It shattered right in front of her

It shattered right in front of her, she blinked her eyes in disbelief.

This writing prompt comes from J.M. Fletcher.

The Magus
by J.M. Fletcher & J.P. Fletcher

More words. On more pages.

I think most people fail from giving up too easily. They think now they have to be responsible and focus only on what makes money. Or that writing isn't practical. Or they are too self-critical and never complete anything. Keep at it. Ignore the critics. Ignore the praise. Ignore everyone and everything. Ignore even the writing teachers. Ignore what other writers have done. Just keep at it. More words. On more pages. It's that simple. 

This writing tip comes from Matt Nagin.

Butterflies Lost Within The Crooked Moonlight
by Matt Nagin

Author Eddie H Cisneros

Employed as a doorman for over twenty four years, Eddie C has been quoted as saying "I am not a doorman who chooses to write, but a writer who happens to be a doorman." Apart from his novel series of Hispanicus: The apostate life of Antonio Pintero, Eddie has two finished screenplays under his belt. A stylized thriller titled "Bend" about New York City homicide detectives on the trail of a serial killer, and it's sequel. He also served as a contributing writer for the real estate website for two years, with more than forty posts in a bi-weekly segment that was titled "A Doorman Speaks" which dealt with the inside workings and stories in a residential building, all voiced by none other than, a doorman. Eddie also has a memoir of sorts even though he continues to work in said field titled "Opening Doors: A New York City doorman's secrets and stories", which has garnered the attention of several blog websites in the past including write-ups in New York magazine and the New York Post. The project is on the shelf as of now with the hopes of it being shopped to publishers in the near future.

What genre do you write and why did you choose it?
I guess this entire series would fall under what's considered, urban street lit, although I tend to believe this series to be on a way higher level.

Anywhere from the style of writing to the actual story itself. On the surface, yes, the story follows the life of a drug dealer as the main character of Antonio breaks down his entire life and how he came to rise amongst the ranks of Bronx street pushers. But Hispanicus in its very core, is this deep rooted study of a young boy who loses his faith, hence the apostate part of the title, and thus becomes a pivotal part of the series because it isn't until later in his life as an adult, that Antonio finally realizes his misdeeds and wants to right them.

For so many years I had this story kind of swirling around and for some reason the idea of this young boy being forced to grow up quick, had this impact on me. I wanted to fully explore the subject of faith and what someone could possibly be faced with, however extreme, to finally say, "I don't believe." And to have this coming from a little child, I think its intriguing because we see children as innocent, we don't necessarily perceive a child to think or react on that kind of a deeper plain of thought.

How long have you been writing?
It might sound cliché but years. I would say going back to elementary school. I just loved the idea of putting together a story, coming up with different characters, plot, everything. I always had this thing about movies. I'm a passionate movie buff. So when it came to wanting to write scripts for movies, there you go. I remember being younger and my friends and I had this idea we were going to film this low budget, I mean very low budget, hand held camera type budget movie. So this one night I went home and furiously typed away a sort of treatment of the story and the characters.

It was going to be called the 122 Massacre, I know very original. Unfortunately, it never materialized into anything more than just the treatment I wrote.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
At a movie premiere for a film based on my series right now. I think I've written the series with that much visualization, I think it has potential to be turned into a feature length film.

Where do you see publishing going in the future?
 I think a lot more self published authors are breaking through. All the necessary tools are out there making it easier for someone to not just think about a story they would love to write one day, but actually writing it and putting it together and printing, and trying to sell it. its a lot more simplified.

You just have to dedicate time and effort.

What is something you do to get the creative juices flowing?
Music. I'll listen to all kinds of music, from hip hop, heavy metal, salsa, to help better visualize a scene I want to write, and it helps me just unload page after page.

How do you market yourself and your book?
Latino author looks to reinvent urban street lit and transcend the genre to another level with cross appeal.

Why do you write?
Its a labor of love. I wrote this quote as a part of my dedication page and it goes like this, "Writing a story may take several years, whereas, actually reading it may take a few hours.
As long as I can captivate a reader for a few hours?
Then I have many more years left inside of me writing."

How often do you write and what is your process?
I mainly have written at night, at work but the mental aspect of a story is always working. Meaning, I can literally piece together in my head a scene I want to write, and shoot back and forth the kind of dialogue I want for that particular scene, and it will remain fresh in my head until the time comes where I can sit down in front of my laptop and actually type it up.

What writing advice can you give?
Write something, write anything, but write. Make it become a natural part of your routine in order for you to continue to grow as a writer, but more importantly, one never knows some form of gibberish you may have jotted down and saved from whatever while ago, may actually be of use one day.

Hispanicus: The Apostate life of Antonio Pintero
by Eddie H Cisneros

Hispanicus tells the fictional story of Antonio Pintero, a once big time drug dealer from the Bronx who as an adult is retelling his life story in all its vivid detail. Antonio scrambles to make certain things right fearing time is running out on him. The first installment introduces the main character of Antonio, an innocent child growing up in the early eighties surround by dysfunction in the worst of forms. He would see the effects of drugs firsthand, dealing with a heroin addicted mother sick with AIDS and a controlling stepfather that pushed a business on him, teaching the young boy to bag marijuana at the age of five and at twelve already out in the streets and selling it.

The series of Hispanicus is tough, edgy and gritty. It is the painful story of one man desperately seeking balance in his life after years of selling drugs and a childhood lost.

Eddie H Cisneros

five senses

A favorite writing prompt my students like is my five senses assignment. It is pretty simple, but I ask them to go out on their front step/porch and describe the scene using their five senses, then to finish with their thoughts or emotions. Even though it is simple, writing out the description first gets them connected to the moment, then the thoughts/emotion part is powerful because they can reflect on their life. I suggest they use a pen and paper (and most actually do) because the act of writing is more personal.

This writing prompt comes from Jamey Boelhower.

And I Never Told You
by Jamey Boelhower

write from the heart

Wanting something to achieve requires putting your heart into it and complement it with hard work and dedication as best as you can. That moment I’ve decided to follow my dream and produce my first book, I planned on how to achieve it. I devoted a year, learning about Creative Writing and how to write novels. I enrolled myself online and grabbed the opportunities of getting tutorials and courses before I started writing my first novel. Our technology nowadays made it too easy for us to learn anything that we could imagine. We just need to be resourceful and dedicate a time for it. Writing is my passion and I know I have many things to learn about it and I am still learning. It is an everyday process that a writer or an author should take considerably when writing. And if we write from the heart, words become flawless.

One thing I am very grateful about is there are so many authors and writers out there who are too eager to extend help and support. To sum it all, my advice is to plan accordingly, to organize and follow your schedules timely, be confident in our talent and above all, learn to connect to people who have the same interest as you are.

This writing tip comes from Cherry Seniel.

A Timeless Heartbeat
By Cherry Seniel

Author Cendrine Marrouat

Cendrine Marrouat is a photographer, social media blogger and trainer, French instructor, and author living in Canada. She is the founder of two blogs:

  • Social Media Slant helps photographers figure out the basics of social media.
  • Cendrine Marrouat Photography displays her photographic work.

In 2015, Cendrine was recognized a Top 100 Business Blogger by BuzzHUMM. Social Media Slant also made Fit Small Business' Best Small Business Blogs of 2015 & 2016 lists.


What happens next?

A man walks into a bar. You're sitting at the bar. He walks up to you and spits in your drink. You don't know the man. What happens next?

This writing prompt was provided by Paul Howard.

Vagrants in Paradise

by Paul Howard