A free write is an informal gathering of writers who meet to practice their writing. Free writing can help you discover new story ideas, dissolve writer’s block, or move forward on a work in progress. Most importantly, free writing is fun and a great way to fellowship with other writers!
This past spring, I agreed to help facilitate a Free Write venture by the Written Remains Writers Guild. Get Out & Write! Community Free Writes are offered once a month at various locations in the New Castle County Public Library system. Here, I would like to share some of the topics and writing prompts used by our group.
May, 2011 – As the Free Write was held on Memorial Day weekend, two of our topics were related to the holiday. Others came from Writer’s Digest WRITING BASICS magazine. Others, I made up.
~ Inspired by Lt. Col. John McCrae’s poem, “In Flanders Fields,” the prompt was POPPIES.
~ In reference to the experiences of WWI soldiers, the prompt was IN THE TRENCHES.
~ “Sum up your writing career in one sentence.”
~ “You’re a kid who forgot to make up your bed one morning. Write an excuse to tell your mother.”
~ “You’ve won the “Album of the Year” award at the Grammys. Halfway through your speech, the band begins to play to cut you off. What do you do to stop the music?”
~ BIRTH DAY