Playing around with words adds something to my life. Most of you know what I mean. We don't have to write about things that are deep and meaningful, (although we can) but that's not what this blog is about.
This blog is totally dedicated to writing exercises that can unleash the forces of creativity that you sometimes forget you have. Why? Because you're immersed in trying to finish your novel or busy "teaching" your children to write. Most of you are probably putting in a 40+ hour workweek (in one way or another).
Stop. Take a deep breath. Let's pretend it's vacation time and we're going on a trip. The first thing we'll need to do is decide where we're going. Write an awesome (fiction or non-fiction) place you would like to visit at the top of a paper.
The top of my paper would read: Virginia (that's because I wrote a book about it and because it's great horse country!).
Now comes the important part. Without stopping to think, get ready to write any thought, word, or phrase that comes to your mind (and reminds you of your dream place) on that same paper... we're braindropping again! Time yourself for two minutes.
Ready.... Set....Go! Don't lift your pencil from your paper even for space purposes. Write as fast and as messy as you can (without worrying about spelling or grammar). And if you can't think of anything else, write, "I can't think...I can't think..." until something comes to your mind. Trust me it will.
At the end of two minutes, look at your paper. Chose a couple words or thoughts that jump out at you to write a quick paragraph about...you'll have tons of ideas that will turn into dazzling descriptive sentences. If you would have taken the time to sit down and think about your vacation destination, you'd still be chewing the end of your pencil. Now, you've unlocked your creativity and YOU CAN WRITE!
Teachers, your kids will love this one. Hopefully you've been doing a lot of braindropping with them. If you've just joined our network, you might want to do this exercise orally first. Remember, you are part of the writing journey...make sure to join your kids in the fun. If you are excited about writing, your kids will willingly take the plunge!