There's no end
to the things you might know, depending how far beyond Zebra you go! {Dr. Seuss}

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Wednesday's Writing Workout – Hearts Theme!

This is my zebra purse cookie jar...

On the weekends, prompts keep my creativity warmed up so I don’t “pull a muscle” on Monday morning. During the week, prompts jump-start my writing routine. Consider using your own characters and settings for these prompts. You might come up with dazzling new ideas for your WiP! All you’ll need for these exercises is your writing materials and an open mind. Remember to drink lots of water and stretch!
Start it up!
Exercise 1
In J.K. Rowling’s sixth book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, readers are introduced to Amortentia, which is, as Hermione explains, “the most powerful love potion in the world!” Its fragrance is different to everyone according to what he/she likes. For example, to Harry it smells like a wooden broomstick, treacle tart, and (SPOILER ALERT!!!) Ginny’s perfume, but Hermione smells fresh cut grass and new parchment. If you made Amortentia, what would it smell like to you? What would it smell like to your characters?
Ramp it up! 
Exercise 2
Write a Valentine’s Day story in which two former lovers meet after many years.
Burn it up!
Exercise 3
...and today I filled it 
with my homemade 
Valentine's Day M&Ms cookies!
You wake up on February 15 lying in an egg-shaped chair holding a wine opener and the newspaper. You’re wearing clothing that you’re pretty sure your date had on the night before. A bottle of Juicy Juice and five mugs are tipped over on the coffee table. A velvet ring box is on the floor by your feet and inside it sits a hermit crab. What happened on your Valentine’s Day date? 
Cool it down.
Exercise 4
Describe what Love feels, looks, smells, sounds, and tastes like to you. How would you alter these descriptions to explain love to a child? To a teenager? 
Every Wednesday I post prompts and exercises for your “writing workout” so keep checking back! Happy writing!!!


Summer Ross said...

Very fun and creative prompts this week! I think one or two might help me out!

Have a terrific day!

Misty said...

I love the prompts, Laura. You've got a fun blog!

Trisha Leaver said...

I have never done a writing prompt before, but you may have tempted me with the Valentine's Day hermit crab in the velvet box idea!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Is that your cookie jar? That is so cute! Sorry, distracted by cookies...

Melissa said...

Oh! I love the idea of the Amortentia one! I am doing this tonight when I get home!

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

Oh gosh, I've been writing a story in my head to the number two prompt for weeks. I've really got to commit it to paper!

Love what you said on my blog about down drafts and up drafts. There's something breezy and refreshing about those descriptions. Thanks!!

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

Oooh, I'd like the smell of fresh cut grass and new parchment. I also like the smell of newborn babies after a bath--the smell of youth.

Your cookies look delicious!

Susan Fields said...

Great prompts! I love the second one especially - what fun!

Laura Marcella said...

Summer- Yay, that makes happy! I hope you get something great from these!

Misty- Hello and welcome to Wavy Lines! Thanks very much. I'm glad you like the prompts. I appreciate the comment and follow. :) I hope you're having a great week!

Trisha- You must try some writing prompts! They stretch your writing brain in new ways. Trust me, you'll come up with things you didn't know you had in you. Good luck!

L.Diane- Of course it is! My aunt's friend got it for me a couple years ago. I love it. (Especially when it's filled with cookies!)

Melissa- Isn't that one fun? I re-read the Harry Potter books over the holidays, and when I got to that part in the 6th book, I tucked it away for future use in a Valentine's Day post! I can't believe it's the middle of February already, yeesh.

Nicole- Yes, you do! I'm glad you liked the quote. Anne Lamott talks about it in her book "Bird by Bird."

Kathi- I like those smells too! The cookies are delicious! I'm so glad M&Ms come in colors for every holiday now. :)

Susan- Thanks and I'm glad you like them! I hope you're having a great week!

mandarinblue said...

What would Valentine's Day be WITHOUT Juicy Juice? What is ANY day without Juicy Juice?

I guess if I had to put a taste on love, it might in fact be Juicy Juice... the pink flavor.

Saumya said...

Ahh these are so great and I love the Vday themes! Haha, the Valentines Date one is my favorite. And your cookie jar and cookies look amazing! They match your blog :)

Laura Marcella said...

Mandarin Blue- Juicy Juice reminds me of being a kid! And that's what my nephew likes in his lunches. The pink JJ is a good way to describe the taste of love! Thanks for comment. :)

Saumya- The cookies are yummy!!! I love it that M&Ms makes themed bags for every holiday. :)

Christina Lee said...

FUN! THX for the memory from HP--love!

Talli Roland said...

Love is that zebra cookie jar! With cookies! :) YUM!

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Super Valentine's Day exercises! I especially like the one of lovers meeting after a long time! And those cookies look delicious. Love the cookie jar!

Laura Marcella said...

Christina- You're welcome! Hope you have a great weekend!

Talli- Yup, I almost have zebra everything! And if I could I'd have everything be made out of cookies (or cupcakes), too, lolol. Have a great weekend!

Carolina- Thanks! I'm glad you like them. Hope you have a great weekend!