It’s National Book Week. The rules are: Grab the closest book to you. Go to page 56. Copy the 5th sentence as your status. Post these rules as part of your status.
Over the years, I have interviewed many writers who use the words of other writers to inspire their own writing practice. They copy out a sentence or two from a favorite writer. Then they use that sentence to drive their writing. They might:
*modify the sentence, playing with word and tense until they are inspired to write their own words.
*write a poem, using the words from the sentence as their beginning, a theme, or simply an inspiration.
*write about the topic of the sentence—either in praise of or argument against or something in the middle!
Writers, here is your assignment: Grab the closest book to you. Go to page 56. Copy the 5th sentence as your status. Then WRITE for ten minutes. See what happens. And please DO share your your sentences and books in the comment section below.
Just in case you do not have a book, here are a few quotes from my stack of books to get you started:
But at the time of writing, nothing is more confusing than to have the alert, critical, overscrupulous rational faculty at the forefront of your mind. —Dorthea Brand, Becoming a Writer
I have confidence in myself, and I shall manage by myself. —Etty Hillesum, Etty Hillesum: An Interrupted Life and Letters from Westbrook
In the days following Caleb’s leavetaking, I turned fifteen, and my narrow world became ever more straitened. —Geraldine Brooks, Caleb’s Crossing
PS: National Book Week on Facebook is August 20-26, 2011. Save your quotes and get ready to celebrate!