Monday, September 01, 2014

Writing Challenge

In Lois Lowry's book The Giver, memories are transmitted from one person to the other as vivid experiences.

That is what songwriters strive to do for our listeners.

Object Writing is a great exercise for creative writers, or anyone who wants to observe and communicate with more clarity.  It can make us all better at creating compelling sensory explanations, from our own experiences, so that a reader/listener will comprehend it with their own senses.

It's like handing someone a multi-dimentional photograph, complete with feelings and full of vivid sensory information.

In an attempt to train my brain with metaphors and sensory stimulation from that liminal space between sleep and waking, to carry that consciousness into the day, and use it in collecting ideas for songwriting, I am starting a 28-day OBJECT WRITING CHALLENGE!


The rules are simple:

-Write about an object for 10 minutes every morning (and ONLY 10 minutes).
-Write from your own concrete experiences, including details from all 5 senses, plus how your body responds, senses of motion, and relation to your surroundings.

I'll post an "Object of the Day" on my Twitter account AND my Facebook Music Page every day for 28 days (Wednesday, September 3 until Tuesday, September 30, 2014).  Read a little more about Object Writing through the links below and then join me in the challenge.

Links for further study:

Full explanation with examples:  Generate Ideas Through Object Writing

Short video:  Object Writing with Pat Pattison

Article from The Atlantic:  The Secret to Good Writing: It's About Objects, Not Ideas