Friday, February 4, 2011

Jumping Off Places

New Series for Fridays! Jumping Off Places (for your writing, that is!) Sometimes, we all need a place, a reason to just 'jump right in!' I want to provide a list, on Friday's, for us to Jump Start our writing skills. I will provide first lines, you "jump right in" and try your hand at creative writing! Any exercise of your writing will help you improve your creative thought processes, inspire you and others who read your piece, and it might be a significant discipline in creativity! Here's how it works: 1) First Lines provided here. 2) Write a post in your blog using the first line of your choice. It doesn't have to be long, just a few thoughts or a paragraph. Anything. Who knows, it could become a story! 3) Take your time--One Week--then come back next Friday and link in--listing the URL of your post! 4) We'll read each other's work and Enjoy!

Today's FIRST LINES: 1. A pencil, a tape measure, and a stack of old newspapers sat on the conference table as we entered. 2. A calender is a funny thing, with it's blank spaces and numbered days. 3. Remembering vanilla being her favorite ice cream flavor as a second grader, Amy wondered why her taste had been so unadventurous. 4. My eye was caught by a book on the shelf, pushed back from the others with a tattered orange dust jacket and white letters. 5. I watched the wind in the tree tops and thought . . . Now . . . . . . . Go For IT! Be sure to come back on February 11th and leave the link to your post!

8 comments:

myminimocs said...

i'll give it a go...
i will be leaving for the weekend next friday so when i'm finished i'll come back and attach it here in this post...will that be okay?

Marlene said...

This sounds interesting. I am not a writer and it has always been a struggle for me, maybe I will give it a go and see what happens.

Linda Pruitt said...

Mymimimocs- That will be OK! This should be fun!

Marlene- Yay! It will be a fun experiment! Looking forward to it! BTW--I missed last week's Sunday Sketch but have one ready for this week!

I'm not sure which sentence I will use, but I'll pick one too!

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storybeader said...

Don't know if I'll have time, but this is a great idea! Sorta what we do with art journaling. {:-D

Erika said...

This sounds like a great idea! They are already making my head swim with ideas.

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

What a fun project! I'll be interested to see what everyone comes up with next week :)

myminimocs said...

hi there... this was a fun project, i choose "First Line #2"


A calendar is a funny thing with its blank spaces and numbered days. For most people a calendar will remain untouched for the entire year. For me a calendar is a magical place, a place where things happen. My beloved Daddy taught me this from the time I was a young girl. The lesson was given each time the phone would ring, my father answered saying, “Architectural Illustrators” and before the call ended out would come the large sharpie marker and he would begin to write on giant blank calendar pages. His hand would drop to lower the receiver back to its resting place on the phone base and he would turn to me, smile and say, “I’ve got another tight deadline, but we’ll get it done won’t we sweetheart?” I was only 6 years of age but I knew that all those boldly written words that filled in the once blank spaces of my Daddy’s calendar meant magic was happening. His business thrived for 50 plus years. He never stopped using that perfect scheduling tool of his and he never missed a deadline. We worked together side by side for 28 years until he retired.