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Writing Prompts y Provocaciones Para Escribir

A giant thank you to all of the wonderful local writers who joined our Mountain of Words Write-In yesterday, and of course to everyone who contributed to support Asheville Writers in the Schools & Community’s work!  Your contributions will enable us to do so much, although we still have a ways to go to reach our goal – and it’s not to late to help out.

Even if you weren’t able to make it out to the write in, you can still take advantage of the bowl of writing prompts prepared especially for the event.  Go ahead and grab one, and write away!

  • Create an advertisement for yourself.  Be sure to highlight all of your greatest features! (You can also try writing a dictionary entry, recipe, or theme song for yourself…)  Crea un comercial de ti.  ¡Incluye a todas de tus características mejores!  (También puedes escribir una entrada de diccionario de ti, una receta para ti, una propaganda musical para ti…)
  • Choose an emotion, such as anger, fear, love, or surprise.  Write about it as if it were a physical thing.  What color is it?  What texture?  How does it sound and smell? Selecciona una emoción como el enojo, el miedo, el amor o la sorpresa.  Escribe sobre la emoción como si fuera algo físico.  ¿Qué color es?  ¿Qué textura?  ¿Cómo suena y huele?
  • Imagine you are walking through the park and you find an unmarked box.  Do you look inside?  What do you think is in it?  Fíjate que estés caminando por un parque y descubras a una caja sin escritura.  ¿La abras?  ¿Qué tenga a dentro?
  • Create a ‘How To’ manual for something for something that you cannot actually teach step-by-step.  For example, How to drive your big sister crazy, How to achieve world peace, etc.  Crea un manual de cómo hacer algo que no realmente puede explicar paso a paso.  Por ejemplo ‘Cómo enloquecerse a tu hermana mayor’ o ‘Como obtener paz mundial,’ etc.
  • Choose something that you feel strongly positively or negatively about.  Write about it as though you hate it.  Then, when you’ve written as much as you can, write about it as though you love it. Selecciona algo de que tienes emociones muy positivas o muy negativas.  Escribe de lo como si lo odias.  Luego cuando has escrito tanto que podrías, escribe de lo como si lo amas.-from “Writing Down the Bones,” by Natalie Goldberg
  • You have been given the opportunity to create a new holiday.  What does it celebrate?  Who celebrates it?  When?  Where?  And most importantly, how?  Tienes la oportunidad para crear un feriado nuevo.  ¿Qué celebra?  ¿Quién lo celebra?  ¿Dónde?  ¿Cuándo?  Y, más importante ¿cómo se lo celebra?

Happy Writing!

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I Am (however unfortunately) A Mountain

Writing is a way to share our perceptions of the world around us.  It pushes us to relate to people and our environment in new ways, discover connections between things, imagine ourselves in someone (or something) else’s shoes.  A writer’s world is woven from a fabric of stories.

Whether or not you think of yourself as a writer, you can think like a writer.  Here are a couple of “writer’s goggles” activities to help you turn on your writer’s perspective.

It's impossible not to look good in writer's goggles.

It’s impossible not to look good in writer’s goggles.

-Choose an inanimate object in your home.  Try to really get a feel of what it would be like to be that object if it were sentient.  Get your eyes right beside it and see what its world looks like, whether it’s perspective is from your bedroom floor or inside your Tupperware drawer.  Even go so far as pretending to be that object – if you are a washing machine, get your hands in some soapy water or spin around for a while; if you are a bath mat, lay on the floor and ask someone to (carefully!) step on your back.  Then write a “Day in the life” story from your object’s point of view, including not only what it does during the day, but what it perceives and how it feels.

-Tap into your senses.  Whether you are sitting at your all too familiar desk or take the opportunity to go somewhere new – a park, a busy coffee shop, an art museum – take a few minutes to observe, listen, smell, feel, even taste the air around you.  Try not to think during this time, just notice.  Then take a few minutes to write down what you noticed.  Finally, take some time to reflect on your experience.  How do you feel?  Why do you think your surroundings sound or smell that way?  Can you make any assumptions from what you saw?  Did it illicit any memories or inspire stories?  Can you turn your observations and reflections into a poem?

-Give yourself a metaphor.  Write a list of characteristics you have.  What kind of food shares one of those qualities?  What sort of building?  Animal?  Plant?  Geographic feature?  Did any of those connections surprise you?

Blue Ridge Mtns

The mountains are not only great for metaphors, but also a solid reminder of the old plot triangle!

Back to work after a weekend of backpacking the Blue Ridges, I discovered that writers must be mountains.   Our heads in the clouds, seeing the world from a different angle – this is the glorified pinnacle of being a writer.  This is where I wanted to stay, with my troubles down in the valley and my imagination rampant as rhododendron.  But the peak is just a tiny portion of the mountain.  To be a writer, one has to have a strong base.  We must be down to earth in researching our stories, our agents, and our editors; grounded in revision.  We have to stand firm against rejection letters eroding away our lofty thinking.  It makes being a soft, sandy beach or a gently cascading river sound appealing.  But every time I am back at my summit, I remember how lucky  I am to be a mountain.

 

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