First things first: the winners of last week’s post contest, “Harmony and Balance” can be found at Mia Musings. A big mahalo to everyone who entered — it was a lot of fun!
One of the best tools I’ve come across to jumpstart your writing is first lines. I was first introduced to it by Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones. It’s one of the first exercises, or free writes, that I use with my creative writing students.
If you’re a writer, I invite you to spend 3-5 minutes doing a first-line free write, right here. Or try it at home and tell me how it worked for you. Just choose the sentence you like the best, and start writing. It doesn’t matter if it’s true or fabricated (we’ll treat it all as fiction) …
My hair was too short.
We drove for hours.
She always took the largest piece.
His name was …
I could hear the ocean.
Mornings should not be so complex.
Keep your pen moving or your fingers typing; don’t stop to edit or think. Just remember to stop after 5 minutes. Part of what makes this work is the short burst of time in which you get to free write, to let it all hang out. It pushes the mind to focus, and also lets the mind know there’s a finite, easily achievable amount of time in which to write.
Feel free to email or post with any questions, or tell me what you do to help jumpstart your writing. Have a wonderful, wildly creative day!