Month: January 2014

RUST REMOVAL DAY 2

RUST REMOVAL CONTINUES:   DAY 2 WRITING EXERCISE

Last week was fun, creating titles for books/articles/etc. I’d like to write.  What i wanted to do was create spontaneously, first thing to come to mind.  Not spend anytime formatting or editing.  Main  goal was simply moving the thoughts from brain to “paper.”  The whole point of the exercise is to get the creative juices going.

So here’s the next one:

DAY 2:

Create a character with personality traits of someone you love, but the physical characteristics of someone you don’t care for.

Glad they didn’t use Hate.    The remaining vestiges of the Christian in me IS not (supposed to be) comfortable with hate, but, gee,  I can do this using the phrase “don’t care for” as an excuse (yea, I know, can’t fool God)

So as I begin to think of two people on opposite ends of my affection scale I discover  that a huge part of me absolutely refuses to mix the two.  Sad to say, I’m struggling separating hate from “don’t care about.”  Hate’s running pretty strong at this moment in my life – that is, it generates the stronger emotion much, much more easily. I can’t talk about my grandmother while giving her the features of the most “not care for” person in my life: a former co-worker whom I will not speak to ever again,  even at gunpoint.  Biggest joke in office during that time was the teasing I got about showing up at her retirement luncheon.

Did not go!!!

Everybody has limits, she stomped over mine!!

SEE!!! Now I’m all pissed off again!!!  😡

And I don’t want to put this on those I Iove.

Wow! Suddenly this exercise isn’t the piece of cake like I thought it would be.  I can’t separate the personality of the bad from their physical makeup.  Nope, nope, and no.. can’t do it!

Damn if this isn’t turning into a psychological exercise.  Couch time, free of charge.  Hmmmm…   post this, and then regroup.  The only spontaneous thing that’s happening is mental combustion!

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12-DAY RUST REMOVAL

OK, I haven’t stopped writing at least something every chance I get. It’s the posting.  I feel I have to “blog with a purpose” but I keep forgetting this is MY blog and I can write whatever the heck I want, dammit.  I’m supposed to be capturing and sharing my growth.

Alrighty then, a nice little exercise to wake up my Muse, courtesy Writer’s Digest.  They have a good idea to kickstart the new year:

A 12-Day Plan of Simple Writing Exercises

Ahhhh, a loophole the lazy/busy part of me can manipulate – they didn’t say consecutive days. Still, a good way to get the posting rust removed.

So no more thinking, plotting, wondering. Let ‘er rip!

Day 1:  Write 10 potential book titles of books you’d like to write.

I know my heart leans more towards magazine articles, and the true ones I have in mind  I think I’ll keep in the safe.  But in the spirit of the exercise, here are articles, essays, and maybe books I’d write:

  1.  Whiskey, Women, and Prison Time: Country Singer or Rapper?
  2. The Untold Stories of African-Americans and WWII Espionage
  3. The Making of “Me”
  4. When You Can’t Catch a Break
  5. Proving You’re Saved
  6. Power Couple
  7. Three Chains and a Cane: The Story of the World’s Oldest Rapper
  8. The 21st Century Prophets: Street Preachers
  9. The First Inventor: The First Person Who Discovered How to Create Fire
  10. Paths Not Taken

Hey, that was fun !

Whaddya think?  Which should I tackle first?

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