Molly Ovenden

Leaning on God's understanding

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Using 5 senses, a prompt

The following is part of a warmup, a freewrite, that I did by myself for about 10 min, focusing on using the 5 senses to get in the mindset of writing. The freedom from spelling, correct usage of punctuation and the ability to use stream of consciousness, all help to be open to the next step in writing.

Metal trays screech and rattle. It made me grit my teeth and close one eye. The autumnal red of the soft cushy chair holds me with a slight crick in my hip and curving my spine. My trouser legs stick to me and damp creeps between my toes. I need to get some running shoes. My gaze lifts to view the shadows cast on the fake wooden floor. A mutton chopped gentleman comps his cud his food, a sandwich, like a cow grinds its cud. I can smell cucumber: a glean clean and green smell. The clip clack of a server’s name badge hitting smacking her belt buckle and she stomps table to table collecting left behind belongings–empty cup, crumple napkins. I’m eagerly whirring ideas of my own cafe…

How do you think using all five senses could improve your own writing? 

Try this: Go to a coffee shop and write there for awhile. Take in all of the sights, sounds, textures, tastes, and scents.

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I write because…

The following is my freewrite* responding to a prompt during Week One of Creative Writing: Making it a Habit.

I write because I feel I have something to say. I want to communicate what I have learned. I write because it wells up inside me and I need to get it out otherwise I get grumpy and feel icky and a bit ill and like I might explode. I write because I like it. I think I am good at it so why not do something I like to do that feels natural? I write because it feels normal. I write because it is more comfortable to get my thoughts out that way rather than talking and blabbing for ages. I want to lay out all of my thoughts clearly so that later on I can see what I think and restructure what i actually think. I write because it’s fun and I get lots of story ideas and people have been entertained by my stories. I write because I am creative and writing is a way to express it all. I write because I have done so since I was little and could write. I write because I love it and when I do write I feel alive and like I am doing something special, life giving and authentic. It makes me happy.

*A freewrite is a piece of writing in which one writes without regard to conventions, grammar, punctuation, or the need to make sense.

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