Happy Monday to you all :)
Today's writing warm-up for my A to Z Challenge is M for Memorial.
Memorials always leaves me a bit choked... they just emanate tragedy:
1. Have a look at the memorials and see if any in particular stand out for you. Do you think of those who died? Or the people left behind? What impact has their deaths left in their worlds? Explore the aftermaths and strength needed to pull through these disasters. Or what about a haunted memorial? Do the fallen linger there, waiting to meet their weeping relatives?
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:
- I can't face anyone. It's the same every year, on this day...
- She said there had been a telegraph, but I fled the house. I couldn't; wouldn't hear of it...
- If he hadn't died, I might not have found out about her...
- The sheer number of people who'd come to pay their respects overwhelmed me. I had no idea...
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 photo prompts in the A to Z Challenge 2013 are my own. Feel free to use/copy/share to your hearts content. Help yourself. :)