Hey everyone! I’m delighted to welcome back friend and fellow author Harmony Kent. Her newest non-fiction book, Creative Solutions for the Modern Writer, releases tomorrow. From what I’ve seen, this book can benefit both new and seasoned writers.
Harmony, take it away.
Hello everyone. Harmony here. I’m excited to share my latest non-fiction book with you all today. Huge thanks to Joan for hosting me today.
Creative Solutions for the Modern Writer does what it says on the tin (or cover, lol), and offers tools to fire your imagination. With chapters on things such as using chess and tarot to develop stories, plots, and characters—as well as adopting the principles of nursing triage, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, horoscopes, and more—this little guide is full of fun tips and tricks to get your muse working overtime.
This excellent writer’s companion is available on pre-order now in ebook. And both ebook and paperback go on sale on October 9th.
Here’s an excerpt for you:
Many and varied writing prompts exist, as well as ways to use them. Here are some reasons for using writing prompts:
- This one, we’ve covered already … writer’s block. Or, in other words, feeling stuck. A writing prompt can offer a way to clear your block and break you free from this negative cycle.
- To sharpen your writing skills. Prompts can assist you in honing specific areas such as plot, pacing, and dialogue, as well as description.
- To warm up your writing muscles. This is like a work-out for your creative brain. It doesn’t matter what you write. It is the act of writing that is important here.
- To get a better grip on your characters or setting. For example: Ask a question, or come up with a scenario, and write from your character’s perspective. Imagine the place you want to write from/about, and describe it in as much detail as you can.
I list the most common types of prompt below:
- Descriptive Prompt
- Emotion Prompt
- Situation Prompt
- Setting Prompt
- New Story Prompt
- Existing Story Prompt
- First Line Prompt
- New Character Prompt
- Existing Character Prompt
- Ask Your Character a Question Prompt
- Perspective Prompt
- Looking-Inward Prompt
- Take Three Nouns Prompt
- Non-Writing Prompt
The above list is not finite. You can use anything in your life as a prompt. However, when you find yourself stuck for words, these are a good place to start.
Emotion Prompt Excerpt
Emotions can bring a whole new perspective to our experience, and thus the experience of our readers. For instance, I can see the same view from my window day after day, yet the mood I’m in will change how I feel about and see that view.
Also, our perceptions are never the same as anyone else’s. Take my writing desk, for example. To me, it has a history and many associations—some painful and others positive. When I sit at my writing desk, that tells my muse to get ready to play. For other people, though, it’s just a desk. A large wooden thing upon which sits a computer. No two people will view it in the same way.
In the blink of an eye, our emotions can undergo a seismic shift, depending upon events and our reactions to them. Here are some emotions we can experience throughout our day:
A note on Anger …
Anger is only ever a masking emotion. It never appears in isolation but always comes in relation to another emotion.
A person never feels anger alone. That emotion comes as a response to another emotion, be that fear, hurt, betrayal, disappointment, embarrassment, shame, inadequacy, pride, etc.
Our expectations also shape our emotional responses.
After spending around thirteen years as an ordained Buddhist monk, living in a Zen Buddhist temple, and six years after a life-changing injury following a surgical error, Harmony Kent returned to the world at the tender age of forty.
Now, she is famous for her laughter, and has made quite the name for herself … she’s also, um, a writer … and fairly well known for that too. She’s even won a few awards. Harmony lives in rural Cornwall with her ever-present sense of humour, adorable husband, and quirky neighbours.
Harmony is passionate about supporting her fellow authors.
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Creative Solutions Pre-order Link: http://mybook.to/CreativeSolutions