Writing Exercises

Questions for Reflection.

Questions have always been an important part of the process of knowing truth for me.  I believe the type of questions we ask ourselves reveal much about ourselves. Questions are important.  They make us wonder, reflect and examine what we see, feel and experience. Each of us has the responsibility of finding out what truth is for each of us. We cannot do that without asking questions. I encourage you to ask those questions that already exist within you.

The questions that we choose to ask reflect who we are as individuals and as a society. – RS

It takes a curious mind and a courageous heart to ask the important questions.  We grow through the process of examining our life and answering the questions that arise from the process. A questioning mind is one that is open, willing to embrace new concepts and bold enough to tackle old concepts and limited ways of thinking. When we allow ourselves to question, we open ourselves to all kinds of possibilities and new levels of understanding.

Whenever you want to immediately take your writing to a deeper level, try asking and answering a question.

Choose questions that that demand your attention. Often you will find that once you start answering questions, more questions come to the surface of your mind.  Just allow yourself to follow the trail of your questions.  Continue answering and asking for as long as you enjoy the process. Be gentle with yourself when you tackle the more challenging questions.

The most important thing to remember when answering questions or in any of your writing is to write your truth.  Be open and honest in all your responses. There is absolutely no value in deceiving yourself. Too many of us have spent all our lives deceiving or hiding the truth from ourselves. Now, in the pages of your journal, you are given permission and are safe to tell it “like it is,” perhaps for the first time.  Here is a starter list of questions for you to consider:

  • Who were the people that influenced you most?
  • What would you like to change about your life?
  • What are the most significant moments of your life?
  • What do others say about you?
  • What are you grasping or holding on to?
  • What do you believe is your greatest gift to the world?
  • What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?

Writing Prompts.

Writing prompts are a collection of words or phrases that helps you jump start your writing.  Simply choose a prompt and start writing on the subject.  You can time your writing for five or ten minutes, if you choose.  Sometimes, the time element triggers thoughts to flow quicker, sometimes it does not.  Experiment to see what works for you.

Prompts can come from quotes, song lyrics, inspirational words and more.  Here is a short list of prompts to get you going.  Expand on the list and add prompts that have particular juice or meaning for you.

Prompts:

  • Wisdom
  • Trust
  • Silence
  • Mystery
  • Aspiration
  • Impeccability
  • Individuality
  • Release
  • Creativity
  • Truth
  • Ecstasy
  • Nurturing
  • Nature
  • Essence
  • Transformation
  • Innocence
  • Commitment
  • Time
  • Dream
  • Focus
  • Magic
  • Humor
  • Vision
  • Imagination
  • Inner Beauty

Phrases:

  • Common sense says…
  • Going nowhere…
  • Discovered secrets…
  • I realize that…
  • Suddenly I find it isn’t just…
  • Even in the darkest hours…
  • Telling it like it is…
  • I see…
  • You won’t believe what they…
  • As a child I used to…
  • My friend has been…
  • Seems like old times…
  • I remember…
  • There’s nothing common about…
  • Do you know…
  • Sometimes we have to give ourselves…
  • Even in the darkest hours…
  • A deep breath of flowers…
  • Changing my life to…
  • Breathing space…
  • Listening to mermaids…
  • With a perfume unlike any other…
  • The poetry of stillness…

Write to Images.

This is a more intuitive type of writing that stimulates both the right and left brain.  Find an image that moves you, it could be a postcard, photograph, image from a magazine, book or the internet.

Spend a few minutes quietly looking at the image.  Then begin writing.  Let your writing take you where it wants.  Maybe, a short story or poem develops.  Maybe you dialogue with the image and ask questions and record the feedback you receive.  Just let your imagination go with this fun visual exercise.  There is no right or wrong way to do this exercise, only YOUR way.

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