Then, use this list as your jumping off place, following the same rules as those given above. Write in any form (poetry, drama, short story, nonfiction, memoir, etc.) a piece that incorporates the phrase, “Don’t pick up the phone.” A.
Get up and walk around the house, the porch, the deck, and/or the yard. Then write three pages about whatever comes to mind. Then sit down and write something you might be willing to share, building on your first efforts. Write out all the things you are afraid to do concerning your writing and your writing life. Spend the first five minutes thinking, jotting notes, clustering, doodling, gnashing your teeth, or wandering around, if you choose.
Then, remembering that conflict is the essence of all dramatic writing, repeat the process by imagining a character whose value, attitudes, etc.
would likely put them in opposition to the first character you invented. Explore the differences of the two lists – either in an essay or poem or put two characters in a dangerous situation together where one is more likely to have said the “it would be crazy” statements and the other would be more likely to say their opposite. Put on a piece of music and write where it takes you.
Full Name: Nicknames: Sex: Age: Height: Weight: Hair: Eyes: Skin: Posture: Appearance: Health: Birthmark: Abnormalities: Heritage: Where born: Where live: Favorite food: Favorite subject in school: Favorite game as child: Best memory: Worst memory: Smoke/Drink/Drugs Profile: Favorite section of newspaper: Favorite type of music: Last book read: Last movie seen: Morning or night person: Introvert/Extrovert: Indoor or outdoor person: Greatest fear: Closest friend: Dearest possession: Favorite season: Class: Occupation: Education: Family: Home Life: IQ: Religion: Community: Political Affiliation: Amusements/Hobbies: Reading Interests: Sex Life: Morality: Ambition: Frustration: Temperament: Attitude: Psychological Complexes: Superstitions: Imagination Word lists can sometimes be a great spur to creativity. Set your timer for ten minutes, then read the word list below and attempt to write something (a poem, a story, a short play) that contains all nine of these words.
Once you’ve completed this exercise, reread what you have written. Then, write the other side of the coin: Start each phrase with “It would be perfectly sane to.
More exercises will be added as time goes by, so please check this page periodically – the most recent prompts appear at the top.
Remember what Natalie Goldberg says about writing practice: Keep your hand moving. Write a dialogue between two people who have to share a seat on a plane and who are attracted to one another.
Once you’ve finished with Phase One, go through all your answers carefully, expanding on them by answering the corresponding questions in Phase Two. The word can reflect something you always thought needed a word or it can be a set of sounds that trigger your imagination. Do I enjoy it, how have my feelings for the activity changed?
If you find that those things you feel most passionate about are the ones you aren’t willing to share…don’t despair.