Write Spark Wednesday #3: What do you see?

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Today is Wednesday and it is time to challenge your writing. I often hear of writers who complain of being stuck or not knowing how to start writing. Well, here’s a challenge for you to get those words moving across the page. Let’s see what sparks for you. Who knows, you may very well have the opening lines to your next story or that scene you can’t seem to get going.

Looking at the picture above, what do you see? In the comments, write a brief paragraph, a few sentences, or just freestyle your thoughts. Write what this picture says to you. How does it make you feel? What thoughts does it evoke? You can write from your character’s state of mind. It could be a scene. Don’t restrict yourself. Just write what comes to mind. Remember, life is full of illusions; what you see is not often reality.

Challenge yourself, but most of all, have fun!

  1. She couldn’t take her eyes off the couple snapping a selfie. Cara shakes her head in disgust. She came outside to enjoy some fresh air; not to watch this display of happiness. The woman leaning into her man as if he’s her rock. Doesn’t she know it won’t last? He’ll use her up, and when he’s gotten all he can, she’ll be abandoned. It’s been two years since Steven did that exact thing to her, but it feels like yesterday. She’d given him four of her best years, and he’d given her the boot, with a big “F’ you” as her parting gift. Such a beautiful day, and these two had to mess it up!

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    1. I like where you’re going with this, Tammy! Sounds like you are well on your way to a story. I’m wondering how Cara is going to move forward, getting mad at happy couples and all.

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  2. I see so much space in this picture; space to do lots of different things, like: run up and down the stairs for exercise, which I can feel the muscles burn from thinking about it; running and playing with the little one; enjoying a nice sit and chat on the bench; sitting under a tree; taking a gaze up at the beautiful sky; taking a spin in the vehicle parked and waiting for me to get back to it; or stopping for a group photo; never mind those who are taking a picture of me, taking a picture of them. So, who’s doing what here? This is but one spot, with all that’s going on in it; and yet it reminds me of the world and its space, and all that’s going on in it. Busy. Busy. Busy.

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