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Is there a character or a situation worth pursuing farther? Another variation of this exercise is to create your own word list, listing only words that in some way are significant to you as a person. Then, use this list as your jumping off place, following the same rules as those given above.
Recollections Write some memoirs about a favorite teacher.
Celebration Write about a special birthday. Reinvention Write about an incident in your past that you would like a chance to relive and do differently.
Suspense Write in any form poetry, drama, short story, nonfiction, memoir, etc. Write a paragraph or story about noise. Then, write the other side of the coin: Put on a piece of music and write where it takes you.
Comment on a newspaper or T. What do you see? How do you feel? Make up a word and tell us what it means.
Use it in a sentence, a story, a scene. The word can reflect something you always thought needed a word or it can be a set of sounds that trigger your imagination. Try it as a verb, an adverb, or a noun.
Questions you might ask and answer: Why do I still do whatever it is? Do I enjoy it, how have my feelings for the activity changed? Have I passed this on to my children?
Explore the then and now. Look at a picture. What is the secret hidden in the picture? Explore it, push the characters until they reveal the secret knowledge, power, or pain that they conceal.
Write a story about a person turning eighty. Write a dialogue between two people who have to share a seat on a plane and who are attracted to one another. Introduce an obstacle to the smooth sailing of this attraction.
Make the reader experience it without you telling them what is going on.
Choose one aspect of the natural world that you feel has something to teach you. What specific quality does it express that speaks to you about your own life? Cluster your thoughts and shape them into a poem.Quick Nonfiction Writing Activities That Really Work!: 64 Engaging Reproducible Activities That Help Students Develop Strong Topics, Organize Information, and Present Their Ideas Effectively Paperback – August 1, by Marc Tyler Nobleman (Author) › Visit Amazon's Marc Tyler Nobleman Page.
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