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|Two of the six TeachingAuthors in our corporate headquarters. |
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Today, to complete the trifecta, Barney is graciously sharing a Wednesday Writing Workout with us. Take it away, Barney!
|This is Barney (with friends). He's the cutest one.|
I call it, Utter Expression Without Consequence. Here's the prompt:
Write to someone and really let them know how you feel. It’s a chance to get anything and everything off your chest. It could be that you secretly are in love with someone. You could despise someone. Maybe a boss is constantly picking on you and you haven’t opened you mouth to complain. Now's your chance!
It can be in the form of a letter, or even a list.
|Choose your blackest crayon.|
What I find is that this prompt helps shape a character. Ultimately, I hope this exercise lets the writer get into the head of a character who has a lot weighing on them. It's a step towards shaping a character. Our job is to know who we are writing about, even if some of the background research we write never makes it into our story. It just makes it so our characters appear to be writing the story for us when situations arise, because we know them so well.
Have fun with this--dive in!
I wish I had something brilliant to tell you as far as how this writing prompt helped make a story. I can say that time and time again, I saw how it empowered people. Students who were struggling to find their voice finally had a sense of what that looked and felt like.
C'mon...tell them how you feel!
Thank you, Barney! And readers ~ tell us how you really feel!
posted loudly and proudly by April Halprin Wayland