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Exercise Wednesday: What’s in the peas

October 17, 2012

This week, we’re using a writing prompt from the lovely and talented Jamie Morris, who loves helping writers so much that she will be up at 7 am Saturday and Sunday mornings helping us with prose prompts. Like the fabulous Peggy Miller last week, she has graced us with a prompt this week. (And she’s wayyyyyyyyyyy better than I am at this.)

A writing “prompt” or “trigger” is a starting place for a piece of writing that comes at the writer from an external source. It could be a suggestion that comes from a book or a teacher or something that startles your inner writer into taking notice–and notes! Wherever a prompt comes from, the purpose of writing from that impulse is to help you try an approach you’re unlikely to find on your own.

In this way, writing to a prompt is like leaping from an airplane and hoping the chute will open–fast! Without the wind-up of your conscious mind, you plunge your writer-self into unplotted creative territory and hope that it will catch hold of an updraft and soar. (Okay, so maybe a more apt simile would be to hang-gliding. Whatever, here is a chance to just leap! See just how far can you free-fly.)


You (or a character you’re writing about) reach into the freezer for a bag of frozen peas and find, instead, a ___________ that you (or your character) SWEAR you never saw before, and certainly don’t remember putting in the freezer. Thing is, now that you’ve got it in your hand, you must put it to the use it was intended for–never mind the consequences. (Make sure to include those consequences–the more far-reaching, the better.)

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3 Comments
  1. October 18, 2012 10:16 pm

    Nice pea-pic. Pea-picking. Peter Pepper picking a peck of ’em. Pickled ones. Ha!!

  2. January 19, 2013 6:19 am

    Hi there this is kinda of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have
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  3. Chris Hamilton permalink
    January 19, 2013 7:43 am

    All you do is enter stuff, like in a word processor. WordPress does all the work under the covers.

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