There are lots of things that keep people from writing — self-doubt, perceived lack of time, the size of the task… the list goes on and on. In fact, it’s amazing that books get written as frequently as they do.
Fortunately for young aspiring writers everywhere, RED INK author Julie Mayhew has designed a two-part Skype in the Classroom lesson to help break through those barriers and get the stories flowing. Sometimes, it takes a little structure to help get the ideas out of our brains and onto the page. Today, we’re challenging you to write, using part one of Julie’s lesson. Here’s the challenge, direct from Julie:
The spiral exercise (which led to the changing room scene in RED INK when I was set it as a task in a workshop), involves writing the first word that comes into your head in the centre of the page. Now, that is the first word of your sentence. And just write, whatever comes out, no editing, but in a spiral not in a straight line. Your mind will be too preoccupied with the shape of your writing to pass comment on what you’re actually saying. A great way to free up your subconscious – and all the great ideas locked inside.