5/4 – Inspired by Natalie Goldberg’s WRITING DOWN THE BONES: Find something to study “in front of your nose”. Find something on your street, your property, your block, or your town and write about it as specifically as possible. What’s the name of that tree you love (Japanese Maple? Oak?) That flower (Peonie, Bleeding Heart)? Who is that statue dedicated to? Begin with the description, add sensory details and see where this takes you!
5/5 – From Karen Bender: Write about what you were afraid of when you went to sleep as a child.
Use this to start an essay or apply it to a character you are already developing…
5/6 – From Laurie Alberts’s wonderful craft book, Showing & Telling: Write a short scene in which a parent and young or adult child return to the parent’s childhood home. The first time you write it make the scene occur in the winter, in the early evening. Then rewrite the scene in the morning, mid-summer. Consider the way time and setting affect the mood and tone of the two versions.
5/7 – Since we just announced our fundraising event with Dani Shapiro on June 9th, today we’re thinking about families and histories. How did you make parenting difficult for your parents? Apply this to a character if you’re writing fiction.
5/8 – From John Gardner’s The Art of Fiction: Using all you know, write a short story about an animal–for instance, a cow.