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If you would be willing to share your answers with the wider world, put those answers on the first sheet of paper. Any answers you are not willing to share should go on the second piece of paper. Write a short paragraph/essay about something you used to do with your grandmother or grandfather that you still do today. But all questions must be answered fully and honestly. Questions you might ask and answer: Why do I still do whatever it is? Then, use this list as your jumping off place, following the same rules as those given above. Write in any form (poetry, drama, short story, nonfiction, memoir, etc.) a piece that incorporates the phrase, “Don’t pick up the phone.” A. Get up and walk around the house, the porch, the deck, and/or the yard. Then write three pages about whatever comes to mind. Then sit down and write something you might be willing to share, building on your first efforts. Write out all the things you are afraid to do concerning your writing and your writing life. Spend the first five minutes thinking, jotting notes, clustering, doodling, gnashing your teeth, or wandering around, if you choose. Full Name: Nicknames: Sex: Age: Height: Weight: Hair: Eyes: Skin: Posture: Appearance: Health: Birthmark: Abnormalities: Heritage: Where born: Where live: Favorite food: Favorite subject in school: Favorite game as child: Best memory: Worst memory: Smoke/Drink/Drugs Profile: Favorite section of newspaper: Favorite type of music: Last book read: Last movie seen: Morning or night person: Introvert/Extrovert: Indoor or outdoor person: Greatest fear: Closest friend: Dearest possession: Favorite season: Class: Occupation: Education: Family: Home Life: IQ: Religion: Community: Political Affiliation: Amusements/Hobbies: Reading Interests: Sex Life: Morality: Ambition: Frustration: Temperament: Attitude: Psychological Complexes: Superstitions: Imagination Word lists can sometimes be a great spur to creativity. Set your timer for ten minutes, then read the word list below and attempt to write something (a poem, a story, a short play) that contains all nine of these words. Once you’ve completed this exercise, reread what you have written. Then, write the other side of the coin: Start each phrase with “It would be perfectly sane to. Fairy tales, anecdotes, short stories, novels, plays, comics, and even some poems are all examples of the narrative form. Spend 10 minutes each day for three days describing what you see out of the window. Since everyone likes a good story, it’s no wonder that the narrative is such a popular form of writing. Start a story with a word that starts with the letter B – any B, any word. Pick a particular time of day and a particular window. Put that character in the same room as you and a very favorite small child in such a way that the disappointing flaw is evident. Creative writing recreates reality – frequently changing events and characters, times and places – while staying true to the heart of the story – its emotional truth. Pick one of your answers and recreate it into a story, an essay, a poem, a performance piece, that you would like to share.