On Saturday I attended my WRW chapter meeting, and our guest was author Barbara Samuel. During a session on understanding and uncovering your voice, she had us do several impromptu, timed writing sessions, no editing allowed.
What an eye opener. The goal was to help us understand that how we each approach the same topic is what makes us unique, and is the product of our voice.
We wrote about our lives at different ages (7, 12, 18). I loved finding that no matter the focus of the writing, my theme was a match for what those ages often represent. The early foundations of who we are at seven, the feeling of not fitting in at twelve, learning to be independent from our parents around eighteen.
The other thing that struck me was how much I could produce in four short minutes. Somewhere in the range of 150-200 words. Wow! If I could do that on my WIP, I’d be going a smoking 2-3000 wpm. I could write for an hour and call it a day without the slightest guilt.
My plan is to use this type of exercise any time I feel bogged down in my MS. Just to grease the skids, so to speak. Pick a topic or random photo and go.
Maybe it’ll put the editor back in her box and limber up my creative brain again.
Hmmm. “When I was fifteen…”
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