Ahhhh….the quiet of the morning when the kids are off at school. If you know such a joy, just one word: enjoy it.
Today’s prompt is about misty fall mornings. I want you to write a scene where you concentrate on describing a misty fall morning. How does the weather make the people in the scene feel? Use all the senses — smell, sight, sound, taste, and touch. What kind of emotion does it stir up? Does it make them feel safe and secure (many a pluviophile in this group knows what I mean)? Apprehensive? Melancholy? How does the emotion spur the character(s) actions? When you’re done you should have a good 500 words — maybe more.
Don’t forget, workshop is next week — Sept. 17th at 10:30 a.m. until noon at the North Bend Library’s meeting room. Be there, or be stalled in your work. 😉
Now your moment of Writing Zen:
“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” ~ Ashley Smith
Well, at least it’s raining at the ol’ Thrasher Studios Homestead. Maybe you have some autumn sun? At any rate, if you’re like many writers, the cooler temps and shorter days send you inside to create stories more often. That’s why on Saturday we reviewed the 7 basics of a writing education. The things you should be doing to give your literary life a good foundation.
Upcoming workshops include:
October 18: Poetry is Not a Luxury
November 15: Where to Submit your Work (Note, in our workshop, I mistakenly said November 22. That’s incorrect. The third Saturday for November is actually the 15th.)
December 20: Blog to the World
There’s been questions about whether or not we’ll keep this Saturday schedule. The answer is: Yes, for the foreseeable future.
Today’s prompt is to get you ready for our next workshop. I want you to go check your bookshelves, your e-reader, the library — wherever literary sources are available to you, and find a book of poetry. It doesn’t have to be anything specific. It doesn’t have to be sonnets. It can be anything. There’s tons out there. You could pick up McSweeneys or ZoeTrope All Story. Heck, grab your kid’s Dr. Seuss book, if need be. Do, however, go out of your comfort zone. Find something new. Find your alma mater’s literary magazine and check that out. Then read it. Study it. Really examine it. Journal about it. Find the meaning between the lines and words and the white space. Breathe it for the next month or so. Keep picking it up. Memorize it if you like. Learn it. Know it.