, stories or articles. They sometimes agonize and worry about what to write next and that's how they are delayed.

Beginning and experienced writers andrepparttar 129776 writers in between can sometimes fall intorepparttar 129777 trap of getting themselves "blocked."

So here are 12 writing prompts you,repparttar 129778 beginning writer orrepparttar 129779 experienced one, can use to start off your writing.

PROMPT # 1 "I write because..." Think of as many reasons as you can. Any reasons you know and feel you should and could write, and why you write. Then from your list, see if you can turn your reasons into an essay, a story or a poem.

PROMPT # 2 Sit still for five minutes. Close your eyes and listen. Don't think, just listen. What sounds do you hear? Is there music? Rustling leaves? Is your TV on? After five minutes, write down all repparttar 129780 sounds on a piece of paper. If you can't think ofrepparttar 129781 correct words forrepparttar 129782 sounds, write how they sounded (example: "bbbzzztttt" for something you heard). Now userepparttar 129783 sounds on your list to create "sound poetry."

PROMPT # 3: Use this prompt to start off your story: "Whenrepparttar 129784 dust settled, he saw..."

PROMPT # 4: Quotes are powerful writing starters. They evoke emotions, insights and inspirations for any writer. What's your favorite quote? It may be something a famous dead person said, or a line in a song, or a passage inrepparttar 129785 Bible. Writerepparttar 129786 quote on top of your page and write your interpretation of your favorite quote. You can inspire, motivate or even impart a lesson.

PROMPT # 5: When wasrepparttar 129787 last time you received a letter? Or a postcard? Who sent it? What did it say? Did you reply torepparttar 129788 letter? Write yourself a letter. Pretend that you are somebody else. Put yourself in your neighbor's shoes, or your old friend's shoes. If you were them, what would you want to tell yourself, or want to know about yourself?

PROMPT # 6: When you ride a bus or a car in one of your trips, what do you do? Do you sleep duringrepparttar 129789 trip? Do you stare out repparttar 129790 window and watch unseeinglyrepparttar 129791 view? Or do you take it all in --repparttar 129792 greenery,repparttar 129793 buildings,repparttar 129794 people,repparttar 129795 colors,repparttar 129796 hues,repparttar 129797 clouds? Recallrepparttar 129798 most recent trip you've had. Where did you come from and where were you going? Why were you going there? How long wasrepparttar 129799 trip? What did you see onrepparttar 129800 way? This short exercise will help you with your power of recalling details. The more you recall,repparttar 129801 more detailed your writing will be. Do this exercise on a regular basis and you will be able to write with good use of details.

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