dreams · writing prompts

Dreams

I don’t know about you, but I have had some interesting dreams in the past. Some are silly, some are wild and fun, and others a little bit frightening.

Something I experienced repeatedly as a child, was trying to run in dreams in order to flee, and feeling as if I were stuck in a mud puddle. It caused some distress and I thought about the problem.

I did actually get stuck in a mud puddle as a child. I was wearing rubber boots, and I decided to walk through a large puddle in our country yard near Stoney Creek, Ontario, and see just how deep the puddle was. I got as far as the very top edge of my boots, and I decided I should stop. I stood and contemplated my options. I decided I had better back out, or else I would catch it for coming inside with muddy legs and such. At this point, I realized my boots were stuck in the mud. I could not budge. I am not sure how long I stood there, or how much of a ruckus I made, but eventually, a kind construction worker, from the crew widening Barton Street, scooped me up and out of my boots and set me on dry ground. It took some time before the puddle dried up and I was able to retrieve my boots, but my point is that I completely understand how it feels to be stuck in one place.

So, back to dreams–

As I grew older, it occurred to me that I could do anything I liked in my dreams because they are like made-up stories. Just before falling asleep, I would think about this. I would plan to run fast and far. Surprisingly, it worked! I could outrun anyone; I could slide down railings and flee from anything; I could even fly!

Imagine you are in a dream world. Grant yourself super-abilities and see what happens.

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i m a g i n e .                                  w r i t e .                                s h a r e    y o u r    w o r k .

 

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social action · writing prompts

an open​ letter about recycling

Dear (Politician),

Thank you for your service to our region.

I am a resident of your constituency and am concerned about the problems around recycling. I believe most people do not recycle extensively since it is time-consuming and also potentially expensive. In particular, rural residents who do not have blue-box service find recycling cumbersome.

With the Chinese markets now closed to Canada’s recyclables, the true cost and inconvenience of recycling are highlighted.

I propose legislation be put in place to ensure all of our packaging, which is the bulk of our household waste, is made from biodegradable plastics or other biodegradable materials. If most of our household waste could be composted, our recycling needs would be greatly reduced. It would be simpler for residents, and better for the environment.

On a related topic, single-use plastic bags have been targetted for removal from use, but is this truly an effective strategy? A few years ago, on a visit to New Zealand, I noticed the shopping bag options at store checkouts were either paper (biodegradable), or a biodegradable plastic. Yes, they are more expensive to the vendor and consumer, but they would not be any more expensive than our current recycling costs. Again, this would be simpler for residents and better for the environment.

Fort McMurray banned single-use plastic bags some years ago. Since that time, residents have been buying heavy-duty multi-use bags. Those bags are actually heavy-duty plastics which also ends up in the landfill once they are exhausted. I believe Victoria is looking at a similar program. It is not an environmentally-friendly strategy in the long term, as the bags are not biodegradable. Paper or biodegradable plastics would be best.

In the best-case scenario, Canada would produce its own biodegradable plastics for bags and packaging, which are oil products. This is the most environmentally responsible option. We certainly have the raw resources here in Alberta, and we have the skill and manpower throughout Canada. Let’s find a Canadian solution to this Canadian problem.

Kind Regards,

Dorothy Bentley

 

 

[This is a website dedicated to encouraging children to write. This letter may serve as a template for children to write to their politicians on issues of importance to them.]

 

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Writing Life · writing prompts

no rules

writing is easy. sort of.

let’s not use any capitals or punctuation and it will be easier still

lets not use any conjunctions to make it even simpler

and we shud do away with proper spelling and use fonetic spelling (just how it sounds)

 

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Now – try to rite something without any rules.  its more diffikult than you would think especially with autocorrekt

Creativity · writing prompts

Stubbs the Lizard

This is a picture of Stubbs, my younger son’s bearded dragon lizard when she was younger and smaller. (Please excuse the slightly messy countertop, as I think she enjoyed a bath just before this scene.) Here, she has just received a wonderful new gift… a (fake) ant hill. My son loaded it with crickets from the pet store, and Stubbs is munching them down when they crawl out. There is a stopper in the foreground, which plugs the hole, to save some snacks for later.

If you could have any pet in the world, what would it be? (Please don’t say crickets, as then I would have to feel really sorry about feeding them to Stubbs.) What would you like to give your pet, so he or she enjoys living in your habitat? Write out your story and send it to me. 🙂

 

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P.S. (Post Script) – In case you are wondering, Stubbs is not slimy in the least. Her skin is quite dry, much like leather. Every now and again, when she is growing, she will molt. Her skin will peel off, as she grows another larger skin layer.

Fiction · writing prompts

POV

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Think of a story or article you have recently read. Think about how the piece was written from a particular Point of View.

Now, re-write the piece from another point of view.

Using the photo above, you could write from the woman’s point of view: how she met the guy, why they’ve taken this trip, and how she’s feeling and thinking about all of this.

Next write the scene from the guy’s point of view. How does he feel about her? What are his hopes?

 

Did you think of this as a romance?

What if the man is her father or long-lost brother and she’s just met him?

The possibilities are endless.

Things to keep in mind with the point of view:

  • Imagine you (as the writer) are inside the mind of just the one character at a time. No jumping around. You also cannot say things or write down things unless they are what the character would think and feel.
  • When switching points of view, there must be some sort of break like a new scene or chapter. If the change of POV is only the speaker in a conversation,  a new line will do.

Now write something.

Have fun!