Friday, March 28, 2008

Writing prompt #1

What I’m Reading: Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn and A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

What I’m working on: Another scene in Slayer. DSM is almost over. I’m so sad, but I do have a grid for my hero and heroine – a grid I like, not the lame thing I started with.

New Words Tuesday: 341
New Words Wednesday: 106
New Words Thursday: 159
New Words Today: 147

I recently received a copy of a wonderful text to review for my favorite high school. Random House sent it to me. I love Random House’s website, magazine, and other media for educators.

The book I received is called Naming the World: and Other Exercises for the Creative Writer. It’s edited by Bret Anthony Johnston and contains ideas from many famous authors. We’re considering it for the creative writing class.

I’ve fallen in love with this book.

I’ve decided to make at least one day a week at my blog a writing exercise day. I’ll post one of the prompts or ideas from the book on my blog and also most an excerpt of my writing as a result. You should feel free to post your excerpt in my comments section or post a comment about the experience of trying the exercise or post your excerpt at your blog (and leave a comment so I’ll know to go read it).

Today’s prompt is from page 7. Try to aim for writing 10 minutes.

“An unsolved mystery is a thorn in the heart.” This is the opening line of a short prose piece you are to write, meditating on an unsolved mystery in your own life. You can transpose this into purely fictional terms.

I'll post mine as Saturday's blog. It's too full of typos to post tonight. And I'm not in an editing mood.

Happy writing.


Lara Dien said...

Hmm...thanks. My creativity could use some random prodding LOL Seriously, this is a great idea. I have a couple books of writing prompts, although I've never gotten around to using them regularly. When I was in middle school, my mom (also my teacher for a few years) used to give us photo cards to do creative writing from.

In about a minute and a half, it'll be posted (with complete credit to you, of course) on Hearts and Handcuffs ...

Hope your weekend is going well!

(PS check out my word-count ...)