On Monday, I listened to the Boulder Concert Band play in our local Foothills Park. My favorite moment was lying back on my blanket and looking up at the clouds as the band played Amazing Grace. It was a divine moment.
Write about a time when you were able to put aside the horrors of the world and life’s daily problems and immerse yourself in a moment of bliss, contentment or joy.
Use specific description and include sensory details.
Write for 15 minutes.
Write about attending an outdoor musical event when something — benign, odd, or slightly menancing — disrupts the concert.
Write about a piece of music that affects you strongly.
Writing Group Variations
Together, attend a musical event, preferable something low-key and informal. Perhaps a street performer, middle-school concert, or free event in a local part.
Listen with your eyes closed for a few minutes.
Later, write your observations.
Did anything surprise you? Do you connect more (or differently) to music as compared to visual arts?
As I walked across campus tonight, I saw a yellow banner above the bridge across Varsity Pond. “Be Confident,” it read.
Write about a piece of advice, such as “Be Confident” that you heard growing up or as a young adult.
If no single phrase jumps out at you, write six pieces of advice that you can remember and see if anything resonates.
Or, use one of these phrases. Save for a rainy day. Turn the other cheek. Look before you leap. He who hesitates is lost. You snooze. You lose. Cheaters never prosper. Don’t slouch. If first you don’t succeed, try, try, again. Fake it ’til you make it.
Use that phrase as your first line. Write in response to it. Write for 10 minutes.
Have one of your characters offer another character advice. How does the second character respond?
Write a short fable for which the last line is a piece of advice.
Write about something fragile, either literal or metaphoric.
Find something fragile in your home or someone else’s home (with their permission of course). Hold it (carefully!). Put it down, describe it, using a variety of sensory details. Is it heavy in your hands? Does it make a sound if you tap it gently? Is it old and worn?
If you know about the origins of the piece, write about it.
Write about what it means to you.
If you are remembering something long gone, write about it to the best of your recollection or fictionalize the account to add interest.
Did you ever break anything valuable? Yours or someone else’s? Were there repercussions? Where did this take place? How old were you? Examine your emotions and state of being.
Write about fragility from an emotional perspective. Was there ever a time you or someone you loved felt or seemed broken?
Writing Group Variations
Bring something fragile to your writing group.
Write about your piece or someone else’s.
Share your writing to hear the variety of stories group members devised. What is common? Where do the stories differ?