pail and shovel


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write something using one of the ideas I’ve discussed here…

share your own ideas for stimulating creativity…

have fun…

go wild!

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Play With the Other Monkeys (Interactive Stories)

Go Wild!


8 Responses to “READERS’ SANDBOX”

  1. 1 Ax August 9, 2009 at 1:20 am

    Don’t just plot your essays: suss the narrative AND emotional arc of them. Often I reverse-outline early drafts: where is the point of conflict? The possible patches? The point of insight where the final solution’s revealed? The climax? The denouement? What’s the takeaway message? Is it universal?

    Sometimes I’ll write my assessment on scraps of paper (action/emotion) and push ’em around the rug. Three- (well two-, really) dimensions help me escape the pixelated flatworlder headaches…

    • 2 stranglingmymuse August 13, 2009 at 3:51 pm

      Great advice! And I love putting together scraps of paper/index cards like puzzle pieces. Holding my words in my hands gives me a visceral pleasure that will never be possible on a computer.

  2. 3 47whitebuffalo August 28, 2009 at 10:26 am

    AW—now I WANT real sand and toys to play with. Lucky for me, I know where to find a lake and some sand–and hey, I can play with just my hands and whatever else is on the beach.
    waves & grins~~~

  3. 5 Susan @ 2KoP January 5, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Hey, Sandy. Did you read that Lisa Romeo is willing to send out free writing prompts every day in January to her blog readers? Here’s the link:

    • 6 stranglingmymuse January 6, 2010 at 10:32 pm

      Thanks for mentioning this offer, Susan! I’ve just posted about it so other readers who don’t check out these comments will hear about it too.

  4. 7 Anonymous November 15, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    If I planted my heart and watered it, a prickly-heart bush would grow.

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