Pocahontas’ body, lovely as a poplar, sweet as a red haw in November – Carl Sandburg
My dreams have always been strange and you know what they say about telling others about your dreams. (they’re only interesting to you)Anyhoo, in my dream I had an essay published in Oprah’s magazine and I was reading it out loud to someone. A poem I had written was referenced.The only line I can remember was Pocahontas sleeps. The essay was about finding extraordinary writing in everyday living. So I’m going to use that line it has a nice cadence, probably in a poem but it would also make a great opener for a short story…feel free to use my dream induced prompt. And yes I’m now working on a query for Oprah’s magazine.
Freewriting exercise. Gather all of your weekly 20 minute freewriting exercises and a highlighter. Go through each one, highlighting the brilliant lines and leaving the not so brilliant ramblings. After you’re done, take all of the highlighted lines and put them together into a new document. You might be surprised what you’ll find. Try to use this new material for a poem or a short story. Now get back to work!
An example of freewriting.
I won’t be back regularly blogging until Thursday, Las Vegas awaits.
The Writing Nag
I like the free writing. Is like an interior monologue. The real chain of thoughts.
That is one interesting exercise, definately seems as if it could improve everyone’s writing skills. Thanks for the comment on poeticmoney.