I’ve posted writing exercises before – on July 22 and August 10 and here are some more. The idea is to just pick a topic and write for 20-30 minutes; create a scene or write an essay, draft a short story and don’t think about it – just let it flow. These also come from the spam I’ve collected on this website.
Here are some topics that could make serious, action, or funny scenes.
1. Climbing Mt. Hood, 2. Plastic surgery, 3. Damage to my property, 4. How to get abs (wholesale or retail?) 5. Free bingo, 6. Photos of ghosts 7. Add-ons for your Weber grill, 8. Techniques to stop snoring 9. The least expensive places in Europe, 10. Bright teeth.
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For about 8 years, I belonged to a writing group and the meetings were always great fun. We didn’t usually read our own work but instead, we made up writing assignments, did them during the meeting, then read them aloud to each other and discussed the work. Writing quickly for a short period was wonderful practice – it taught me not to take the work so seriously and just have fun. The harder part was figuring out topics to write about for half an hour.
Well, if you are interested in trying this type of exercise, here are some topics. On July 22, I wrote a post filled with writing exercise topics that I had collected from the spam on my website. This list comes from the same place; I’m still cleaning the 20,000+ comments that I’ve received on this blog (before I realized that I had control over my ‘controls’) and there is a ton of hilarious spam.
The following topics will make good writing exercises. I think that they lend themselves to humorous scenes or essays but you may see them differently.
1. Belly button pain, 2. the dishwasher isn’t draining, 3. Disneyland coupons, 4. Jennifer Beal, 5. Brazilian waxing, 6. jobs in Jacksonville, 7. uses for diapers, 8. self-tanning, 9. pest control, and of course, 10. colon cleanse.
Have fun. I have more spam and will come up with more exercises next week.
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You don’t need a fabulous imagination to write. You only need to be a constant observer of the world around you. For instance, I’ve been so busy writing that I haven’t gone in to clean up the spam that has accumulated in my blog. for a long time, I was unaware of it and then I had to figure out the controls to keep it at bay. So, it left me going through each goofy spam comment and deleting them one at a time. At first I found it annoying but then I realized that some were pretty amazingly evocative.
My original point was to observe the world around you and treat it as writing material. Well, here are some delights from my spam – any one of these could make a great short story (or a terrific exercise for your writing group). Hugh Jackman Workout Routine, Taylor Lautner workout routine (imagine comparing the two), Chicken Coop Plans, Scholarships for Minorities, Left-handed Scholarships (is this a left-handed scholarship or is it for left-handed people?), Nova Scotia Tourism (a romantic short story), Kasper Petite Suits, London Escorts, Money To India, Police Car Auction (definitely a thriller), Evil Eye Bracelet and Rats As Pets. It make me a little sad to set the spam and ping back controls and have to say good by to all these offers.