Day 10, Donna L. Sadd’s Prompt: Write a Poem About Heart

By Jerry “Woody” from Edmonton, Canada [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons
Today’s prompt on Donna Sadd’s blog is to write a poem about heart. Here’s mine:

The token

in my story

was going to be

a golden heart,

until I heard

every book

crossing the desk

centered on

that symbol

of life and love,

so I decided

to move a beat

further into

another constant

of life: change.


How to Use Ideas from Real Life in Stories

Use real life to inspire your stories. Here’s a great post about how to do that.

Turning Your Anecdote into a Short Story: Part 1 | WritingCompanion.

Don’t Let Agents, Editors, or Readers Stop After Your First Pages!

Check your opening and make sure these two reasons do not apply.

Top 2 Reasons Why I Pass On Sample Pages – Nelson Literary Agency.

The Contrary, Heavenly, and Cardinal Virtues

If you are looking for a theme in your book (if it’s a story, there is one), check out this interesting site. It lists the seven deadly sins, too. Add exaggeration (the most _______ in the world), and these qualities can help you create a powerful character.

The Contrary, Heavenly, and Cardinal Virtues.

Protagonists: Exceptions that Prove the Rule

Everyone who has taken an English class knows that every story has a protagonist. The audience lives the adventure through that main character. Sometimes, there seem to be exceptions, but when such a story works, it’s usually because the protagonist has taken a different form. Here’s an article about a popular film that seems to disobey the rule.

QueryTracker Blog: No protagonist? No problem! (but don’t try this at home).

QueryTracker Blog: Whose Story is This Anyway?

QueryTracker Blog: Whose Story is This Anyway?.

If you do not know about Query Tracker, it’s worth checking out. One bonus is their terrific email newsletter. This article is about a tricky but vital step in constructing a story–selecting the main character. It has happened to me, I know. A story that starts out one way turns another. This is well worth a read.