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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Journal With Impact: Travel Brainstorms Part Two

Workshop: Six Conversations for Writing Creative Journals

“Location pertains to feeling; feeling profoundly pertains to place; place in history partakes of feeling, as feeling about history partakes of place.”        Eudora Welty

Brainstorm Fiction Prompts Part Two  

List: Make a list. Set timer if you want. Minimum two minutes, but I suggest five.

Exercise three: List ten to twenty cities you have visited that you absolutely loved, or would love to visit again if you had the chance. (Can also repeat for hated too.)

Go back through the list and next to each city write one word that captures that city’s memory for you—why you love it. Architecture, food, felt free, fell in love, etc.

Scratch List: Make a few categories and combine common factors under each.

Exercise four: Look at your city list so far and see if there are any common factors. Separate accordingly. Does one category contain many and another a few? Why? Make a note of what makes two favorite cites land in different categories.

Share: How many creative breaks were you able to add into your week?

Questions: Who, what, when, where, why, and how.

Exercise five: Go back to your free-write and apply these questions to the character of the city. View it as a person. What do you know—what don’t you know? Make a list for further research on missing parts.

Letter: Write a short letter either from your character or to your character.

Exercise six: Choose the city you loved the most from the earlier list and have your character write to a person in that city, or again receive a letter from a friend visiting that city. Or make it impersonal as if a business assignment.

Action Steps: Application

Writing Assignment:
Choose a few details from each of all your exercises, from Part One and Part Two, mixing and matching theme, setting, and memory. Now write up a short episode as a brief memory for your character. It can be either from the POV of this was once her home, or as a visit to a strange place.

Your city now has descriptive footprints with a personal emotional connection that relates to your travel journey. Now share your our own story in your own voice.

Share: Which brainstorm techniques worked best for you? Which were the most difficult? Why?

Read deep, marcy

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