F is for Footprints.
1. Footprints can be quite symbolic. It can represent the impact (wanted or unwanted) someone makes, on the road, in our lives. A journey has been taken, but many people wish they could go back and retrace their steps. Spend 5 minutes writing down any thoughts you have about this.
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:
- There were two sets of prints in the snow...
- He didn't cover his tracks...
- The carpet was covered in muddy paw prints...
I find it best not to read my freewrites for at least a few days. Why not stuff them in a drawer and surprise yourself? It's blatant evidence that our minds work in mysterious ways. Plus, I defy you not to find an array of story seeds amongst your work.
Do you have any writing warm-ups you'd like to share?
Note: All photos in the A to Z Challenge 2013 are my own. Feel free to use/copy/share to your hearts content. Help yourself. :)