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Idea You Can Steal 38 -- The Possessed Amulet

May has an extra Friday this year, so here’s an extra story idea for you.

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Night's Wake 2036

The following is an account of my experience at the LARP (live action roleplay event) Cyberpunk 2020: Night City organized by Jackalope Live Action Studios. This is also a companion piece to my post “Can Dark Stories Be Uplifting? Part 3”.

I’m a reporter. I observe the news. Rarely do I become part of it. – Melody Felix, The Felix Report, 27 May 2036

I played the character Melody Felix. She’s a journalist who started her career writing for the scroll and gained some notoriety exposing dirty corporate secrets. Eventually, she was pressured into leaving her job after refusing to abide by her employer’s editorial perspective. Aka she wouldn’t omit the facts that undermined the narrative that the higher-ups preferred. So she went indie with her own column: The Felix Report. It’s been rough since she was forced out of the mainstream outlet, and she might soon go broke.

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Idea You Can Steal 37 -- The Box of Letters

A belated Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms in the audience. Here’s this month’s free story idea.

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Can Dark Stories Be Uplifting? Part 3

If you haven’t been following along with this surprise series, then you should start with part 1. If you need to catch up, you can find part 2 here.

Last month, I talked about light and darkness in terms of narrative polarity, how a certain type of polarity reversal is the narrative mechanism behind producing an uplifting feeling in the reader, and how polarity reversals impact your story’s plot structure. This month, we’ll be talking about proportion. To put it simply, I’ll be answering the question “How much darkness is too much?”

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Writing Prompts 29

How are all of you doing? Are you still on lockdown? Have you said hi to your mom recently? I hope all is well where you are. Here’s another set of prompts to inspire your writing this month.

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