Begin by drawing a half-dozen or so random squiggles distributed more-or-less evenly around the page. Choose a squiggle and add a few more marks to it. Fiddle around with it until some kind of face emerges. When you notice the face, add to it. Turn all of the squiggles into some kind of face. Skip around. Add some words to go with each face. A caption, perhaps. Or a … [Read more...] about From Squiggles to Faces
This is an exercise that helps you disorganize your thoughts, and connect them to something new. Write the letters of the alphabet down the left-hand side of the page. Next to each letter, write a word that begins with that letter, the first one that pops into your head. Return to the top and go back through your list. Next to each word write "reminds me of" and write … [Read more...] about Randomly Reminding
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