October 15: Change of Perspective #OctPoWriMo #Writober and #NanoPrep

Blue Moss by Maria L. Berg 2020

Today’s theme, along with this great post on infrared photography and Halloween decorations, inspired a fun photo-adventure this morning.

My camera has a cool filter that will let me choose red, blue, yellow or green and make everything else black and white. I grabbed my exercise mat and lay under some trees to see what I could do with these new perspectives.

Illusion of Reflection by Maria L. Berg 2020


Read for inspiration and craft

Recommended poem: Three poems by Rosemerry Whatola Trommer

Online journal: One Art

Spotlight Poem from OctPoWriMo Day 14

The Scrapbook by Amrita Paul

Poetry prompt Today’s OctPoWriMo prompt is Change of Perspective

Forms Diamante or Prose poem

And the work is never done

In the subdued light at the tail terminus of a daydream, behind the fret of journey’s end, I grieve the rudder of purpose and mope in the posterior of objective. Ruminating design’s end, I sulk in the threatening atmosphere of ambition’s conclusion. The final revision is worry’s resting place where I speculate the extremity of intention, and reflect upon this stub I found to Haven, considering the target of that train.

Pieces of Yellow by Maria L. Berg 2020


For today’s visual prompt, I chose “Good Night” by Stephen Koidl

micro-story : She watched each steady breath. His eyes jerked under his lids. His fingers twitched. Her elongated fingernails reached out. She had the strongest longing to dig into his dreams, but she was still able to stop herself, for now. Ever since he took her hiking in that cave, she couldn’t sleep. All she could do is hover, and watch.

Read for inspiration and craft

Horror fiction story Nobody Gets Out Alive by George R. Galuschak

Horror online magazine Electric Spec

NaNo Prep

It’s a beautiful sunny day and I may not get another one in a while, so I’m going to spend my day with my notebook, brainstorming plot-points. I didn’t get very far on my outlining, so I’m going to try again.

Writing Prompt Contest Winner: Maria L. Berg

One of my flash stories won a contest! Head over to wakingwriter.com to see everything else on Bernadeta’s great site. And like my story there as well 🙂

Waking Writer

Premise: A family moves into an old Victorian house in a sleepy town where everybody knows everybody. The house has been vacant for the last five years, and nobody knows why the previous family left so suddenly. 
Prompt: Write a 500-word story, but write it from the perspective of the house, not the family.

She drips coffee on the counter and the floor not noticing the stains to be as she floats, almost dances, on a sunbeam to the boxes gathered in the living room. The children quarrel upstairs, but she hums as she lifts belonging after belonging, contemplating its perfect abode, then finding its home.

The neighbor arrives with a gift basket and peeks inside saying, “You’ve done a great job with the space.” She doesn’t mean it. She doesn’t mention her friends, The Wilsons, who had lived in the house until that day, five years…

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Revision: The Plan and then What Really Happened

Heron in the reflection of Mt. Rainier


Today’s revision was inspired by two things. One, last weekend at writers meet-up we were each challenged to come up with a goal to accomplish during the two weeks before our next meet-up. I announced to the group that I would have a re-write of my first chapter done. This felt like a reasonable goal as I had already presented the first page to my critique group. Two, I read a chapter in The Road to Somewhere (second edition) on reflection that inspired me to read through my first chapter and write a reflection piece.

The plan–To read through the first chapter of my novel and journal on some of these prompts:

Why did I want to write this piece in the first place? Where did it come from?

Has the original idea Changed? In what ways?

What problems have occurred in writing it? How have I resolved them? What problems remain?

What really happened–I forced myself to read through the whole chapter which was only nine pages but took a while because I couldn’t stop myself from making changes as I went. I became overwhelmed by the issues I had with it, but after some deep breathing went back and cut large chunks that didn’t move the story along and weren’t insight into the character’s motivations. I made sure to paste these chunks into a file of removed sections in case I want them later. Then I went back and rewrote page two and three of the chapter.

While rewriting, I wanted to revisit the idea of starting with chapter two, so I jumped ahead. I decided my original starting point is the correct place to start the story, but started editing the second chapter until my brain hurt. So, as with most of my writing, reflection and revision are non-linear processes. A goal of rewriting the first chapter before next meet-up may be more difficult than expected, but a good goal none the less.