Monday, June 20, 2011
Of Purses, Plots, and Prioritizing - Part I
Nancy, over at Boomers, Scribblers, and Saints, did a post on what type of handbag she likes and asked us what we preferred. You can find her link on my blogroll.
While this purse's size might be described as generous, it doesn't come close to the one I carry around. At a recent Women's Ministries' meeting, a friend called it, "a duffle bag." I admit it. Carrying a big purse gives me a sense of security. Everything is at my fingertips from my wallet to the bandaids floating in its murky depths.
So what does my giant carryall have to do with writing? At the same meeting, we played a game. Seven items were placed in a purse. We had to reach in and identify each one by touching them. Pulling them out or peeking inside was a no-no. (This had a spiritual application: purse-verance, etc.) The exercise gave me an idea. Why not use this fun activity as a way to describe textures and shapes? It's a great way to sharpen your senses and ability to describe objects.
Think about your next writers' group party. A scratchy piece of burlap, a cuddly stuffed animal, a metallic item, or any other shape/texture you can think of will fire the brain cells. Split the group into teams or play individually. A prize could be provided for those who identify all the items.
What other games have you played to hone your writing skills? Any ideas? Let's get creative.