Today's writing warm-up for my A to Z Blogging Challenge is: E for Eyes Down.
1. Here are some notes I made during my last jaunt to the bingo with Mother:
Passers-by saying hello, lonesome individuals sitting at a table for four, man holds a £20 note in the air for change, flashing lights from nearby casino slots, clattering of coins, a foul-mouthed old woman talking loudly, potential fisticuffs over seats, shhhhhh-ing when the caller speaks, fidgeting with bulbous dabber pens, walking sticks littering the walkways, old, wrought wedding rings, bad wigs, room clears immediately as people scarper for cigarette break, waiting on one for the house, grumble grumble, caller's farewell: "On behalf of all of us, love you and ta-ra!" A sea of "ta-raaaa"'s with one mutter of "get it up ye..." Jackets on.
Have a look at your surroundings and describe everything you see, hear, feel, smell, etc. You might feel a story begin to form (I found a few with my bingo notes!).
2. Sketch a mind-map using the key word as the nucleus, then branch out in whatever direction you please. You might find yourself going in completely unrelated paths (which I personally prefer). Do a five-minute freewrite incorporating as many (or few) branch words as you like. Here is my mind map (created using the SimpleMind app on my phone).
3. Choose one of the following sentence starts and freewrite for a few minutes, letting the words tumble out without a second thought:
- We always promised we'd split the winnings...
- Old Betty hadn't shown face in the bingo for three weeks now...
- It got her out of the house, at least...
Do you have any writing warm-ups you'd like to share?
Note: All photo prompts in my A to Z Challenge 2013 are my own. Feel free to use/copy/share to your hearts content. Help yourself. :)