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Fumbling for Words Writers’ Club

I’m writing a book, and, as every good athlete/actor/performer/dancer/etc. knows, hitting the mark on the final performance means you have to practice, practice, PRACTICE! In the case of writing, you have to write a whole lot of “shitty first drafts” and sometimes it pays to write something completely different from what you’re focusing on, just to stretch your writing muscles.

To help me with that practice, I’d like to invite you to join me! I’ve created a “writers’ club” here on this ol’ blog. On a weekly (or so – I’m not very good at consistency) basis, I’m going to throw out a writing prompt for anyone who wants to practice along with me. What you do with your writing is totally optional – post it on your blog, keep it in your private journal, leave it in the comments, tweet it in 140 character bites – your choice. Most of the time, I’m going to post my response on this blog, and if you post yours in a public place, please leave a comment and let us all know where we can find it so we can encourage each other.

There aren’t really any rules, but here are some guidelines:

  • This is about practice not perfection. Write whatever comes to mind. Don’t spend a lot of time editing – just try to let the thoughts flow and see what happens when you play with words.
  • I’ll try to give a time frame (eg. write for 5 minutes without stopping), or approximate length (eg. 2 paragraphs). Again, this isn’t about writing long essays but rather about playing with ideas, senses, descriptions, etc.
  • Since this is a “club”, let’s try to visit the other members to offer them encouragement and let them know they’re not alone in this writing journey.
  • This is mostly about practicing, so we won’t do a lot of critiquing, but if you want to offer editing advice/critiques (along with encouragement), be sure to do it in a gentle and respectful way. (Note: it may be best to do that via email rather than in public comments, especially if it’s someone you don’t know very well.)

Welcome to the club! If you’re joining (even if you don’t write every single time), you’re welcome to put this little badge on your website or blog, and link it to this URL: Then comment below so we all know where to find you!

Click here to see the other posts in the Writers’ Club series. All new posts will appear on the front page of this blog.

Here’s an example of one of the  writing prompts:

Fumbling For Words Writers’ Club – Writing Prompt #1

Let’s start with a memory. Think about some kind of food you enjoyed eating as a child. Who prepared it for you? What did it taste like? What was it like to anticipate it while the person was preparing it? Think about the senses involved – taste, touch, smell, sight, sound. Start with “I remember…” Any time you get stumped, just start the next sentence with “I remember…” and keep going. Try to remember the old adage – “show, don’t tell”.

Write for 5 minutes. Go! Write!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 30, 2010 11:10 pm

    I love this idea. I stumbled into your blog and so glad I did. Stumbling in to fumble with words!

  2. August 5, 2010 7:50 pm

    I too came across this site by accident… Love the idea. now if I can just remember what my favorite food was when I was a kid… Thanks!

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