The air is filled with trying news this week. The world flows with a tide of good and bad, yet there are some weeks that challenge us as humans . . . and challenge our writing practice. This week, I thought I would share a few writing prompts I use when writing feels difficult:
1) Write to a timer. Write for three minutes. Write for five minutes. Pick your increments. Don’t worry about what to write. Just write. Focusing on the muscle memory of writing can open up the flow.
2) Pick a thing of beauty and write about it. Your subject might be a flower, the experience of reading an email from a friend, the memory of time spent with a loved one, or a child you see on the street. How many sensory details can you gather? How did you feel? What else was going on when you came across your subject? How did the subject lift you out of the ordinary?
3) Allow yourself to write about trying events. Your writing might take the form of an op-ed piece, a letter to someone you know, a journal entry, or an essay. Once you’ve written the piece, put it aside for a day. When you look at your writing the next day, decide whether you’d like to shape it further or move past it.
Use the momentum of the exercises to propel you into a current writing project and keep you focused on your writing goals.