Wednesday, May 6, 2009

May Mania ~ Stretch #6

We often hear we should write what we know. Tapping into your own experiences can be a great way to expose emotions through words. It can even be cathartic. Actors learn to do a similar thing in drama, to get in touch with some past experience to help one identify with their character and bring that same emotion to the surface. We can also do the same thing with written words.

Write the story and expose the emotions in one of your earliest memories: scary, funny, traumatic, warm. Work at recapturing the moment and build it into a full scene. You can narrate from the POV of someone else while you are just a character, even an unseen being, like an angel or a ghost, observing the scene. Write in first or third, whatever you're most comfortable wielding.

Everyone has experinces to share. Discover the untold story in one of your own.

~ Signing off and sending out cyber hugs.


  1. Interesting. I already did this in a post titled fever which is written from the perspective of the fever (personified as a ghost) without knowing anything about this being common or advised. It was just a fit of inspiration. Having written short stories and essays all my life I am finally working on a full length novel and was stuck which is where that post came from.

    Interesting blog. I love your photos and ideas.

  2. Thank you so much. I'm glad you found my blog. Good luck on writing your novel.

  3. Wow on that photo, Courtney. It looks like two angels sharing an ice cream. : )

    I'm loving this post series of yours. I've always been a pantser; however, these prompts are excellent springboards to getting work done.


  4. Thank you so much, Em. I know. That pic is soooo cute. I'm glad you're enjoying the series.

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