Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Time Waster or Writing Helper... You Decide
So many of you are prolific writers and I’m sure you never get “stuck’ or frustrated to the point of having to do any sort of writing exercise to get your mind and heart into writing each day. But, there are some of us “lesser” writers who do struggle and need an extra “OOMPH” to get us warmed up.
On Charlotte Dillion's website she has some helps for writers called “Writing Prompts”. The one that caught my attention was where you make a list of occupations and a list of situations where your hero and heroine could meet. After you write out these lists, cut them in separate strips and turn them upside down. Now, take two strips from the occupations lists and one strip from the “meet” list. The first occupation strip is the heroine’s and the second is the hero’s. Do not switch them! That’s cheating.
So, you now have an occupation for the heroine and one for the hero and where/how they meet. Some of the suggestions for the occupation list could be…
Food Service Worker
Mail Room Clerk
Whatever you can come up with for a list.
The “Meeting” list could be…
Meet by chance
Both reach for the same veggies at the grocery store
Newly made neighbors
One hires the other to do work for them
Meet at wedding
Meet at a bar
Held hostage together
One rescues the other from some awful situation
Whatever you come up with for a list.
Now, take the strips and match them up and write a scene of this meeting encounter.
This is a good way to get the grey matter sloshing around in your brain and your writing juices flowing.
After you write the warm up scene you may be ready to just jump "write" in and get busy on your WIP. Hey, it could happen. :)
If you want to be creative today, or waste a little time, go ahead and make a ridiculous match out of the prompts I’ve listed and write a little rough draft scene to post to the comments section of this blog. It can have as many writer's mistakes in it as you want. You can TELL, instead of SHOW the scene. Whatever. The point is to just get you warmed up a bit.
So, feel free to "throw up on the page" with this exercise and entertain us with your practice scene! :) Not only will it get you writing, but it’s a great way to avoid writing on your WIP if you’re not in the mood for it yet today. LOL
Oh, and if you don't have time or feel like doing the exercise, then maybe you could just post a comment about how you get warmed up each day, or maybe you don't need any warming up at all because you're already such a smokin' writer! :)
What ever you decide...
Happy Writing Wednesday and Happy Halloween!