So, I thought I would write a post that features writing. I actually hope to be able to offer writing classes and workshops, here at DUO Education! Maybe this will end up being a great way to build interest and promote the idea. If you have any interest, ideas, questions, comments, etc. about me offering a writing class or workshop; please feel free to contact me! What kind of a writing class or workshop would you like? What would you like included? How would you like it delivered?
As a writer, sometimes the ideas just flow right out of me. There are days when I have no trouble coming up with ideas. Sometimes, I sit at the computer in front of the blank screen and don't know what to write. Writer's block hits us all!
Writers get over writer's block using various techniques. I will mention two of them here. The first one is what is called free writing. You just write. Even if you don't know what to write about, you write. Even if you have to write that you don't know what to write about, you write. The idea, is that eventually you will hit on something that will spark an idea. You might write something like:
"Ugh! I don't know what to write about. Why does the teacher make us do this? I don't understand how someone can tell us to write even if we don't have anything to write about. I don't feel like writing. This is stupid. Uh. I was called stupid once. I didn't like it at all. You see, it was..."
See? Even if you start not having anything to write about, sometimes you can write and write...and something touches in your mind that creates a seed of a wonderful writing idea; a story just waiting to be told. No, it doesn't always happen that fast. Although, sometimes it does!
The second way of getting over writer's block is to start with a writing prompt. That is when someone or something gives you a topic, a beginning, or an idea...and you run with it to see where it takes you. So, true to the poster at the top of the blog: It is writing prompt time!
Here is your prompt:
You went to bed last night thinking about Thanksgiving. And, you know that dreams can take you into some very strange places. During the night, you do dream. You find yourself in a new land. No... it isn't where you live now...somewhere completely different. It can be a real place, another country maybe, or a fantasy land. It may be a different time maybe... maybe in the past or in the future.... or in the present. Write about where you are. Name the place and describe it. What is the climate like? What do you see? What are the people like? What do you hear? What do you smell? They are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving there...but it is different. They have different traditions...different ways to show thankfulness. What is it like?
I would be happy to see parts or all of what you come up with in trying these writing strategies. If you would like to show me, please contact me to make arrangements. You can also connect with me (Jodi Desautels) on Facebook and make arrangements there. (Did you know that DUO Education is on Facebook too?
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*DUO Education does offer writing tutoring as well. Please visit the online tutoring services page and feel free to contact me for more information. Thank you!