Creative Writing Prompts – But Isn’t It Cheating To Use Prompts To Enhance My Creative Writing?

A creative writing prompt is a simple technique or a few words or phrases you can use as a starting point for your creative writing.

Once you’ve begun to write, and used the prompt for inspiration, you’re off on your own.

Where your writing goes after this is entirely up to you and your imagination.

Many creative writers feel uncomfortable using creative writing prompts.

They think it’s cheating or taking a short cut and all their ideas should be 100% new, original and their own.

On the surface that sounds like an honourable point of view. Of course we all want to be able to compose work that’s uniquely ours and the fruits of our creativity alone.

We know how bad we’d feel if we simply copied someone else’s writing and claimed it as our own.

But the fact is, nothing is completely new.

Everything creative builds upon the works of those who’ve gone before us.

For example, think about when a major car company begins designing a new model.

They may introduce many new features, some of which are truly revolutionary in car design and innovation. They’ll most likely use cutting edge technology to design each new element of the new model.

But that new car, even after all the millions spent and the thousands of man hours of design and labour invested, will still have four wheels and an engine.

It’s the same with creative writing.

At the most extreme fringes of creative writing, you might invent new words, you might even invent new letters. But they’ll have meaning in some form.

Creative writing is about the expression of ideas and emotions. Yes it can be as experimental as you want to make it, but it’ll always return to being about that human expression.

Creative writing prompts help us explore that creative expression.

If you’re a dressmaker, do you make the material from nothing. Do you have your own factory that processes the raw fibres into larger pieces of material? Unlikely. You probably buy material that’s already been woven and then make your dress from that.

If you’re a musician who composes using computer software, do you write a completely new software program from scratch each time you want to start a new composition? It’s not very probable. You find software that works for you, and use it to help you explore your creative music ideas from there.

If you’re a photographer who specialises in photographing buildings and architecture, do you go and erect a new building each time you want to take some pictures? Do you build a new camera, piece by piece? No. You have cameras you’re comfortable using, then you find buildings that inspire your photography.

Would you consider any of the 3 artists described above as “cheating” or “not being original”?

So if you have any concerns about whether using creative writing prompts is cheating or somehow not allowed, think again.

You’ll no doubt realise that in fact creative writing is in many ways already one of the simplest and purest forms of creating, because we need so little equipment, tools or technology to begin.

So using a few words or techniques as a starting point is even less of a possible concern.

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Tips for Selling Your Year-Old RV

Buying an RV often involves painstaking research, and despite all those hard done investigations, you may want to sell it after a while. How to sell your RV without taking a hit due to steep depreciation in the second-hand RV market? The question is enough to give you sleepless nights, but you are not alone in this. Many want to sell their perfectly tuned year old RV for a variety of reasons.. People often lose interests in RV-ing and want to liquidate their hardly used rolling homes. Some want to sell their RVs to meet their needs for cash due to unforeseen circumstances. It’s also quite common for travel enthusiasts to buy a vehicle but with time and experience, they realize that they may need a coach of different size and specs. If you want to sell your RV for any of these reasons or the other, proceed with caution, as depreciation rate of second-hand RVs is quite high. You can expect to get 10 to 20 percent less of your buying price; you must aim to get the best deal possible. How to go about it? Here are a few tips:

Locate Your Ideal Buyers

The people who know you and trust your upkeep of the rig could be your ideal customers. Local RV-enthusiasts will also be interested in your unit, as it will be extremely convenient for them to make the transaction with a local seller.. You can meet many other prospective buyers, at local RV events. Often these events attract people who want to dabble into RV-ing and are trying to gain the inside knowledge. Your year-old vehicle may attract some first time RV-ers.

Approach a Dealer

If you fall into the group of RV-ers who want to upgrade and are on the lookout for buyers for their year-old vehicle, contact a renowned dealer in the vicinity. These dealers may assist you to get an excellent compensation for your young rig. And why would they want to help you? They expect you to purchase the upgraded model from their showrooms.

Assess the Value of Your RV

Dedicated sites which provide valuation quote for new and used cars offer insight of your vehicle’s resale value. Always check with them. Your zip code, year and make of the rig, and mileage will be some of the determining factors for your RV’s appraisal.

Dash for Some Quick Fixes

To command greater value for your RV, you must make sure that every part functions smoothly and that should include wheels, engines, GPS, batteries, cruise control, power mirrors, heating and AC units et al. Also, check if exterior paints, rubber seal of the skylight, the surface of the skylight, windows are intact. Service compartment should be in good condition, and it should look clean and smell nice. Interior walls, ceiling, floor, plumbing should also be in top order. The clean furnishings and serviced equipment will add to the value. How to sell your year-old RV in the right price bracket? The question might have given you many sleepless nights; but not anymore. Just follow the above blueprint and you will surely clinch the deal quickly.

The History of Matchless Motorcycles

For a while, Matchless were the largest motorcycle maker and from the turn of the century, the Collier Brothers were involved in powered two wheelers. Both Harry and Charlie Collier believed in competition, and before World War 1, the marque was well established. The company’s premises were in Plumstead, South East London, and were well removed from the Midlands centre of the industry, but this seemed to have little effect on their prosperity.

In the 1920s, they also built cars. At the start of the 1930s, the company had a range of singles much as any other manufacturer, plus a big V-twin for sidecar work.

For 1930, they also had the new Silver Arrow, which was kept under wraps until the last minute. It was another attempt to provide the touring rider with the fully equipped sophisticated machine.

The Silver Arrow was a side valve v-twin with 54 x 86mm dimensions and 394cc. Its two cylinders were set at 26 degrees within a single casting under a single head. The result looked odd, rather like a single that was too long, and with the exhaust emerging from the manifold at its right corner and the carburettor in the middle of the block on the left.

The gear driven camshaft lay along the machine and was extended to the rear, to drive the mag-dyno. It suggested a shaft drive, but this was an illusion, because chains conveyed the power to the three speed gearbox, and then onto the rear wheel.

Lubrication was dry sump with the oil tank bolted to the front of the crankcase, so there were no external oil pipes. The frame was tubular, with pivoted rear suspension controlled by coil springs and friction dampers mounted under the saddle.

The front had girder forks and both wheels had drum brakes interconnected to a foot pedal on the right, while the front brake could also be operated independently by the handlebar lever.

It was topped off by an instrument panel mounted above the bars, carrying both dials and switches. This was to provide the finishing touch to a machine sold to the discerning as quiet, smooth running and as comfortable as a car.

The problem was that enthusiasts would clamour for advanced developments and sophistication but would never purchase it. Fortunately, Matchless continued with their line of straight forward machines which sold well and kept them solvent.

The singles all had a vertical cylinder with the magneto tucked in behind it and the smallest was a 245cc and comprised the side valve R/4 and OHV R/6. Next came the twin port T/S2 with 348cc, while in the largest class there were three models with the 497cc T/5 having side valves and the 491cc V3 overhead.

There were two versions of the latter, one with twin ports and the other, called the Special had one. The Special was guaranteed to be capable of 85 mph. Finally, there was the 583cc side valve V/6 to complete the singles.

There were two versions of the big v-twin and both used the same 982cc engine with side valves. The basic model was the X/2 and the other X/R2, which had chrome plated rims and nickel plated cylinders.

All models had dry sump lubrication using the rotating and reciprocating plunger set in the crankcase. This system was to last for decades.

The Silver Arrow had been a focus of interest when it was first shown, but it was too small and placid to excite people. Within 12 months, this changed when the company unveiled a machine with a four cylinder overhead camshaft engine at Olympia. It was called the Silver Hawk.

Equally new, and just a few aisles away at the show was the Ariel Square Four, either model would have been a show stopper, but for two machines, with dissimilar engines to appear during a depression was quite remarkable. The Hawk was in essence, two Silver Arrows placed side by side. The dimensions were 50.8 x 73 mm and it had a 592cc capacity but the 26 degree angle remained.

The Hawk had a duplex primary chain with weller spring tensioner, so the four speed, hand change gearbox could run at a fixed centre. Like the twin, it failed to achieve much success for it was expensive at a time when the world was hard up. It also paralleled the Ariel in running into head joint problems if pressed too hard, while the bevels whined or rattled, which was OK on a near racer but not on a deluxe sports model.

In May 1931, a light 500 was added to the range as the D/5, and took its name from its low weight, which just came under the tax barrier. This was an achievement, for the machine was equipped with electric lighting powered by a Maglita unit. The engine was an inclined cylinder, side valve 497cc. Dry sump lubrication was employed and a three speed hand change gearbox was fitted.

1932 saw the introduction of a single port D/6 and twin port D/3, each fitted with a 348cc OHV engine, the 348cc model D, 583cc SV model C, 491cc OHV model C/S and 245cc models R/7 and D/S.

All models had a new fabric oil filter fitted in the oil tank that year and a face cam engine shock absorber. From 1933, the company began its practice of prefixing each model designation with the last two digits of the year, so the D/6 became the 33/D6.

The 1934 range was slimmed down a little, and among the casualties was the Silver Arrow, D, D/5, D/6, D6 and D7. The mudguard beading was changed to a gold line in 1935 and a change to chrome plated wheel rims reflected the move away from the economies of the depression years.

In April 1935, an important new model was announced which was to set the style and format for the range from then on.

The new G3 was known as the Clubman. It had a vertical cylinder and used the trusted 69 x 93 mm dimensions to obtain 348cc. It had an OHV, a magneto tucked behind the engine and a dynamo beneath that, where it was chain driven from the crankshaft.

During the 1930s, Matchless supplied engines to Brough Superior, Calthorpe, Coventry Eagle, OEC and OK Supreme.

1936 saw a radical shake up in the list with only the side valve F7, D5 and X4 remaining. During 1937, Matchless decided to stop supplying machines to the technical press for road tests and this continued for many years. The company also purchased the rights to the Sunbeam motorcycle company, which led to the formation of the AMC group, although the Sunbeam name was sold to BSA in 1943.

AMC continued making motorcycles and racing. However in 1954, they withdrew from racing following the death of Ike Hatch and the fierce competition from other European bikes.

With sales declining during the 1960s, AMC decided to concentrate on the Norton’s twins and the Matchless/AJS singles but they were not successful and the factory ceased production and AMC became part of the Norton-Villiers company in 1966.

Bioplasma Bodies – Formation of Plasma Vortexes and Nodes Along the Spine (Absorptive State)

Formation of Polar Vortexes

It was noted in the author’s article Bioplasma Bodies: Formation of the Central Pranic and Kundalini Currents that the helical currents generate an axial magnetic field which is aligned with the spine. This axial magnetic field is really the “straight” part of a dipole magnetic field. For convenience, we will designate the location of the “North” pole of this magnetic field to above the human head and the “South” pole below the groin. The magnetic flux lines of this magnetic field will flare outwards at the North pole, circle the bioplasma body and enter the South pole. Within the bioplasma body, the field lines from the South pole will move upwards towards the North pole. The part of the magnetic field that is within the bioplasma body is fairly straight and uniform. The polar vortexes are plasma vortexes that form around the North and South poles. The North polar vortex of a person who is standing would be facing the sky and the South polar vortex would be facing the ground.

Absorption of Super particles

Charged particles in an ionized environment have a tendency to follow magnetic field lines. If the path of the particle is at an angle, i.e. neither parallel nor perpendicular to the magnetic field lines, the particle will spiral around the magnetic field lines using a helical path. If the particle’s path is parallel (i.e. 0 degrees) to the magnetic field line it will move along the magnetic field line like beads on a string. If the particle’s path is perpendicular (i.e. 90 degrees) to the field line it will circumambulate around the field lines. Most particles, however, would come in at an angle between 0 and 90 degrees and hence would follow a helical path. When the particles plunge they collide with other particles in the ovoid (the “atmosphere” of the bioplasma body), generating a light phenomenon similar to the auroras in the atmosphere at Earth’s magnetic poles.

As the magnetic field density increases, the radius of the spiral or the “gyro radius” reduces and the velocity decreases (due to the loss in kinetic energy), in accordance with the formula R = mv/Bq that shows that R, the gyro radius, is proportional to the velocity ‘v’ and inversely proportional to the strength of the B-field. This process will generate a helical path that will have a cone shape when viewed from the side, with the apex of the cone meeting the surface of the bioplasma body. Dynamically, this can be described as a vortex. Since there are many particles streaming down into the bioplasma body, taking slightly different trajectories, smaller vortexes can also appear within a large vortex. Experimental metaphysicist Barbara Brennan has observed that within each chakra there are also small rotating vortexes spinning at very high rates.

Impact of Super particles on Surface of Bioplasma Body

When the particle reaches the bioplasma body, which is much denser than the rest of the ovoid, it impacts the surface of the body at supersonic speeds, producing 3-dimensional shock waves which generate Mach cones. The impact generates circular wave fronts that radiate out from the point of impact (forming a “wave train”) and also straight lines from the center to the circumference (like spokes on a wheel). This is similar to what happens when a meteoroid smashes into the surface of the Moon causing impact craters which show similar features. It will exhibit circular wave fronts (which generate concentric circular mountain ranges) and bright streaks of materials (often called “rays”) which radiate out from the centre. These impact features are also seen when a bullet hits the windscreen of a car. After impact, the particle is absorbed into the bioplasma body.

These impact features are consistent with features observed by experimental metaphysicist Charles Leadbeater. Based on a scenario where the path of the particle is perpendicular to the surface of the bioplasma body (i.e. parallel to the magnetic field line), Leadbeater explains that the circular wave fronts are caused by secondary forces, as follows: “This divine energy, which pours into each center from without, sets up at right angles to itself secondary forces in undulatory circular motion…” This identifies the concentric circular waves that radiate out on impact which are at right angles to the trajectory of the incoming particle. He also identifies the orthogonal distribution of radiation energy from the centre as follows: “The primary force itself, having entered the vortex, radiates from it again at right angles, but in straight lines, as though the center of the vortex was [sic] the hub of a wheel, and the radiations of the primary force its spokes.”

Bioplasma bodies are composed of complex plasma, also called dusty plasma, which consists of not only negative and positive particles, but also macroscopic dust particles. Scientific researchers found that Mach cones were produced when a particle was fired at dusty plasma at supersonic speeds. According to A Piel, longitudinal waves form circular wave-fronts with an orthogonal distribution of radiation energy in plasma crystals. Both these features, circular wave-fronts and spokes radiating out orthogonally from the centre, together with the shock wave that produces the Mach cone, are consistent with Leadbeater’s observations.

Formation of Lateral Vortexes

Development of Other Magnetic Fields in the Perpendicular Direction

The current flows of pranic particles within the central vertical section of the bioplasma body are not entirely in one direction. Both kundalini and pranic particles can enter via the North and South poles. Hence, pranic particles can flow from the North pole to the South and also in the reverse direction. However, the current in the reverse direction will be weaker due to the preponderance of pranic particles in the North which generate repulsive forces. This means that the magnetic field generated by this reverse current will also be weaker than the magnetic field generated by the stronger current, flowing from the North pole to the South.

According to Biot-Savart law, two currents flowing in opposite directions will repel each other. Imagine two straight currents, flowing in opposite directions, emanating from the ground and extending upwards to a height of 1 meter, perpendicular to the ground. If you were looking down at it, you would see that the two loops of magnetic field lines actually form a dipole magnetic field perpendicular to the direction of the currents. Similarly, smaller magnetic fields, perpendicular to the central axial current and magnetic field, will develop. The axis of these magnetic fields will merge with the central axial magnetic field, forming nodes along the axis of the central axial magnetic field.

If the North pole of this smaller dipole magnetic field is on the front side of the bioplasma body, the South pole will be on the back side. A double-vortex system will eventually evolve when particles, taking helical paths, plunge-in at the North and South poles on the two broad sides of the bioplasma body. They will be transported in a flux tube after absorption to the node along the central vertical axial current.

The magnetic field lines will flare out of the North pole on the front broad side of the body, curve outwards and enter the South pole on the back side of the body. Hence, there will be field lines and field aligned currents circling the body in a plane perpendicular to the central vertical axial magnetic field and current. These lines would be analogous to the lines of latitude on a globe of the Earth.

Basket-like Network of Currents

We know that field lines emerge out of the North pole, curve downwards, and enter the South pole in a simple bar magnet. Inside the magnet, however, the field lines move upwards from the South pole to join the North pole. Hence, if there are field-aligned currents, the currents inside the magnet (in this case, inside the bioplasma body) will be opposite in direction to the field lines outside the magnet (in this case, outside the bioplasma body but still inside the ovoid). The lines from the central vertical magnetic field would flare out from the North pole, curve downwards and connect to the South pole. These lines would be analogous to the lines of longitude on a globe of the Earth.

With the criss-crossing of the analogous horizontal lines of latitude and vertical lines of longitude, the bioplasma body will possess a basket-like network of currents. This configuration of currents has been confirmed by experimental metaphysicist Barbara Brennan who notes, “The main vertical power current induces other currents at right angles to it to form golden streamers that extend directly from the body. These in turn induce other currents that circle around the field, so that the entire auric field and all the levels below it are surrounded and held within a basket-like network.”

Formation of Vortexes connected to Central Vertical Currents

Super particles with a net magnetic polarity plunge into the ovoid, taking mainly helical paths. On impact with the surface of the bioplasma body, they generate impact features, similar to what has been described for the polar chakras, above.

On entry into the body, after impact, the particles migrate to the node along the central vertical pranic currents, generating over time, a flux tube between the point of impact and the node. This is consistent with experimental metaphysicists Leadbeater’s observations, who noted, “Though the mouth of the flower-like bell of the chakra is on the surface of the etheric body, the stem of the trumpet-like blossom always spring from a center in the spinal cord.” The “flower-like bell” is the vortex (with its apex situated on the surface of the bioplasma body at the point of impact and its broad end facing the environment) and the “stem” is the flux tube connecting the point of impact on the surface of the bioplasma body to the node along the central vertical pranic currents. This configuration is confirmed by Brennan who notes, “Their tips point into the main vertical power current and their open ends extend to the edge of each layer of the field they are located in.”

Chakra System

Based on the above analysis the “chakra system” has four components:

a. The vortex generated by the particles taking helical paths. This produces the cone structure;

b. The impact basin which is produced by the particle when it impacts the surface of the (relatively) dense bioplasma body.

c. The flux tube (or “stem”) that connects the impact basin to the node.

d. The node along the central vertical currents.

Actual Observations

Many of the diagrams in the metaphysical literature are idealized and highly symmetric to aid understanding. Actual observations may not reveal such “perfect” configurations due to a number of complications, as discussed below.

Superposition of Vortex on Mach Cone

Two features have been discussed above. Firstly, the formation of helical trajectories by super particles which generates a vortex, prior to reaching the surface of the bioplasma body, and secondly, the impact features on the surface of the body that are generated when the super particle impacts the surface of the bioplasma body. Experimental metaphysicists who observe chakras from the front side of the body will observe a complicated pattern with the helical pattern superimposed on the impact features. It will be like seeing a pattern at the bottom of a pool through a vortex on the surface of the water. Hence, the images from this view may be fragmented and radially distorted.

Warped Magnetic Field Lines

Magnetic field lines trapped within the bioplasma may be dragged or twisted due to various forces within the bioplasma. The usual diagrams in the metaphysical literature of structures within the subtle bioplasma body are idealized and show much more symmetry than would be actually observed in an average person. The actual field lines and field-aligned currents (known generally as meridians or nadis in the metaphysical literature and Birkeland currents in plasma metaphysics) may frequently be warped and filamentary.

Skewed Impact Basins

The symmetry of an impact crater depends on the angle of impact of the projectile that formed it. Craters produced by an impact that is normal to the surface tend to be radially symmetric. However, most impact craters are produced by projectiles with trajectories that are oblique to the surface and produce craters which are not radially symmetric. Since super particles have the highest probability of impacting the surface of the bioplasma body between 0 and 90 degrees, the impact basins on the surface of the bioplasma body would generally be somewhat skewed and only in rare occasions be radially symmetric.

© Copyright Jay Alfred 2007