Kick Start Your Writing Brain – Firing The Mind
- Write what you can see from your window – but you cannot use the letter ‘e’. That lovely little letter is verboten! (Watch the directions your mind goes in when it must wear this restrictive corset. Restrictions can create possibilities)
- Find how many words you can make out of the words ‘CREATIVITY’ and then write a poem.
- Imagine you have lost one of your senses. Write about it (and don’t forget the sense of Taste).
- A woman comes out of a cemetery with a bunch of flowers. Why?
- Whichever day of the week it is, write about what that day has meant to you and/or what it means now. Double maths or wash day? Hockey or half day closing? Golf or pay day? Try to find some contrasts.
- Choose any concrete or abstract noun at random eg lemons, (concrete as you can touch it) or sorrow (because you can’t), then visit istockphotos. Punch in your word and see the images which come up. Choose one image that catches your eye and write. (Who knows? That image could become the cover of your next best seller.)
- Go for a brisk walk. Choose seven objects you see and come back to the laptop and try to connect them in a piece of writing, If weather or your health is not permitting, then choose seven objects from the room you are writing in.
- Write only in clichés. You could try a dialogue between two people. (This one’s more fun than you think. Do it when you need a dash of humour.)
This morning write a didactic cinquain.
- First line – one word eg your title: Sharon.
- Second line – two words which describes the first line eg: Enthusiastic Writer.
- Third line – 3 words – verbs which describe the first word eg: Avid, Curious, Talented.
- Fourth line – four words which gives an emotion about the first line. Eg: How I miss her.
- Final and fifth line is one word which says the first line in a different way. Eg: Friend. (It gets the mind working in a circular fashion.)
10. Carry on from this sentence – Tomorrow I shall have to tell them …
Next time on Kick Start Your Writing Brain: Keeping the Negativity out of the Writing Room.