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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Write on Wednesdays

Inkpaperpen’s Write On Wednesday's exercise for today is a visual starter:

Kristy at House of Prowse took the photo above and suggested we use it as a starting point for a  writing prompt. Here are Gill from Inkpenpaper's guidelines:

Write On Wednesdays Exercise 7 - Sit under a tree and write: Find yourself a quiet spot. Set a timer for 5 minutes. Take a look at Kristy's Tree Photo. Write the first words that come into your head. Keep writing whatever comes into your head. Stop when the buzzer rings. Do this exercise over and over if you wish. If like me, you struggle with visual prompts, perhaps try sitting under a tree to write. I have heard that changing your usual writing place can spark new inspiration. Try it and see. Do both if you please!

Twisting up through the loamy earth, the trunk alone dwarfed all that neighboured it. Beneath its generous limbs, the air felt soft and moist on Mary's skin. Leaning against it, she felt truly able to deeply inhale for the first time in too long. Though the firm, gnarly trunk pressed in hard against her shoulders, Mary craned back to peer up, up up through the branches and foliage to see if she could catch sight of the sky. Faintly, but bluely, there it was.

Ok! That was it! 5 minutes!

Boy this timed writing dissolves time. I'd love to hear what you think.
I'm about to plant this on Gill's site, and then start some wandering. I love seeing how differently we all respond to starters.

Hooroo from me till I see you at yours!


  1. Love the use of "bluely" nice! Here from WOW :)

  2. Oooh, I liked it. Faintly, but bluely, there it was. Beautiful, descriptive writing.

    You are "planting" it on my blog? Nice!


  3. I liked the 'Faintly, but bluely' too.
    And yes - I always jump out of my skin when the buzzer goes.

  4. Love the description here....just beautiful!
    The 5 minutes goes so fast doesn't it? I sometimes feel like I've barely even started when the timer goes off!

  5. I just love your choice of words. Loamy earth, dwarfed, gnarly... I wouldn't think of using them in a million years!

  6. I feel you really made use of my picture in your descriptions. I wonder what was she doing under the tree? Yes 5 minutes is quick!

  7. "the trunk alone dwarfed all that neighboured it" - love it! Must go look up loamy now. You used those five minutes very well - this has a confident flow about it!

  8. I think I'm the only one without a buzzer - I use a 5 minute song from iTunes. Much nicer way to be lulled in and out of storytelling.
    Great descriptors - loamy, twisty, gnarly, lifting Mary up toward the sky. I think you could work this into something. Nice one.

  9. Lovely to see you guys here, and hear from you. There are so many feel goods about WoW. I love the mutuality of it all. The shared starter, the mutual visiting. All, all a lovely way to be in the middle of a week. See you round next time!

  10. I love your writing! "Faintly but bluely, there it was" - magic! What a great exercise to do. I am enjoying looking at your blog. And hoping for more time to read more of your posts (a few busy days ahead) but will stop by again soon!

    PS Love your blog name! Is it because you don't like maths? I think I may have maths aversion and need serious help to work out change given from a $5 note!

  11. @Deborah: Lovely to see you here! In recent years, maths and I have grown further and further apart. I'm with you with needing a calculator these days to be sure about change from $5! I've fought my discomfort with maths for a while, but I've decided to embrace it, and I'm loving all the other parts of me that are coming to life since I've given up on maths. More truly, maths symbolises for me the way I've tried so hard for too many years to do the "Right Thing". In rejecting Maths, I'm really choosing a life of feelings and instincts. From what I see of your blog, I think you're probably on the same chosen path?


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