Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Nourishment for a Writer

"Everything can nourish the writer. The dictionary, a new word, a voyage...a talk on the street, a book, a phrase learned."~ Anais Nin

Writers discover ideas in unexpected ways. It involves observation and a few props, as Anis Nin writes.

Get going on a search for nourishment.

Begin with a dictionary and open it to five pages.  

Select words and let them collaborate.

Use the word, ceaphobia to start a paragraph. 

How many words could you create using letters in a different order. Try re-arranging AWESOME.  Write a poem 

Overhear a few bits of conversation.  Take them on a journey.

Grab the first book you have near and open to page 8. 

Copy out a paragraph and find its inspiration.

Write the first adage that comes to mind. Take it dancing.

Throughout the day make road signs into new sentences. Find out what speed bumps. Turn Stops into Starts. Who are the parents who raise crosswalks? Are their children angry?  Let humor in to play.

Find nourishment everywhere and write on.

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