The Gypsy Muse – Author Rachel Kenley

November 7, 2011

Monday Writer’s Prompt – Missed Holidays

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It's that time again....

Last night on November 6th I took my sons trick or treating, almost a week after the actual Halloween holiday.  We live in Massachusetts and had an unexpected and destructive snow storm last week which caused the delay.

And it made me wonder…

How would my character feel if she didn’t get to celebrate her favorite holiday?  What would it take?  What would she do instead?  What if it was her birthday (like in Sixteen Candles when everyone forgets).  Would the hero find a way to make it up to her or create something even more special?

What would your characters do?

Have a great and productive week!


August 22, 2011

Monday Writer’s Prompt – I’d be rich

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I’m in kind of a dreaming mood today. Sort of that “what if…” feeling. Now usually that’s a great thing for writers and writing.  We’re always asking “what if..” and it leads us down new and (hopefully) exciting fiction paths.  Today, I’m feeling esepcially positive and hopeful so my prompt to you is:

What if you or your character suddenly had $5,000,000.  Yes, five million dollars.  And let’s really have fun… after taxes 🙂

If you choose to write about this money for your character – how would their life change, where would they go, what would they do differently, what would they go for that they couldn’t or wouldn’t otherwise?

If you choose to write about this for you, the same questions apply but first ask yourself what would you do for your writing career?  Me?  I’d run to the store and purchase the best computer and printer available, register for all the conferences I want to go to, and buy advertising to market myself and my books more.  And that would only be the beginning!

Where would this money take you?

Wishing you a week – and more – filled with an abundance of all good things.

July 25, 2011

Monday Writer’s Prompt – I did it anyway

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Have you ever made a decision that everyone or at least almost everyone in your life was against?  Maybe it was something small like cutting your hair short.  Maybe it was more significant like taking a job far away from hom.  How did it turn out? How did it make you feel?  What did you learn?

Do this for you or put your character in this difficult position.  It’s not easy to stick to our guns and do what we think is right for us, but it does lead to some interesting insights and results.

At every point in our life is a chance to make a choice – once a decision gets made it changes the course of things to

of course, some people do go both ways

come.  And there’s no going back.  Kind of amazing, isn’t it?

Have a productive week.

July 18, 2011

Monday Writer’s Prompts – What if you couldn’t….

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As I sat drinking my coffee and planning my day today I found myself thinking how glad I was that I had coffee in the morning.  What if something changed and it wasn’t available?  Or illegal?  And what if that were true of chocolate (gasp!), going to the movies, or any of the other things I enjoy and take for granted.

So that’s my prompt to you today – what if you couldn’t have or do something you love… how would you cope?  Or put this on a character.  Take something away from them that they love or rely on (or both) and see what happens. Do they crumble or do they find a core of inner strength they didn’t know they had?

And in the meantime, I think I’ll be grateful for all I do have and all I can do.

July 11, 2011

Monday Writer’s Prompts – Memories

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In the Joan Baez song “Diamonds and Rust” (my favorite recording is by Blackmore’s Night) there is the lyric:

We both know what memories can bring
They bring diamonds and rust

So my prompt today for you is this: What memory is haunting your character and influencing him/her in a way that is not helpful to their ultimate goal?

And if that doesnt work for you, you can try: What memory do you have that you would like to rewrite/change? Give a moment in your life a dramatically different outcome and see where it takes you.

Just remember to have a productive week!

June 27, 2011

Monday Writer’s Prompts – A Gift

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Yesterday my sons gave me a lovely gift of light changing optic flowers.  They found it at a yard sale, paid for it themselves and presented it to me with great flourish.  It now sits on my desk adding some lovely feng shui movement to the space I do my journalling in.

And, of course, it got me thinking… what gifts – expected or not – have you received that were special to you?  How about unwelcome gifts?

Or what if your character received a gift?  Would it make her/him grateful?  Uncomfortable?  Sad?  Happy?  What would this action and the ability (or lack) to receive show about your characters?

This gave me a idea for my own work. I’ve decided that there is a space in the charm necklace worn by my heroine in WAVES OF PLEASURE and when my hero gives her a charm to put in that spot, she’s not  certain how to react.

Hope your week is filled with lots of great gifts!

June 20, 2011

Monday Writer’s Prompts – That Was Unexpected

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Hello fellow writers – let’s keep this one short and sweet:

“I was minding my own business, when I unexpectedly walked in on….”

Write it from your point of view or your characters.  I just discovered while writing this, that it will work in GUARDED HEART for an important scene.  How cool is that!

Have a great and productive week!

June 6, 2011

Monday Writer’s Prompts – Alternate History

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I saw the new X-Men movie this weekend with my family.  I really liked it (and now have a bit of a crush on Michael Fassbender), although I will admit that my knowledge of the X-Men mythology comes mostly from the movies, so changes they made from the original comics doesnt upset/distract me as much as it does the real fans.

In addition to giving the supposed history of the beginning of the X-Men, it offers and alternate history idea for the Cuban Missle crisis.  What if there were someone pulling the strings to bring Russia and the United States to the brink of Nuclear War?  What if they wanted that war?

The boys and I talked a little about this (at 11 and 8, it’s a little too serious for them), but they liked the idea of changing the reasons or backgrounds of history.

So that’s my long winded way of getting to my prompt for the day – What if:

Dontcha love it!

– something from history happened/ended differently?

– something from history had a completely different reason from what we thought?

– something from your personal history never happened or ended differently?

Steampunk is practically an entire genre of alternate history, and it’s popularity is growing fast.  What’s your favorite alternate history book or story?

May 16, 2011

Monday Writer’s Prompts – Well, I never…

I was once given a great idea for getting develoing a character and for creating scenes in a story.  As yourself what would your hero/heroine/villan never

a) do

b) say

c) think

Because, my fellow writers, they are going to have to do just that before the end of the book and we as the authors will have to decide under what circumstances they would be willing to do/say/think what they never thought they would. Don’t we have the best jobs?!! 🙂

One of my favorite instances of this is in a *terrible* movie, Catwoman, with Halle Berry.  Her friends have given her this totally wild and sexy leather outfit as a gift telling her it’s for when she’s having a dating emergency.  She says it’s lovely, but she’ll never wear it. Oh yeah?  Guess what she reaches for the first time she goes out embracing her new life.  Wearing the outfit shows her – and us – how much she has changed.

So…. what would your characters never do?  Now go make them do it!

May 9, 2011

Monday Writer’s Prompts – Arrivals

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This weekend spring finally made a real arrival in New England.  Not only was the day warm, but when the wind blew, it was warm as well.  For the past few weeks it was comfortable out *until* the wind blew.  Then we were all running for coats again.

I’m expecting another arrival today – my new Droid 2 phone.  I’m very excited to have my first smart phone and I’m wondering what apps and things I’m going to want on it.  I piced the Droid 2 over the Droid X because the smaller size felt better in my hand and I like having a realy QWERTY keypad in addition to the touch screen.

Orion - freshly brushed

Our family had two new arrivals recently – cats!  Orion (an 8-year-old Maine Coon) and Lily (a

Lily - a cell phone pic

shy 6-year-old silver tabby) joined our family a few weeks ago and already it feels as though they’ve been here forever. 

So that’s the writer’s prompt for today –  What arrival are you (or your character) looking forward to?  What recently arrived in your life that changed things?  Or what arrival would throw you/your character for a complete loop?

Have a wonderful and productive week.

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