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Writing Exercise: Fear

There are a lot of ways to interpret today’s exercise. You can go the Halloween route if you choose, or respond to the horrors of recent news headlines, imagine yourself the victim of a hurricane (or if you are one, recount your experience). Whatever you write about, today I want you to write about fear.… Continue reading Writing Exercise: Fear

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Writing Exercise: The Second Person

Have you ever written in the second person? (By which I mean the narrative addresses some sort of “you.”) It’s not a particularly popular style but there are some good examples of it out there. Cherry by Mary Karr is an entire memoir written in the second person. Self-Help by Lorrie Moore uses the second… Continue reading Writing Exercise: The Second Person

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Writing Exercise: A Rose by Any Other Name

Do you know anyone named Rose? First name or last name. A dog, a cat–anyone? What about famous people–Charlie Rose, for example. Or Rosemary Clooney. Or someone who just reminds you of roses. Well, I had a first grade teacher named Mrs. Rose. Come to think of it, I have no idea what her first… Continue reading Writing Exercise: A Rose by Any Other Name

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Writing Exercise: The First Face You See

Where do you write? Do you have pictures on the walls? Windows? Is it a coffee house where you escape the noise and chaos of home? Are you alone or are there people? When you look up from this blog post, whose is the first face you see? Make a note of it. Because that’s… Continue reading Writing Exercise: The First Face You See