Unlock the Muse – August 15, 2018

I baked a blackberry pie tonight with my son. It was the perfect end of summer activity – turning a summer bounty into a delicious treat. And now the season is coming rapidly to a close. As we head into fall, and send the kiddos back to school, it’s time to rein in the wild abandon of summer and once more adopt a more disciplined approach to writing.

Inspire
Here is your writing prompt for this week:

Your character has been kidnapped and is being held in a small room. Describe how he gets out using any of the following items found in the room: a black plastic comb, a stone, a rusty nail or a beer bottle cap.

Where will you go with this scene? This is your chance to be truly diabolical with your favorite character. Or will it be a humorous episode? Be clever, be creative and have fun!

Encourage
I’ve finally picked up a new writing craft book. I chose Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott as I’ve been wanting to read this for some time. I am assured by the Seattle Times on the back cover of this book that it is “a gift to all of us mortals who write or ever wanted to write…sidesplittingly funny, patiently wise and alternately cranky and kind—a reveille to get off our duffs and start writing now, while we still can.”

Lamott opens her book with these words:

The very first thing I tell my new students on the first day of a workshop is that good writing is about telling the truth.

So there it is. Tell the truth. Your truth. The truth you lived as a child. The truth you witness every day, at the coffee shop, at work, at home. The the truth of the world around you – about you, your neighbor, the boy behind the mini-mart counter. The truth as only you can see it.

Equip
This week’s vocabulary word is:

cre·ate
v.
To bring (something) into existence.

According to etymoline.com, the origin of the word create is:

to bring into being,” early 15c, from Latin creatus, past participle of creare “to make, bring forth, produce, procreate, beget, cause,” related to Ceres and to crescere “arise, be born, increase, grow. De Vaan writes that the original meaning of creare “was ‘to make grow’, which can still be found in older texts.”

Happy writing!

Please consider sharing your response to the writing exercise. Got a question? Just ask!

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