Write about something by writing about what it isn't. You can choose to write about an object you can see or remember. You can write about an action or activity. You could write about a concept such as faith, confusion, or resentment. Pick one thing for a topic. Then fill a page by describing what it's not. As you begin, your thoughts might feel tangled. That's because … [Read more...] about What It’s Not
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