Mar 8, 2012, 5:00 AM
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The Time Is Now, Week 10
The Time Is Now March 8, 2012
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|Welcome to this week's installment of The Time Is Now. And if you're looking for even more inspiration for your writing, check out Writers Recommend, our online exclusive where authors share books, art, music, writing prompts, |
films--anything and everything--that has inspired them in their writing.
During the next week collect images, photographs, small objects, lines of poetry that you've written, passages from other writers' work, snippets of conversations you overhear. Throughout the week put these things in a shoe box or something similar. At the end of the week, sit down and lay out each thing around you. Use the things you've collected as the ingredients for a poem.
Fill in the generalities with details and use the following to begin a scene for a story:
CHARACTER NAME sits at his/her desk in his/her office above Guiliani's Pizza on STREET NAME in CITY NAME. He/she leans down and removes his/her shoes, placing them neatly by the bookcase, then picks up the phone.
|CREATIVE NONFICTION PROMPT|
In her book A Field Guide to Getting Lost (Viking, 2005), Rebecca Solnit discusses the importance of allowing yourself to get lost--both in life and in writing--in order to become more fully conscious. The art of getting lost, she says, "is not one of forgetting but letting go. And when everything else is gone, you can be rich in loss." Write about a time when you got lost--physically, emotionally, spiritually, or otherwise--and how getting lost, and perhaps embracing that loss, resulted in something new being found.
|THE BEST BOOKS FOR WRITERS|
| Each week we recommend a book--a newly published title or an invaluable classic--that will help you on your writing journey. This week's pick: |
A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon: New (Soma)tics (Wave Books, 2012) by CAConrad
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