Writing Topics

Last night each member of the Wednesday writing group was given two tiny play doh containers with the instructions to play with it without talking for ten minutes.  It could be an interesting sensory experience.  Taking us back to childhood maybe.  We start making snakes and balls and just squishing it in our hands.  But ten minutes is a long time to just observe play doh.  It wasn’t long before everyone was making stuff.  Uh-oh.  Melissa sat across from me and she’s real creative.  I started comparing my work to hers.  Stop that, Laura.

After ten minutes, still without talking, we walked around the tables looking at each writer’s creations,  then went back into our writing room.  (The one with a sofa and comfortable chairs.)  For ten minutes we wrote of our experience.  It was interesting to know what went on in our heads when we kept our mouths closed.

Then we tried a ten minute writing on a year of our choosing.  The most recent year chosen was 1996.  Maybe we’re not far enough away from some of the closer years to frame them in  a concise ten minute wrap up.  Maybe some of the details are still too close.  Julie Gold’s song “From a Distance” comes to mind.

Finally we did one last writing from the perspective of an animal in the zoo.  After sharing we stated the week’s intentions.  Many of us chose to continue to work on the ones from last week.

This morning I have new ideas as all this writing with others and blogging and intentions start to come together.  It’s like watching  a Polaroid picture develop.  Or a spider spinning its web.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by MelissaInk on August 20, 2010 at 9:19 pm08

    Oh, that moon flower is BEAUTIFUL 🙂

    I’m glad you think I’m creative. I just feel like a lazy slob.


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