What does the word open mean? Think about the many ways we use it: You can open a present, an app, a spigot or a conversation. There are open letters, open minds, open houses and open seating. Sometimes you need a key to open something, and some things open whether you want them to or not. Does anything open when you heal or grow? What about when time … [Read more...] about What’s Open?
When you have a writing practice, your goal is to fill a page. Once the page is full, your mind keeps working with it, even if you never give it another conscious thought. Begin today's page by drawing a half-dozen or so random squiggles scattered evenly across the page. Look at each one. If it reminds you of something (a person, a cow, a microbe...) add to it. Draw more … [Read more...] about Start With Squiggles
Imagine yourself with the wealth and power to bestow any kind of gift on anyone or anything. Write about what you would give and to whom. Include other details if you like, such as why you are giving this gift or how the recipient is likely to react (if at all). Perhaps there is history or backstory. Maybe the gift will cause a dramatic change. It could be the type of gift … [Read more...] about Oh the Gifts!
Before you begin to write, allow your mind to wander over the many different ways the word ground can pop up in everyday conversation. The word ground appears in many expressions. One can break, give, or stand ground. Things can be ground in, ground out, or run into the ground. There are groundswells, ground rules, and shifting grounds. Let your mind relax and repeat the … [Read more...] about Your Ground
Begin by drawing about a half-dozen circles spaced randomly over your page. Make the circles about two inches in diameter. Inside each circle, draw a letter. Any letter. You can choose letters that spell out a word, but you don't have to. Decorate the letter inside each circle. Make them all ornate. Then begin to write. Tell a story from your day, your week or your life. … [Read more...] about Letters Looming Large