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From Pat Schneider’s Writing Alone and with Others

Posted on Sep 9, 2015. See more in Writing Promps

I will never forget sitting in Pat Schneider’s Amherst home, among the circle of writers gathered in her living room, and hearing her say: Travel back in your own life to some time before this time and find yourself on a city street. What is the quality of light? Is anyone near you, or are you alone? Stay there as long as you want. If something...

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Another Prompt from Writing Alone and with Others

Posted on Sep 9, 2015. See more in Writing Promps

Adapted from Pat Schneider’s Writing Alone and with Others –  p. 302-303 If you are writing alone, choose an object that has some meaning for you. Hold it in your hands (or, if it is too big, sit where you can see it) and begin your writing with a detail of that object. Describe your object in detail until something else occurs to you, then follow...

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From Annie Dillard

Posted on Sep 9, 2015. See more in Writing Promps

What would you begin writing if you knew you would die soon? List five ideas, thoughts. Let one beckon you. Write for 20 minutes. Tomorrow – another from that list. Or write the first piece again – finish it, polish it, share it.

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Lists can help!

Posted on Sep 9, 2015. See more in Writing Promps

Lists can often unlock us, break the writer’s block.  Short of time – write for only 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes. Number from one to ten on your page. List all the kitchens you remember. Now let one of them beckon you to tell a story. What happened there? (Include sight, sound, taste,...

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Clustering

Posted on Sep 9, 2015. See more in Writing Promps

I’m into “clustering” these days (see review on Writing the Natural Way under Good Books/Non-fiction). This is Gabriele Rico’s method of starting with one word or one phrase – circling it – and then spinning off whatever comes to mind, words, phrases, whatever. But each time you do, encircle the word and connect it to the word before it with a...

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