Writing Practice: Fear

Yesterday I posted about the role of fear and what happens when fear takes hold of our creative process. Today, I thought I'd use fear as a springboard for a little writing. Using any or several of the prompts below, explore your relationship with fear and how it can be the catalyst for creating.

A couple of thoughts about writing to keep in mind - I like Natalie Goldberg's approach to a daily writing practice. She frames it as "rules" - things we should live by...

  • Write for 10-20 minutes
  • Keep your hand moving across the page
  • NO editing! Period
  • No worrying about language conventions or style
  • Don't use your logical, linear brain. This is about writing with wild abandon
  • If something comes about the is intense - DIVE IN!

Okay, keeping the basic rules in mind, here are a few prompts you can try:

  • Make a list of random nouns and verbs. Pair them to form short sentences (i.e. angels cried, her scream silenced, etc.).
  • Write about a time when you were lost, in real life or metaphorically.
  • Write about a nightmare you have had. Be as vivid as you can.
  • Answer the prompt: "Why am I afraid?"
Feel free to post some of your writing here. I'd love to see what you come up with!


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