Writing prompt – in the shoes of…

Abe-Lincoln-flickr-mjsmith01-300x225Imagine yourself as a historical figure, you choose. Now write a diary entry as that character. Don’t worry too much about facts, just make it up and see where it goes.

Write for at least 10 minutes without censoring or editing. Let the words flow, see where it goes.

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Sensory writing prompt #3

generic+black+licorice+generic+shutterstock_35272414Step 1: Buy something to eat, reminiscent of your childhood. Eat it, slowly. Notice the flavours, the texture in your mouth and any thoughts that arise.

Step 2: Start writing, write for at least 10 minutes. Try not to pause, censor or edit. Just write and see where it goes.
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How to Become a Better Writer | Sarah Selecky

Great article. Sarah Selecky suggesting that close studying of the works and process of writers that you admire can perform the function of a virtual writing mentor and contribute to your development as a writer.

http://www.sarahselecky.com/2015/how-to-become-a-better-writer/

This is echoed by Lousie DeSalvo in her excellent book: The Art of Slow Writing, in which she examines the development process of a writer, suggesting that “It takes time to learn the language of our art, perfect our craft, harness our skills and develop our own particular form of expression.”

She recommends that writers create their own apprenticeship by studying the works and process of writers that they admire.

What has helped your development as a writer? Let me know in the comments.

Sensory writing prompt #2

891-BreadStep 1: Find something with a strong smell that you like. Smell it. What comes to mind? Now write a three minute list of anything that comes to mind. Don’t censor or edit, just write.

Step 2: Look back over your list, circle  any words you like, then write them at the top of a fresh page. Now write for 10 minutes, using these words as inspiration. You don’t necessarily have to include all the words. Try not to pause, censor or edit. Just write and see where it goes.
Please feel free  to share your writing or the experience in the comments section.