Tag Archive: Writing Exercises

Apr 22

Alternate Lives

What am I doing in my alternate lives? I’m a ballet dancer. I have the naturally thin build and the determination to perfect. I love classical music, although I know ballet doesn’t always have to be classic. I like the idea of having a strong body and moving beautifully. I’m a gymnast. When I was …

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Oct 13

The Del Mar Fair

Try this: Ask your muse what she wants to write about today. Then write. My muse wants me to write about the Del Mar Fair. ~ ~ ~ Once upon a time, the San Diego Fair was called the Del Mar Fair. Because it was located in Del Mar. Makes sense, right? I’m not quite …

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Oct 09

Secret Lies

Try this writing exercise from Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg: Take a poetry book (or look online). Open to any page, grab a line, write it down, and continue from there. Every time you get stuck, just rewrite your line and keep going. My attempt is from Maya Angelou’s poem, Phenomenal Woman. Pretty …

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Sep 26

Beachcombers

I remember walks on the beach with my dad. The tide was always lowest in the early morning. The ocean receded to expose a trove of treasures strewn across the wet sand. I carried my plastic sand bucket in hand, ready for my collections. I ran ahead, almost getting lost in the marine layer mist, …

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Sep 19

Good Luck

Jimmy found a weathered penny lying on the ground, face up. “See a penny, Pick it up, All that day You’ll have good luck.” He was a superstitious kind of guy, so he stooped, took the penny in his hand, and slipped it in his pocket. It had been a long time since Jimmy had …

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Sep 08

Loved Moment Talked Some to Eyes!

Hand and Nib Pen Stock 2 by austringer on deviantART   Try this writing exercise with me, from Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. Take one of your most boring pieces of writing. Choose three or four consecutive sentences and write them at the top of the page. “You would think they would hesitate …

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