I am really, really really excited about 2016. I don’t why exactly (don’t you hate that?), but trust me … some good things are coming down the pipeline. For all of us.
My writing and coaching students are always asking for quick and easy writing exercises to help open their creative floodgates. I’ve thought about it off and on, mostly off because it seemed kinda boring to just throw up a single sentence prompt when it’s so easy to find them online. There are tons of great free resources, and of course there’s always Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones which has jumpstarted many a writer over the years (including this one). I didn’t see how I could add anything new or fresh.
And then today I was journaling. I wrote a few sentences when I thought, Hey, wait a minute. Every page of my Moleskine journal has an image on one side so I can write on the other — I’ve been doing it this way for years. I find the images everywhere, mostly from magazines, and glue them in whenever I feel like it. Some make sense and some don’t, but all of them get you thinking.
So here’s my offering to you in 2016, whether you’re a “writer” or not. I’ll share the images from my real live Moleskine journal. Find a pad of paper, a favorite notebook, your laptop, your iPhone or Android. You can even jot your words in the comment section below. Give me ten minutes, and I’ll give you something to write about.
Darien’s Moleskine Writing Prompt – The Woman in the Green Dress
Look at the image and start writing. Don’t stop and don’t worry if it doesn’t make sense or if you veer off in another direction. Just keep your pen moving or your fingers tapping until 10 minutes are up.
Having problems getting started? Start with this: Who is she, and where is she going? Add a twist: Where is she coming from?