Found Object Stories: Think Like a Writer

Here’s another creative writing prompt for your 750 words, a challenge to write 750 words each day to better Think Like a Writer. Read more here.

Some visual artists like to use Found Objects to make Found Art. It’s an idea that works for writers today. As you walk through your day, notice things: bits of dialogue, interesting faces, odd objects (a bird, a hairbrush, a Chinese fan, the tallest tree you’ve ever seen). Today, collect about a dozen of these. Please try not to censor or audition the things, just collect.

Tomorrow, in our continuing challenge to write 750words every day, use every single one of them. Make it work. I don’t know how you’ll make it work, but you can do it.

For example, one story I wrote started with overhearing someone say they called their brother Bubba; at the same time, I was eating BBQ sauce. My characters became Saucy and Bubba. We also had strawberries for dessert, so the story included a special quart of strawberries. And I had been traveling that day and saw lots of 18-wheelers on the road: Dad had to drive a truck, of course.

The Found Object Story will surprise you. And that’s very good, it gets you out of your comfort zone, your cliches and forces you to be creative. And that’s Thinking Like a Writer.

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Start Your Novel by Darcy Pattison
You want to write a novel, but you don’t know where to start. You have a great idea and–well, that’s all. This book explains the writing process of starting a novel in six winning steps.

Starting the Journey
Why Editors Focus on Page 1
STEP ONE: Clarify Your Idea
STEP TWO: Review Your Skills
STEP THREE: Plan the Opening Chapter
STEP FOUR: Plan the Opening Line
STEP FIVE: Now, Write!
STEP SIX: Revise

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