Time for some writing…
on your mark, get set, go!
by Kari Hawkey
Make a list of at least 10 wishes you have for another person. My favorite ‘wish’ poem is by the late, great Lucille Clifton, “wishes for sons”. (You can find the poem at: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15601. It is hilarious.) Hopefully Lucille has provided some great inspiration. Now, write a poem about your wishes.
by Redd Williams
You are at a used bookstore, browsing. Describe the shelves, are they tidy, messy, over stacked? What section draws your attention? What goodies do you find there? Describe the books, are they yellowed and dog-eared? Or are the spines barely cracked and still have white pages? Also, describe the shopkeeper and mention two quirky things about the place. For example, there is a place in San Diego that has a cat that lives in the store.
by Lizi Gilad
“I grew up in a house where the only regular guests were my relations. On a certain day, enormous families of relatives would visit us, and there would be so many people that the noise and bodies would spill out to the backyard and onto the front porch. Then for weeks no one would come.” –Richard Rodriguez, from Aria: A Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood
Do you invite guests to your home? Do you enjoy hosting? Do you enjoy being a guest in another home? Do you prefer to be alone? Write a page describing your most recent experience of having guests over or of being a guest.
by Kari Hawkey
If you are currently working on a project, take your protagonist and put him or her in bed with their foil (both in personality and in physical appearance). Write a scene in which both characters are either very satisfied with the outcomes – or it is a complete disaster. Have fun… and the dirtier the better!
Writing is easy:
All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper
until drops of blood form on your forehead.
~ Gene Fowler