February 21, 2013

Joyous and Scary Writing

By Annette Cole Mastron, Communications Director for Southern Writers Magazine

Does that blinking curser scare you? What about all that white background with no words? Super scared with a deadline looming? Take five. Get a cup of the beverage of your choice and feast your eyes on this joyous little fellow enjoying the surf.

Now write five minutes without stopping on that joyous feeling your latest character may experience. No editing or spell checking, just get words on paper. 

Okay, so if an ocean-frolicking baby pachyderm doesn’t bring a chuckle and inspiration, check out the scary momma elephant versus a gutsy crocodile. Now, with this scene firmly in your mind, write a heart pounding terrifying scene for one of your characters.

I suspect by now, you no longer will have a blinking curser on a blank page, but rather you will have several pages of very different scenes for your characters.  

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