Begin with a short description of something small. It can be an object, an action, or even an idea. Something in your immediate environment, something remembered, or something entirely imaginary. Then zoom away from the small thing and describe the bigger picture in which it sits. Begin with the phrase, "In the bigger picture..." Then zoom again and describe what's in an … [Read more...] about The Bigger Picture
Divide your page into four equal spaces by drawing a horizontal line across the middle of the page and a vertical line down the center. Label 3 of the spaces Plant, Animal, and Thing. You will write about a plant in the Plant space, an animal in the Animal space and an inanimate object in the Thing space. Try not to plan. Drain your mind until it's empty then write about … [Read more...] about In One Place
Imagine that you are staying in a splendid vacation spot. Someplace with the best amenities and services. Imagine also that you have a friend who didn't want to come with you. Write a letter to that friend telling them how wonderful this Grand Hotel is. Make it sound so wonderful that they will be sorry they didn't accompany you. The only constraint: every detail that you … [Read more...] about A Letter from the Grand Hotel
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!
Is it long or short? You could be asking about a distance. You could be asking about time. You could be asking about a story. Whether something is long or short depends on the context and on a person's perspective. Today, search your surroundings, your memory and your imagination for things that you--or someone--could consider to be both long and short. Write about one of … [Read more...] about The Long and the Short of It