Sunday Spinners #1: Get a partner or a group of people. Find an image (painting, photograph, etc.) that intrigues you, whether it be in a museum, in a book, online, wherever you can find one. Set a timer for five minutes and write non-stop. Write whatever comes to mind––dialogue, a story, objective observations, subjective opinions, etc. If you don't know what to write, write, "I don't know what to write" until you think of something. When five minutes is up, share what you wrote with each other––no editorializing! Set the timer again for five minutes. Write non-stop, but this time continue the other person's story. At the end of the five minutes, share what you wrote. If you're looking for a picture, I found this photograph particularly intriguing at the Columbus Museum of Art.
|View From Below|
Sunday Spinners #2:
Write a poem about something ugly using beautiful language.
|This is the bathroom in the hotel room I stayed in all by myself when my flight back from Ohio was cancelled...that's another story for another time.|
|This is just a daffodil.|
Sunday Spinners #3: Select a minimum of two of your favorite characters. They can be from a novel, a comic, a movie, or even people you know personally. Try to combine them and spend 5-10 minutes free writing about them. (Girls, it's like finally being able to combine those two guys. You love so many things about one, and so many things about another, and you wish you could just morph them into one person.)