“Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.” – E. L. Doctorow
What is your biggest regret? Go back in time and rewrite history. Rewrite that moment and create a short story that ends how you would have wanted it to. Write your own ending.
What are your results? Feel free to post in the comments.
“The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.” —Philip Roth
What do you think? Do you agree with Roth? Is the road to hell filled with works-in-progress?
For fifteen minutes, just write. Put your pen on a piece of paper and just write. Don’t think too much- there is no need for punctuation or correct spelling. Just write without stopping for the next fifteen minutes. Starting… now.
One of my favorite books is one that I read in high school (twice). I loved it so much that I made my mother read it despite the steamy sex scenes.
The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons is the first book in a series. At the time I just picked up the book from the bargain bin at Barnes and Noble with no idea that there were actually two more books in the series.
Set in Russia, The Bronze Horseman is a love saga during WWII. The book is a hefty 810 pages, but every page is worth it. Tatiana is just 17 when she meets Alexander, a soldier, and they are immediately drawn towards each other. The only problem is that Tatiana’s older sister, Dasha, is already dating Alexander. At times Tatiana is infuriating, but perhaps that is what makes the novel so interesting (at least to my high school self). However, the novel does have shortcomings (namely the flat characterization of the other characters in the novel besides Tatiana and Alexander).
If you enjoy historical romance novels and WWII, I would suggest reading The Bronze Horseman. And if you enjoy it, read the second installment, Tatiana and Alexander, and the third (which I haven’t read yet), The Summer Garden.
“We live and breathe words. …. It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them. Reading your words, what you wrote, how you were lonely sometimes and afraid, but always brave; the way you saw the world, its colors and textures and sounds, I felt–I felt the way you thought, hoped, felt, dreamt. I felt I was dreaming and thinking and feeling with you. I dreamed what you dreamed, wanted what you wanted–and then I realized that truly I just wanted you.” ― Cassandra Clare,
It is a new year. With a new year, there is new promise. Write about what you want to see in the coming year. What about this year is going to be different than the last year? What are you going to change? What are you going to do to become a better writer?
Feel free to post your response in the comments below.
This year I promised myself that I would write more. Being in grad school, it is kind of a given, but I hope that I will have time to write in my journal. Writing is how I center myself.
Here are a list a of journal prompts to help you write everyday in the month of January. Here’s hoping that 2016 is a great year!
- What do you want to happen in 2016 (your goals, wishes, plans)?
- What is your favorite memory of 2015?
- What are your big dreams for this year? For your life?
- What made you happy today?
- Who do you love spending time with?
- What does your perfect day look like? What are you doing?
- What compels you to write?
- What makes you feel creative?
- Make a list of 50 things you enjoy doing.
- What is on your list that you aren’t doing? Why?
- What drives you?
- What are you most excited about this year?
- What did you do last year that you are proud of?
- What skill do you wish you had?
- What adventures do you want to have this year?
- If you knew you couldn’t fail, what would you do?
- What is holding you back?
- What do you find essential in your life?
- What daily habit could you incorporate into your life?
- List 10 ways to relax after a hard day.
- What is your heart telling you to do today?
- List 5 things that you always worry about.
- Is there anyway that you can let those things go?
- If you had $15 to spend on yourself, what would you buy?
- What desires are you not attending to?
- How can you make your life better?
- What have you done this month that moves you closer towards your dreams for 2016?
- What are you lost without?
- What change do you want to see in yourself or in the world?
- What are you most looking forward to in the next few months?
- What do you want the new month to bring?