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Weekend Writing Prompt #10

Quotes About Friends and Friendship: Write a story or scene based of one of these quotes.


“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
~~~ Mark Twain

“‘Why did you do all this for me?’ he asked. ‘I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’ ‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.'”
~~~ E. B. White, Charlotte’s Web

“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.”
~~~ Alice Walker

“Time doesn’t take away from friendship, nor does separation.”
~~~ Tennessee Williams, Memoirs

“I’ve heard it said
That people come into our lives
For a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return”
~~~“For Good,” Stephen Schwartz, Wicked (musical)


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Writing Playlist #12: (My Favorite) Motown Classics

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“My Girl” — The Temptations
“The Way You Do the Things You Do” — The Temptations

“Signed, Sealed, Delivered” — Stevie Wonder
“Sir Duke” — Stevie Wonder

“Stop! In The Name of Love” — The Supremes

“Dancing In the Street” — Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

“I Want You Back” — The Jackson 5
“ABC” — The Jackson 5

“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” — Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

“What’s Going On” — Marvin Gaye

Past Playlists:
Disney (pt.1)
Disney (pt.2)
On Repeat (pt.1)
On Repeat (pt.2)
Can’t Stop Singing
Love and Romance

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[On Writing] The First Versus Last Sentence

I’ve been thinking about how to write great first lines/hooks recently and it recalled a memory. I was once taught years ago (paraphrasing from memory) that the first and last sentence of a story were the most important lines because the first line sells the (first) book and the last line sells the next.

The first line (sometimes paragraph) can make or break your novel. This line(s) is the hook that captivates the reader’s interest and entices them to keep reading. It is a peculiar but interesting beginning that, for example, makes a statement, grounds the reader in the story, or indicate the kind of person the main character is.

The first line is difficult to write. I sometimes fine it similar to writing a thesis statement for an essay, thinking how can I say or summarize all I am about to present hereafter? I seen it suggested looking at the beginnings of, say, best-sellers or whatever books your have on hand to learn what made those hooks so good.

The last line is the conclusion that closes the story on a note of finality that leaves the reader wanting more. You’ll have heard people say along the lines of a story staying with you long after it’s over. That kind of wonderful. In terms of the last line selling the next book, I can agree and disagree. When a story is over and you wish there was more to read or you want to know what happens next, that is the sign of the author having done its job right. But I also think the power of the last line is only as great as all that comes before.

So what my teacher once said makes sense from a business and consumer perspective and further research on gives it merit. Some points I find subjective, but it is an interesting part of writing and storytelling to read and learn about.

What are your thoughts on writing the first and last line(s) of a story? In your opinion, what makes a great hook? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic.


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Weekend Writing Prompt #9

Picture Prompt: Write a short story inspired by one (or all) of these five fantastical fantasy images.

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Weekend Writing Prompt #8

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” 
— Maya AngelouI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings


Self-Reflection/Discussion Prompt: What story (or stories) are you just eager to write and share with the world? What is the story about? What genre is it? Where did the story idea come from? What about the idea drew you to it?


Magic In Fiction: Common Threads I’ve Observed

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I really enjoy reading books that involve magic. I think I’m so attracted to this aspect of fiction is because the first book that really got me into reading was a YA Fantasy novel that was all encompassing magic. Not to mention you can get very inventive with magic, its properties, and uses.

I’ve been meaning to write this posts since way last year, but never really got around to written it. Originally, the idea was to write a general discussion about magic in fiction. But I was recently more inspire to write a post about the types and usages magic in fiction, the common threads I’ve observed through extensive reading.

Nature / Elements / Seasons

Magic that comes from the land. Elemental magic associated with fire, water, wind, air, earth, metal, lightning, wood, etc. Magic derived from the four seasons: spring, summer, winter, autumn. This type may also present itself as the ability to communicate with animal life.

Everyone Has Magic

A magical society in which everyone has and can use magic.

NOT Everyone Has Magic

A world in which a group of people or country have magic but others don’t. Sometimes the separation is between humans and magical beings.


In which magic in general or a particular magic is passed down through a familial, maternal or paternal bloodline.


Magic that is conducted through objects, typically staves, wands, swords, rings, orbs, rocks/stones, arrows, etc.

Spells / Incantations

An arrangement of words cast in order to use magic, sometimes involving or learned from a book of spells.

Mages / Wizards / Witches / Magicians

General names for magic users (if a story chooses to use these titles).

Seers / Oracles

Characters who can foresee the past, present and/or future. This is done through visions, bowls of water, looking into fire, or looking into an orb. These characters can be interpreted as having magic or mediators of a higher being. This ability is unpredictable.

Gifted / Bestowed

Characters referred to as being “Gifted” – or some other such title denoted to magic users – with magic or have magic given to them. This sometimes occurs through a higher being or god, depending on the universe.


Magic possessed by a particular individual that is predicted to do great harm or good, the views and expectations of which are discerned depending on how one interprets the prophecy.

Magic That Manifests Later

A character who possesses magic since birth but doesn’t know it. This character will grow up in a normal, human way until a certain event incites the magic within to manifest.

These are different variations and characteristics of magic I’ve seen in books I’ve read; each one observed occurring in more than one book.

What do you think about magic in fiction? What other types of magic would you add to this list or include with what’s already listed? I’d love to hear what you think about this topic.


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A Theory of Adaptation by Linda Hutcheon

Continuing from yesterday’s post concerning adaptation, I wanted to share with you all a great, insightful text on said subject: A Theory of Adaptation by Linda Hutcheon. I discovered this book in school for class. It’s rather intriguing how Hutcheon closely examines adaptation across media platforms and how it coincides with storytelling. I can only recommend the 2nd Edition, Paperback, 2012/2013 version of the book as that is the copy we learned from – I don’t know how different or same the over editions are from this one.

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Summary (via Goodreads):

A Theory of Adaptation explores the continuous development of creative adaptation, and argues that the practice of adapting is central to the story-telling imagination. Linda Hutcheon develops a theory of adaptation through a range of media, from film and opera, to video games, pop music and theme parks, analyzing the breadth, scope and creative possibilities within each.

This new edition is supplemented by a new preface from the author, discussing both new adaptive forms/platforms and recent critical developments in the study of adaptation. It also features an illuminating new epilogue from Siobhan O Flynn, focusing on adaptation in the context of digital media. She considers the impact of transmedia practices and properties on the form and practice of adaptation, as well as studying the extension of game narrative across media platforms, fan-based adaptation (from Twitter and Facebook to home movies), and the adaptation of books to digital formats.

A Theory of Adaptation is the ideal guide to this ever evolving field of study and is essential reading for anyone interested in adaptation in the context of literary and media studies.


Book Specs, according to Goodreads:
First Published: 2006 by Routledge

Cover Edition Published (shown above): August 27th 2012 by Routledge
Paperback | Nonfiction, Literary Criticism, Academic, Reference