apocalypse – quotes and descriptions to inspire creative writing
The “Legend of Knight Star” is what happens to turn an apocalypse into a new beginning for the creation that dwells upon that world. Each time it changes because of the responses of the host species and how they adapt to divine interventions.
Generation cell phone was followed by generation sociopath – we went from a sizeable minority to a majority – and that was the end of the world as we knew it. In the midst of all the other swirling disasters, from disease to wildfires and climate change, a generation without the attention span to develop introspection and thus the kind of self awareness that develops empathy, that was how humanity would devolve. unless we figured out how to reverse the neurological damage and save both our children and those yet unborn. it was the big disaster coming over the hilltop.
Floods are not only of water, and the apocalypse brought waves of disease, famine, vice and war – increasing Death’s reap.
For in the wake of disease comes famine and then war, with death as reaper.
An apocalypse has a reason and, until you make that right, it will gather speed no matter what you do.
The apocalypse will make believers of you all.
For the apocalypse we did a transfer in the ether, not all traits, yet a few. Zeus took a portion of Hera’s legendary stability, and she got a creative boost from him. And so as they stepped forwards to meet the horsemen, four to two, they did so undetected for quite some time.
If you ever find yourself in an apocalypse, pray for the dark horse angel to already be born among you. This angel warrior, this angel-witch, will show you which way it is to heaven. She will guide you and make the right kind of loving lore.
The problem with apocalyptic battles is that heaven has lost so much ground already that those who can deliver as much as a ninety-five percent victory will still lose. This is why you need the dark horse angel, only she can win on enough battle fronts to secure a positive future for your planet.
God: By now most of you should be aware that the apocalypse is well underway and more than anything it is one last chance to save creation and humanity as it exists in your era. There are considerable issues that need solving. My daughter has gone a long way toward creating a new paradigm for a new world order, one based in love rather than money. It’s a tough job that’s taken her the best part of a decade and a lot of suffering to complete. As we move onward the saving of your planet will be a collaboration of the best people to complete the tasks – the right skills for each fix that is required. No one person, not even her, is right for every task. This is going to depend upon a lot of very good hearted people becoming a team who trust each other to do what is right, to do what is loving, for the entire world. She will be the creative, philosophical, visionary lead, that’s enough. It’s a credit to her that her brain can do all this. She cannot specialise in multiple directions that require different brain sub-part configurations. There will be a lead who is a more technical managerial type who is a specialist at organising large teams who carry out complex tasks. There will be leads in a variety of scientific and local indigenous knowledge areas, including various faiths. We will be looking to bring about the best Earth restoration program that supports diversity in nature and cultures. With a God-led new world order of people who serve rather than “hold power,” there is a good life waiting for everyone on Earth. It’s what I always wanted for you all, yet until the point of near ecological collapse it’s been impossible to make the necessary changes. I hope you will be considerate and polite with the era/paradigm transition team, they are faced with perhaps the most difficult and complex task any human has ever faced and yet they must communicate all that to the population in a way every person can comprehend. Wish them luck, even with my help, they’ll need it.
If you find yourself in an apocalypse, you can be sure that cosmic justice has been given carte-blanche to do its salvage operation. You are either of use in that operation or not. Favour in such times is only a function of use.
Why is it dear America,
That you are so strong of faith,
That you sing so greatly of love,
Yet permit the racism wraith,
To rob your children of security,
To bring the destruction of a war,
To escalate hell’s fires,
To open negative chaos’s door?
Because I wonder dear America,
If you were brought to such great faith,
As the only antidote that could ever conquer,
This callous apocalyptic wraith.
This is not a time of destruction for the sake of death, yet more as the vet who puts down a sickly dog. For if you cannot love each other, be kind, and save the fauna and flora with which you share this world, and on whom you depend and should adore, then this is how we end the madness. We are the horsemen who stop the suffering by stopping everything. It’s what we do. So call it evil if you wish to be so stupid, but who could save the starving yet stands by so idle and apathetic? Who creates a prison world for animals and your own kind alike? And these prisons are of the brain and the body. Who made a financial system that is sanctified abuse of billions? I believe it was you humans. So by all means shake your fist at the sky and blame the God who loves you, but we are here to help Him too, because unless you start loving , caring and nurturing your God will be in more pain than even a deity can process. So dial up the love real loud and do it now, or we end this, that’s our job, to end pain and exterminate what cannot be fixed. Change now or this is the apocalypse.
We are the mercenaries, the mercy of Aries, God of War, and we do it for love. So, do you need the sort of mercy we can provide? Or do you wish to listen to the God of Love? Really, we’re on the same side. both one entity and separate. that is the nature of God. the devil is someone else entirely.
Once the criminal overclass, the elite rulers of society, made laws to criminalise the starving and abused workers. Now we come full circle. Now we feel the scorpion tail. This is the upside down world. Now the elites of the underclass, the mob, rule the overclass. That is how evolution works, social evolution too. if you go by darwinistic rules. The only way out now is the love-nexus, but who will listen to the Archangel in these apocalyptic days?
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20 Post-Apocalyptic Prompts to Inspire You Next Novel
I’m back today with more writing prompts! This time I’m giving you some post-apocalyptic prompts. If you would like to check out my other writing prompt posts I will leave the links down below –
1. The electric goes out and everyone’s disappeared.
2. Write a story from the perspective of a zombie.
3. You were born the year the apocalypse happens. Tell your story.
4. You need food so you break into an abandoned supermarket. That’s when you hear the music box start playing and you realise you aren’t alone.
5. You’re the leader of the baddest, most ruthless gang in the wasteland. Write about what happens when someone threatens your leadership.
6. A character uses the apocalypse to forge a new identity and start a new life. Why?
7. The unthinkable happens and now you’re stuck in your dad’s bunker.
8. Multiple volcanoes erupt at the same time, destroying much of the world. You only survive because you were playing up in the mountains with your friends. What happens next?
9. Your family have been ready for months. Except when the bombs finally arrive you’re trapped inside the bunker and your dad is nowhere to be found.
10. You thought you were alone in this new world until you meet up with an escaped convict.
11. A strange howling is heard across the world then everything erupts into chaos.
12. The oceans rise and the world is flooded. How do you survive?
13. You’ve always hated Friday the 13th. That’s why you weren’t surprised when the apocalypse happened on that very day.
14. You’ve spent the last 2 years in your bunker and now it’s time to resurface. Write about what you find.
15. The only reason you survived the apocalypse is because you agreed to go into a special bunker to be experimented on. Now, a group of you have decided to break out. Write about what happens.
16. You are searching for supplies when you find a 10-year-old girl huddled in a supermarket. You decide to take her with you.
17. How you would you celebrate Christmas in the wasteland?
18. You agreed to be cryogenically frozen whilst the apocalypse took place. What everyone thought would happen, turned out to be wrong. Everything is so much worse.
19. A riot breaks out in your bunker and the only way to get away from it is to leave the safety of the underground, but you don’t know what’s out there.
20. A spat of dangerous weather breaks out all over the world. Hundreds of thousands of people die. You are left to take care of your 2 small siblings. What happens?
Let me know if you use any of these prompts, I’d love to see what you come up with.
6 Kinds of Apocalypse to Inspire Your Writing
Post-apocalyptic fiction follows the fortunes of characters as they try to cope in a post-apocalyptic world. Sounds deceptively simple, but there’s a lot more to life after the apocalypse than meets the eye.
The apocalypse doesn’t only refer to the end of the world. My trusty Chambers Dictionary app tells me that the word itself is derived from the Greek apokalypsis – an uncovering.
Post-apocalyptic fiction is set some time after the end of civilisation and the return to a less technologically advanced state.
Books in this genre often remind me of post-colonial literature set in societies rent asunder by their colonisers. But in this post I’ll focus on the very essence of post-apocalyptic fiction: the fact that things aren’t what they used to be. Exactly how bad they get is up to you, the writer.
Post-apocalyptic fiction is not the same as dystopian fiction
To be honest, some books widely classified as post-apocalyptic fiction could easily be shifted to the dystopian shelf. A good example of such blurred lines is John Wyndham’s classic The Chrysalids. Yes, it’s definitely set some generations after civilisation entered a dark age, but the main theme is of a young man waking up to the realisation that he lives in a dystopia.
It’s easy to confuse the two genres because many fictional dystopias were established in the wake of apocalyptic collapse. So how do you tell them apart?
Well, you can either work your way through this entertaining flow chart, or look at the source of conflict in the story. As speculative fiction author Traci Loudin points out:
- Dystopian fiction tends to pit the individual against the normative forces of society, whereas …
- … post-apocalyptic fiction is a matter of the individual struggling for survival, or maybe even trying to rebuild civilisation.
Different kinds of apocalypse
Depending on whether they’re tragedies or not, post-apocalyptic stories can end with the hope of new beginnings for humankind. Tales of purifying the earth through destruction abound in the bible, one important reference source for writers in this genre.
But they begin with the apocalyptic event itself, or, as it has been called elsewhere, a Big Bang. In the most powerful post-apocalyptic works, subsequent events are related to the nature of the Big Bang, whether they unfold in the immediate aftermath or generations later.
Post-apocalyptic fiction has a number of notable recurring themes when it comes to the event that kicks them off. The following sources of devastation have all found their way into popular books:
1. Events from outer space
In John Wyndham’s more firmly post-apocalyptic novel The Day of the Triffids, civilisation ends when a strange, beautiful meteor shower blinds all who see it (which is pretty much everybody, owing to the aforementioned strangeness and beauty).
2. Unknown and strange causes
The Devil’s Children by Peter Dickinson depicts a world where humans have been driven by a mysterious sound to destroy all technology. But readers of Cormac McCarthy’s ultra-bleak masterpiece The Road never do learn what calamity befell the earth.
3. Epidemics and maladies
Characters in José Saramago’s Nobel Prize-winning novel Blindness suffer from the same ailment as those in The Day of the Triffids. But this time the disability spreads quietly, unheralded by heavenly fireworks. The source of devastation in MR Carey’s The Girl with All the Gifts is more the stuff of horror: a fungal infection which turns humans into ‘hungries’.
4. Environmental catastrophe
A new ice age is the chilly, post-apocalyptic setting for Michael Moorcock’s The Ice Schooner, a Moby-Dick reboot. For PD James, the apocalypse is more of a whimper than a bang. In The Children of Men, society disintegrates after the human race loses the ability to reproduce, possibly a subtle case of Gaia’s revenge.
It’s hardly surprising that in the later part of the twentieth century, nuclear war was a much written-about cause of the apocalypse. As a young adult I was affected by Raymond Briggs’ graphic novel When the Wind Blows, the story of an ordinary suburban couple’s fight for survival after a nuclear attack.
On a more fantastical note, Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve proves that apocalypse by war needn’t be a drawn-out affair. The world of this book is a place ravaged by the ‘Sixty-Minute War’ and its aftermath.
You’d think there’d be a sufficiency of novels where the apocalypse is caused by magic, wouldn’t you? But there don’t seem to be, possibly because it’s such a tricky scenario to develop.
One magical apocalypse I particularly enjoyed takes place in Elegy Beach by Steven R Boyett, ushering in a world where the laws of magic replace the laws of physics.
Post-apocalyptic fiction – the world is yours to destroy
Post-apocalyptic fiction is a highly fertile genre for authors of speculative fiction. To get started, you need a Big (or Little) Bang, and main characters who may (or may not) embody the new future of civilisation.
The rest is up for grabs. Whether you opt for a conventional or experimental structure, or a tragic or more optimistic ending, your novel will find worthy shelf-fellows in the speculative fiction section of any bookshop.
Sophie Playle is a professional fiction editor. She specialises in developmental editing, critiquing and copy-editing, and loves working with authors and publishers who are passionate about high-quality storytelling. Speculative fiction, fantasy, science fiction and literary fiction are her genres of choice. She’s an Advanced Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading and has a Creative Writing MA from Royal Holloway, University of London. Find out more: liminalpages.com