Prompt Number Two
- Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
- Duration: Aim to write for at least 30 minutes.
Look at the photograph, and then read this sentence: "Reggie snipped the last daisy from Ms. Ontonagon's garden." Now, continue the thought using the questions below to help guide you."
-Why did Reggie snip the last daisy?
-What's Reggie's relationship with Ms. Ontonagon?
-Where will that daisy end up?
Look at the photograph. Imagine a bee landing in the center of that daisy. Imagine pollen attaching itself to that bee's wings. And then picture that bee flying off, and flying, and flying, and flying - what's the bee flying over? Suburbia? A water source? Meadows?
Fact to Know
- According to the latest report from Bowker, the number of authors opting to self-publish saw a growth rate of 21% from 2014 to 2015. And ISBN registrations? Those have surged 375% in sales since 2010. Which means that authors may be buying ISBNs in bundles of five, ten, or twenty, and that, more importantly, the self-publishing train ain't stoppin' soon.
From the article: "But I finished my book as a bookseller, in a store that stayed open as protestors lay down in the intersection outside our door and pretended to die, a store that stayed open as police growled up in riot control vehicles and stepped over the protesters’ bodies, picking out people to arrest. I’m a writer who spends her days in a store who sees many of those same protestors as customers, whose customers are looking for people to talk to and books to read and anything to help them see or be seen, to have their assumptions disrupted or their instincts honed."
And One Book...
So The Idea Writers by Theresa Iezzi book isn't about literature. But it is about being a better writer, and not just for the readers in your local workshop. No, Iezzi sheds light upon the ways that today's most innovative copywriters reach the masses - something today's creative writer needs to know in order for their work to be successful. Beyond that, one can also glean advice on how best to approach the creative process, particularly when under pressure.
The most important thing this book teaches you, though, is how to start thinking big picture. Because it isn't just about the words anymore - writing is entirely about positioning.
Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters
From their website: "Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters (GLCL) is a non-profit Writers' Center dedicated to encouraging, promoting, and celebrating the craft of writing, the endeavors of writers, and the importance of the literary arts in the communities of the Great Lakes region. Founded in 2013 and headquartered in the heart of beautiful and historic Grand Rapids, Michigan, GLCL offers reading series, craft talks, classes and workshops, Great Lakes author book launches, teen and young adult programming, writing contests, consultations with professional regional writers, and much more."
A Random Suggestion
Do more than swap the keyboard and screen for a notepad and pen the next time you write - take your pen and notepad and, assuming there's space, crawl beneath your desk. If there isn't space beneath your desk, go beneath your dining room table. If there isn't space beneath your dining room table... well, you get the point.
Best case scenario: the discomfort that comes with changing up your routine impacts the words you put to paper that day.
Worst case scenario: you appreciate your routine that much more, and opt to remain rooted in it.