Banned Books Week Prompts

As many of you know, this week is banned books week. This means that every year there are books that the American Library Association deem as inappropriate to read whether it be topic, sexuality, profanity, etc. There also are challenged books which are books that people recommend to be banned…the banning of ideas.

Some ideas change the world and other ideas do nothing. Reading something does not necessetate that the person who reads the book will become a dictator, murderer, etc. Some people just take the idea into them and move on to the next book. Some people read books and are so appaled that they start counter movements, par example, Lolita. Some books inspire people to go out and dominate other nations: the Nazi-edited verisons of Nietzsche’s works. Which is worse, having an idea or acting on the idea?

In honor of banned books week, I came up with some writing prompts to get your minds going.


1) You are talking to one of your friends about human history and as the conversation progresses, you discover that your friend knows nothing about evolution. Your friend even denies the existance of dinosaurs! What do you say next?

2)If you were given the option, would you ban Playboy Magazine? Why?


Keep positive, and keep on writing!

Ariel Ceylan


Leafy Death

This is something I came up with from a writing prompt from 1,000 Creative Writing Prompts by Cohen. Read it in your best noire voice!


It was that time of the year again. Time, I’m always running out of time and now it is my time. I remember when I was just budding, the liquid of life coursing through me. Then I expanded, I grew in the sun and the warmth of summer. Not long ago, I felt it deep within me, I’m running out of time. I thought I imagined the cooling of the weather. But the more I thought about it, the more I felt it. It started with the liquid of life; it started to trickle instead of course. I felt myself get brittle, I no longer can perform photosynthesis. My sides are changing colors: purple, red, and brown. It’s not my imagination any more. I can feel it. It’s coming! Great ATP, it’s here! My death! I feel that I am barely holding AAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

Writing Prompt (For the end of the SUMMER 2012)

For all of you who are looking to have your creativity jump-started, here’s a prompt for you.


Words have the power to change minds, shatter boundaries, and open doors. Pick a word that describes how words make you feel or what you feel they do and run with it: Fear, Hot, Clouds, Internal, Eternal, Existential, Empty, Sunshine, Awe (etc).

Post your response below!


Ariel Ceylan

Developing Your Minor Characters

Developing Your Minor Characters

Every author understands the importance of developing their major characters because the book’s success revolves around how well your readers will relate to them. Without adequate personality development and background, your characters will fall flat and your readers will be left unengaged. However developing minor characters is another story. These characters are harder to develop because it can be more difficult to determine where to draw the line between spending too much time on them and not spending enough on them. When you do start develop them, keep these tips in mind:

1.      They need some background time too. Think of strong minor characters in books and you’ll find they all have one thing in common: you know something about their lives. For example, take Ron Weasley from Harry Potter; you know a little about his back story and you love him all the more for it. Readers have to be able to feel the connection between the protagonist and his sidekicks; otherwise the sidekick becomes an awkward addition.

2.       They have to have some distinct personality traits. If you don’t spend time developing somewhat of a personality for your minor characters then they won’t end up being memorable to your readers, and if they aren’t memorable what’s the point in adding them into the story? Give them some distinctive personality traits so that your readers can easily connect who’s who while they’re reading.

3.      You shouldn’t get too wrapped up in explaining them. There is a fine line between developing your minor characters and explaining them so in depth that they end up turning into a competing major character. Your minor character needs time spent on him, yes; however you don’t want to give him an equal amount of time to your major characters.

4.      You can’t have too many competing minor characters. Every protagonist will have a few relevant supporting characters, however there can’t be so many minor characters that you end up spending more time with them then you do your major character. Give your major character a sidekick or two, develop some family members, and have a few people who give recurring appearances, but don’t be so overrun with characters that your readers have a hard time following who is who.

Your minor characters are what help color the storyline past the major character’s end goal and give the whole story extra flavor and personality. They need time and development to establish a solid place in your book, but not so much time that the lines begin to blur between who the protagonist is and who the sidekick is. If you find that your minor character is competing with your major character, it may be that the minor character is in the wrong role. Spend adequate time with your characters and give each the attention they deserve; after all, each has their own distinct role that shapes your story.

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Nietzsche Time!

Okay. Here’s a thought, I’ve been reading a ton of Nietzsche lately and I figured that it would be really cool if I could post a section and analyze it.

The Gay Science
By: Friedrich Nietzsche
Section 155
What we lack.

“We love what is great in nature and have discovered it — because in our heads, great human beings are lacking. It was the other way around for the Greeks; their feeling for nature is different from ours.”

What is he talking about? Don’t worry, I can totally translate. He’s starting off with saying that there is a difference between the people today and the ancients. Today, people value the greatness of things in nature.


Like this mountain. Isn’t it magnificent?

Well, that’s just what Nietzsche’s talking about. He’s saying that today’s people find things like mountains, the ocean, and physically large things to be where greatness is. What of the person who sees these great things? Isn’t that person great too for being able to see this greatness?…Nope. We’re pretty much insignificant.

Nietzsche continues with how everything was in the reverse for the ancients. They viewed not external natural objects as great, but the one natural object each individual has domain over as greatness. One’s body and what one can do with one’s body is great.

Why should we care?

Ariel Ceylan

5 April 2012

I wrote a few poems this week and I have a few plans for the weekend. I don’t feel like typing it, but I feel like talking about it.

How’s that for blogging? It’s VLOGGING, boo-yeah!

Thanks for your time.
Ariel Ceylan

30 March 2012

Lately I’ve been reading books that are written to help me market and sell my books. They are all helpful and yet they are all not. It’s nice to know what I’m supposed to do and how I’m supposed to do it, but those books seem to be like they are for businesses that are clear. I am my business, me a person. I’m not a cupcake store or a grocery store. How do I sell myself?



Ariel Ceylan