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 


bob livingston said...

This is a great idea. I'm going to write about my computer keyboard...

Erin Ivey said...

Bob, I can only begin to imagine the ode that it will inspire...

Godspeed, friend.

Dan O said...

But I've no spring of bad humour to channel into art. Where's a devastating heartbreak when you need one? Will you marry me?

Erin Ivey said...

Dan O., Step One: Drop object on foot. Step Two: Write.

Shlomster said...


Great timing: /I needed something like this. I'm in.

Erin Ivey said...

Great, Shlomi! Glad to have you on board. :)

ACG said...

I'm a day late, but I'm in!

Jesús Eduardo Lomelí Romero said...

Thanks my Loveley Friend!!! I'm in here!!! Bye

Erin Ivey said...

Hi, everybody! We are more than halfway through the challenge. I hope it is proving to be a positive thing in your life. It's great to be in this together.