This Weekend I am encouraging everyone to pick up your pens and WRITE! We all say it. We are too busy to write, we don't have time, we have to work, we have to take care of the kids, the list goes on and on. But we CAN make time! Even if you can just set a side an hour of time this weekend, just do it. It might take you a little longer to finish that short story, or novel in progress, but at least you will be moving forward and not staying in the same place.
If you are finding that you are stuck, try a writing exercise to get you moving. At my residency we tried this amazing exercise, and I was actually really proud of the result of my mine (which is rare!). Try this:
In this exercise, you will write a total of 10 sentences. You start of with A sentence consisting of ten words. The next sentence you write will be 9 words, the next 8, and so forth until you end with a sentence of just one word. To help you out, I will use mine as an example:
Leila has never had her heart broken until last night. She buries her head in her pillow and cries. Every beat of her heart beats with pain. Often the pain can stop her breathing. She wonders what to do next. Could it ever be fixed? Her eyes are burning. She is exhausted. It's over. Finally.
Ok everyone get to it! This weekend I will finally start my novel! Look out for an excerpt during "Teaser Teusday!" Keep writing!
Welcome! Racquel Henry is a Trinidadian writer who resides in Orlando, FL. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Racquel is a part-time English professor, the founder of the writing center, Writer's Atelier and is also the co-founder and co-editor of Black Fox Literary Magazine.