Denise’s Doings

A Whole New Look and Approach

Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 in Denise's Doings | 2 comments

A Whole New Look and Approach

Hi! We are gearing up for the big website switchover so I am holding off writing any new posts until that happens. Just so you aren’t caught unaware, this is how things will roll once the new site is up and running: Blab-o-Denise will become more of a forum for me to be a little more personal, rather than “tips and tricks” oriented; a place for us to get to know each other as people as well as writers. For those of you who enjoy the Jumpstart Monday prompts, Writer’s Studio, First Page Friday, and the like…fear not! I will be setting up mailing lists for those so you can pick and choose what you’d like to receive. It will be through MailChimp and you will be able to easily add or remove yourself from one or more lists. All mailings will be staggered so you aren’t inundated with stuff from moi if you sign up for more than one list. Right now I have the breakdown as follows: General writing inspiration and tips (every 3-4 weeks) Jumpstart Mondays (this will still be a weekly because I need it!) Picture books (every 3-4 weeks) Middle grade and YA novels (every 3-4 weeks) But these are still subject to adjustment. And I’m delving into the world of chapter books so that may become a topic at some point! I will have some downloadable goodies for those who sign up so that will be fun. Thanks for your patience as we make this change…     Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new...

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Post prompt: writing the end of a scene

Posted by on Apr 16, 2013 in Denise's Doings | 0 comments

So yesterday I offered part of scene and challenged myself (and anyone else who’s willing) to write the end of the scene. Mine’s in bold after the text I provided yesterday: Jonathan sat in his room long after the sun had gone down, thinking about the bomb his mom had dropped a few hours earlier. It pissed him off that in decisions this big, that affected everyone in the family, he and his sisters didn’t have any say in the matter. They just had to move because they were dependent on their parents. He’d learned that word at school last week. He didn’t like to be dependent on anyone. But when you’re twelve, what else can you do? Live by yourself in the wilderness like the guy in My Side of the Mountain or Hatchet? Or find a museum like those kids in From the Mixed Up Files whatever it was called? Jonathan didn’t have any survival skills. He could barely make macaroni and cheese by himself. So what was left? He couldn’t think of anything right now, but something was stirring. He wanted to come up with a way to stay. A way that made sense, that his parents couldn’t call crazy because it wasn’t. A way that might actually work.   Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new...

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Post-prompt: Writing from a Photo

Posted by on Nov 6, 2012 in Denise's Doings | 0 comments

Yesterday I posted the picture below with the instruction:¬†Write two to three sentences that bring us into this scene, let us know what happened just before this image and feel free to use dialogue. Be creative! My Attempt “Hurry, Darla! The White Rabbit can’t be too far ahead of us.” Sarah tugged at the leash, wishing for once that her dog’s legs were just a little bit longer. Alice had told her about the White Rabbit on the playground that morning. “He wears clothes and has a big watch, just like in the book!” Sarah has always wanted to go to Wonderland. If she could get to those trees, she just might have the chance. My Thoughts This is an okay first attempt. Not brilliant writing, but we get the point. What I like about it is that it could go a number of different ways. Is Alice¬†the Alice and is the White Rabbit “real?” Or is Alice teasing a gullible Sarah and there will be an audience waiting to laugh at her when she arrives at her destination? It could go either way and it could be fun to follow either path. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new...

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