Good, or positive, feelings are just as important as the bad, or negative, ones in our writing. But even good feelings can be hard to control if they are very strong. Here’s a little practice in expressing what fills you with happiness and joy.
Write about a victory.
What happens when the unexpected hits? That’s what you need to unravel today as you set your timer for 10 minutes and write.
He woke up with the coil tattooed on his chest.
Take something ordinary and twist it into something extraordinary. Or unusual. Or even dangerous. That’s your task for today’s 10-minute exercise.
Tea, they said, is good for you, and I believed them.
It’s fun to blame someone else for a problem or difficulty. Here’s your chance to let it all out on paper. Set that timer for 10 minutes and put the onus all on him!
It was Caden’s fault, like always.
Even a cliche situation can lead to fun and original stories, when we let our imaginations run wild. See what you can do with this cliche situation… in 10 minutes.
She never should have gone into the attic.
For our writing to feel authentic, we need to delve deep inside our own lives. By accessing our own feelings, we can give our characters feelings readers will believe and empathize with. You’ve got 10 minutes for this one…
Write about a time you cried.
Here’s one for your imagination to chew on. Set that timer and let the words just flow and see where they take you. 10 minutes, everyone…
It will only happen if the phone rings twice.
Some openings immediately get our creative juices flowing. This is one like that. A hint of mystery, of danger, of who-knows-what, all in one short sentence. Where will you take it?
Jazzy watched her put it in the soup.
Flashbacks can add zest to your stories, and impart information not available in any other way. Here’s a prompt that leads easily into a flashback situation… if you choose to take it there. Time it for 10 minutes and write!
I was just a child when the old man died…
Writers need to be able to put emotion on the page. Emotion is what draws readers in. Sometimes, it’s hard to access our own emotions. This prompt will help you reach through to those emotions that may be too strong, too scary, too hard to reach, but that you need for your stories. Give yourself 10 minutes and let the words flow.
Write about losing a friend.