Monday, July 2, 2012

Inspire (9)

Inspire is a weekly writing prompt or exercise, posted on Mondays. Anyone who's interested can participate, and you're more than welcome to share what you've written by posting a link in the comments.

Last week I attended an incredible writing program at a nearby college, which is why I wasn't able to make any posts. It was an incredible experience and I learned so much about writing, so this week's prompt is taken from one of the writing exercises we did in class: Write abstractions - things that aren't solid, tangible objects, like "love", "fear," "hope," et cetera - on index cards. Put them all in a box, hat, or pile, pick one at random, and write down the image that comes to mind when you think of that word. It can be anything - it doesn't matter if it's generic or mainstream, influenced by pop culture or memories, just write down the image. Include sensory details and be as descriptive as you want.

That's the end of the writing exercise, but there is one more thing I want to share. I love quotes, and wrote down quite a few last week, but this was something one of the instructors said on the first day of the workshop, and it really stuck with me.

"There are so many different ways of communicating in writing. It's not narrow. It's not straightforward."

With that in mind, enjoy this exercise, and follow your writing wherever it takes you.


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