There is another experiment I’d like to try, and it concerns fiction and poetry.
On our daily run ins with work, church, meetings- life, we hear a lot. We hear frustrations in other’s voices. We hear people make plans. We hear someone crying, laughing, shouting.
Here’s an exercise to get your mind in the realm of writing and creating:(This may seem intrusive, but writers typically are)
- Pay attention this week to all that you hear. If you cannot hear, pay attention to all you see.
- Take notes on the pieces of conversations you hear. Listen to characters on television, maybe a song you hear playing in the street, whatever it is, take notes of what you hear in a notebook.
- Once you have your “audible pictures” take them and transfer them onto index cards or any blank card(s).
- Is there a pattern? Can you create a story or poem based off your exploration?
- Mix up the cards(conversations) and see what happens.
- For those who are concentrating on a fiction piece: How do you think the conversation began? Ended? Whats the subject matter? Poets can use this part too-Have fun with it!
As you know, I always participate in these exercises. I will be carrying my notebook with me as well and taking notes. I wonder what I will find. Let me know how it goes, writers!