May 17, 2012, 5:00 AM
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The Time Is Now, Week 20
The Time Is Now May 17, 2012
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|Welcome to this week's installment of The Time Is Now. Let's get writing...|
Make a list of commonly used phrases or idioms (e.g. "don't let the cat out of the bag," "beat a dead horse," "no strings attached"). Choose one or two and examine them closely, particularly their literal meaning. Write a poem in which at least one line attempts to reveal the strangeness of a commonly used idiom. Read Dora Malech' s "Love Poem" for inspiration.
Pick an overlooked, everyday object--a scarf, a carton of strawberries, a snow globe--and write eight different scenes or vignettes in which that object appears centrally. Have each scene take place in a different location and have the characters interact with the object in various ways.
Creative Nonfiction Prompt
Choose a topic that interests you--it could be an animal, a scientific process, or a historical event, for example--and research it. Next, think of an unrelated experience from your life--a particularly memorable moment from childhood, perhaps, or when a loved one passed away--and write an essay on the two subjects. Alternate between short paragraphs of factual reportage on the topic and brief, more lyrical vignettes about the remembered experience, with the end goal of finding a way to relate the two.
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: |
Journal of a Solitude (W.W. Norton, 1992) by May Sarton
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