Daily Prompt #6: Catharsis
Catharsis – the process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions.
It’s time to unleash any thoughts you have about the week or upcoming weekend.
Write for 7 minutes about anything you need to get off your chest. The goal is to write the entire time.
Before we start talking about writing goals, let’s talk about what you’re already good at as a writer. On a post-it note, put your name and 1-3 aspects of writing you feel you have strength in. We’ll brainstorm some ideas now to get you thinking.
Okay, now let’s talk about what want to improve upon: your writing goals for the semester. What are they? Why have them? How can you create useful ones?
Once you come up with them, write down your goals on the inside of your notebook cover, and be prepared to share one.
One of the best ways to get inspired to write is by reading the works of writers. Let’s talk about what it means to read like a writer.
Now, let’s practice this concept by analyzing the first lines of several books.
With the time remaining, write as many “first lines” as you can for potential stories, trying a few difference techniques (for example, describing setting, dialogue, sharing statistics, plot details).