I felt like trying something new today.
I’ve been lazy with posts this April, mostly because any writing at all just seemed like extra work. I figured that extra work was not something I needed when studying for exams, rehearsing for a drama performance, and dealing with the rest of life. It seemed like a decent-enough excuse to me.
This morning I awoke with the thought ‘Hey, since when did writing become work?’
Answer: When it stopped being fun.
I started writing stories in the first place because it was fun. For the most part, I think everyone does. We’re well known for only doing things that eventually provide a reward in the form of a dopamine rush.
But when life gets busy or the pressure to succeed mounts up, we lose sight of the fun.
So to undo this knot of writing stress, let me introduce you to my favorite writing game/prompt:
The rules: Write the supplied sentence/sentence fragment at the top of your page (computer, notebook, etc. Whatever you prefer) set a timer to 10 minutes and start writing whatever you think would follow that first sentence.
Water laps against the walls.
After you try this out, you can find what I wrote by clicking here (because comparing everyone’s different ideas is the best bit!). I fixed some of the punctuation and spelling to make it easier to read, but this is about fun, not editing.
And here’s what my amazing little sister wrote (she also supplied the sentence).
If you’re really feeling brave, you can post what you’ve written in the comments because, as I said, comparing our unique takes on the sentence is the best part.
Have fun with the writing!