Okay, not many of you got into personifying your pencils. So let's try something else. How about your backyard grill? If you don't have a grill in your backyard, think park or neighbor's barbecue. JUST THINK OF A GRILL!
The whole point of this exercise is to allow you to have fun with creativity. The more comfortable you get with this, the easier it gets. Honestly, you'll begin to think in the same way that you write. Nothing will seem the same anymore. The world will look different. You'll all make millions on your blogs....okay, maybe I got a little carried away, but didn't it excite you just a little? I DO promise you'll start to have fun writing. You'll experience joy like Tweedles and Sasha. You need to go visit their blogs if you haven't. You will find honest to goodness creativity going on and on and on!
Back to the exercise. If I were my grill, here's what I'd say:
I am Jan's grill. I shudder every time she throws in a match. "Why can't she remember I'm automatic?" I think to myself. Then she remembers. She turns UP the gas. Then she pushes the ignite button. POOF! One day, I 'm going to catch that red hair of hers on fire. Maybe after that she'll slow down and light me right. Hey! Maybe she can actually IGNITE the grill...get it? Ignite!
After I'm fired up, Jan puts on the hamburgers. I could tell her to let them sear for longer, but I know she wouldn't listen. After about five minutes, she gives them a quick flip. Five minutes more go by. Jan takes the hamburgers off and goes inside. Less than two minutes later the back door slams. No more Jan. This time it's Chuck. He puts the hamburgers back on the grill and cooks them until their done. Hmmmm.....maybe Jan's got a mission in mind.....
Now it's your turn. You be your grill. What would your grill say about you? What would your kids say that your grill would say about you? Let yourselves go...this could get interesting!
By the way, I've seen so much creativity around here lately, I'm going to provide links back to your sites from time to time. I hope that's okay with you. If not, please let me know.
*Will you travel to this holiday weekend? My guess is that lots of grills will be fired up for some traditional 4th of July cookouts!