Writing: Scribble prompt.

June 11, 2019

Meditations on Writing is almost here! The email telling you all about this online writing group goes out Wednesday, June 12, so make sure you sign up for my newsletter. Meditations on Writing is like a summer writing retreat. You’ll pick a project and make genuine headway on it throughout the summer. No project in mind? No problem; something will emerge as you go along. Either way, you’ll be writing—without getting stuck. (That’s why our mascot is a cactus.)

While I’m getting everything ready for our official start, here’s a sneak preview of what’s coming and a writing exercise: Part of the Meditations on Writing process is Scribble. This is what you need a notebook for. Scribble is 5 minutes of free writing, by hand, daily. It’s not a journal; you don’t need to write about your life, unless that’s what comes out. Scribble is a writing meditation; you’re free-writing whatever comes to mind.

If your mind goes blank (why does that never happen during meditation?), get unstuck with this writing prompt: Summer job. Write about your first summer job, your favorite summer job, or a summer job you’d like to have now. Take a few deep breaths to relax (you’ll get a video with guided breathing meditation tomorrow). Then, start scribbling. “Scribble” means whatever you write doesn’t have to make sense, be neat, be polite, be seen, stay within the lines and margins, or follow any other rules. Scribble is PLAY. It’s serious play, but it’s scribbling. We can’t be too precious about something called Scribble. Try it and see what flows. And I’ll see you tomorrow for the official kick-off to Meditations on Writing! 

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