Writing Inspiration: Your Favorite Classic

22 May

Trigger Warning
Fan fiction is a popular activity online with whole communities of writers sharing works based on their favorite stories and films.  I have been running a weekly short story discussion through Discord where we discuss stories from Neil Gaiman’s terrific Trigger Warning collection (we have some really great discussions so you should join us if you are available on Friday afternoons) and some of our favorites are stories that have been inspired by other works such as “The Case of Death and Honey” featuring Sherlock Holmes or “Nothing O’Clock” set in the world of Dr Who, which we are discussing today at 2 O’Clock.

For Today’s Writing Prompt think of your favorite classic story (no longer in copyright means you don’t have to worry about intellectual property issues that pop up if you want to publish your piece).  What could have happened if the story had been set in a different time period or was told from a different character’s perspective?  An example of this would be Wicked, told from the perspective of the “Wicked” Witch from The Wizard of Oz.  Maybe you didn’t like the end of a story and you want to give it a “better” one.  Maybe a romance should have happened that did not.  Perhaps as your story unfolds it will lead to something more original and you will find your own characters or world lurking in the works of your favorite author’s.

This is a fun prompt for poets too.  I’ve written several poems inspired by other poets including one inspired by “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” by Wallace Stevens.

Gaiman says in the opening to Trigger Warning, “Writers live in houses other people built…[those who] built Speculative Fiction, always leaving the building unfinished so the people who came by after they were gone could put on another room, or another story.”

If you love Gaiman’s work as much as I do, check out our next post on Monday about Coraline.

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Information and Digital Services


“Pending your own happy ending.-you’ll get there:” The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace  

20 May

the princess saves herself in this one
Want to get into reading more Poetry…than look no further. The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace is about the author’s personal experience dealing with abuse in silence. This book is about getting in touch with the author’s deeper feelings of abuse. Lovelace is obviously the princess and she has to save herself. The book is broken up into four sections: the princess, the damsel, the queen, and you. Each section or chapter if you will, talks about a variety of topics such as abuse, grief, death, and self-love. There are different types of abuse that are considered “sensitive material.” So, for those of you who think this book will not be for you, you should give it a try. The author’s words will change your mind. It will change your perspective on how to self-love and how to deal with abuse. It’s not just a book to read but, a book that gives you a raw look into how to deal with one’s many emotions.  So, if your home and have some free time, download the free Hoopla app and read the E-book version.  You can learn more about all of our ebook options here.  And if you missed our Monday post, take a look were my colleague discussed some of Lovelace’s other books.

Written By:
Michelle Valle
Circulation Assistant

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