creative exercises

Writing from the Pantry

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Some people can take a bunch of random ingredients from the pantry and create a delicious meal. I am not one of those people. When I watch the cooking competition show Chopped, in which chefs are given obscure (and sometimes rather icky) ingredients with which to make a gourmet dish,…

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Ode to the DMV

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This week’s On, In, and Around Mondays is inspired by my trip to the Department of Motor Vehicles to renew my license. Once again, prepositions take center stage. Where are you writing from this week? L. L. Barkat invites you to tell all about it in the post series On,…

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Creative Stretch #5: A Writing Prompt

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You’ve heard it before: Writers write—always. This adage can either inspire or haunt. I think writers find it mostly haunting, for the very thing that writers love is the very thing that we find difficult to do. (Do I hear any amens?) Sometimes we writers need a little nudge. Sometimes…

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Creative Stretch #3: Metaphor Hunting

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Many times I have had the pleasant surprise of experiencing God’s nearness when I haven’t really been looking for Him. He crashes through my toughened senses to capture my attention in some unexpected way—perhaps the way the sun is breaking through the clouds or the way geese land upon the…

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Seeing Beyond What Is Seeable

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Yesterday I had the opportunity to take a long walk home after dropping my car off for service. I deliberately took the scenic route in the hope that I could “see the unseeable” in relation to Creative Stretch #1. Many things captured my attention: squirrels furiously scavenging; the angled sunlight…

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