Writing Exorcises for 6/7/12 Meeting

Here are some “exorcises” to check out for the Thursday June 7th meeting at my house.

1. (From Rosemary D.)

“What I’ve given up to my tribe”

What were you required to do, forbidden to do, and permitted to do as a child? What do you require yourself to do, forbid yourself to do, and permit yourself to do as an adult? (Rosemary says that often the lists are eerily similar…)

2. (From McClanahan, Rebecca. “Write Your Heart Out”.)

“Place as memory”

Mentally situate yourself inside a room in the past (in a schoolyard, forest, restaurant, etc.) Describe the place from your chosen vantage point, then try different angles, close-ups, seeing it from a distance. What do you see, smell, hear, touch, taste?

3. Where is my heart breaking? What breaks my heart?

Make a list of the fears  and concerns that keep you awake at night and bother you during the day.

4. (From Natalie Goldberg, “Old Friend from Far Away.”)

Write a personal ad for yourself. You could write it as if you were 20yrs, 40yrs, 60yrs, etc,  Write about what you want in a partner.

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