The Writers Toolbox - A distraction
Several yeas ago, I was given a copy of The Writers Toolbox as a way to help me focus on my writing.
Here's a snippet of the description from their website:
Designed by a long time creative writing teacher, this innovative kit includes
a 64-page booklet filled with exercises and instructions that focus on a "right-brain"
approach to writing. Sixty exercise sticksFirst Sentences, Non-Sequitur, and Last
Straws will get stories off the ground, 60 cards fuel creative descriptions, and
four spinner palettes will ignite unexpected plot twists. For any aspiring writer,
this kit is the perfect first step on the path to literary greatness!
Sometimes I need a break from working on my manuscript. Especially when looking
at the keyboard and making fish faces as I try to think of what comes next. This
little gem proved fun and constructive. On my first outing, I wrote about two thousand
words in a story that I'd not put any pre-planning or thought into (it does show).
The idea isn't to knock out an award winning piece of literature, but to free the
mind from the confines of your regular thought patterns. I've put the stuff that's
come out of this process below.
Note: Please be aware that these are not finished or polished works, but are still
copyright. I may decide to finish them one day (pigs might be flying by then too!).