4/27 – Sometimes when I’m trying to get going and feeling uninspired, I grab a poetry book off my bookshelf, open to a random page, choose a line, and write off of that idea or image. Go find a book and do the same. Don’t have one? I’ll offer you this one from Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Selected Poems (IX):
“He woke in terror to a sky more bright
Than middle day; he heard the sick earth groan..”
4/28 – From Advanced Fiction instructor from Chris Belden:
Ashtray by Marcus Jackson
Filling with my mother’s smolderings,
this tawny, six-sided, three-pound glass dish
has sat forty years at the table’s center.
During lapses in labor or happiness
my mother smoked Merit after Merit, her mind
a crowded parlor of plans, self-hate,
and urgent glimpses of encounters long past.
She split the skin atop my father’s skull
once with this ashtray as he grabbed her.
Weekly, after she emptied and washed it, Friday’s light
entered the drafty sash and upheld this ashtray
as the crown of one woman’s quiet country.
Think of an object from your life. It doesn’t have to be a super important object—it can be small and seemingly inconsequential, but sometimes when we start writing about things that we still remember, they start to become more important to us. Describe the object, then tell us what you remember about it. See where this takes you.
4/29 – This is one of my favorites from my fiction class: Write about an historical event that has a different ending: the Challenger doesn’t blow up, we don’t land on the moon, the westward expansion never took place. What would life look like without these events? Maybe you’ll get a novel out of it…
4/30 – Seems I forgot to post on this day? Write about a time a character forgets…
5/1 – We made it to the end of another week. Choose one freewrite that you love from the past few weeks (almost months!) and do one of the following:
-Keep going (if you don’t know how to keep going- present another obstacle for your character, put them in more trouble)
-Send it out
*Finish it might mean finish the first draft. Share with a friend, your writing group, your workshop!
**Send it out could mean send it to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org to publish on our WWW blog! We are looking for stories and essays about living in this time.