Creative Stretch #5: A Writing Prompt

By December 4, 2009 language No Comments

Creative Stretch posts encourage “the care and feeding of the imagination and the spirit” (Luci Shaw, Breath for the Bones).

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 we need a big push.

This Creative Stretch is merely a gentle prod. We will, however, give that old adage the benefit of the doubt and call it inspirational.

So let’s be inspired. To write. But only for 15 minutes. It’s short, sweet, noncommittal even. I survived my first attempt and thought it worthy of another go. Want to join the fun?

Take 15 minutes to write about one of the following topics:

  • Free-write for 15 minutes about something “small but significant” about yourself. (Exercise courtesy of Luci Shaw, Breath for the Bones)
  • Free-write for 15 minutes about your favorite whatever (food, coffee, landscape, shirt, animal).
  • Free-write for 15 minutes about something that makes your heart sing.

After you’ve proven the old adage partway true and have 15 minutes of writing to show for it, be sure to share it! Post it on your blog, and then paste the link in the comments here. And if you don’t have a blog, let me know—I’ll feature your written masterpiece here at filling my patch of sky, in your very own post.


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