When writing, I like to explore different settings and imagine all the different scenarios that can arise. This writing warm-up for my A to Z Blogging Challenge is a good example: we’re going beneath the surface…

U is for Underground.

1. You’re on the subway, when it comes to a halt between stations. Describe three other people in the carriage, making them all completely different. You decide how long they’re stuck and what will happen next…

2. Sketch a mind-map using the key word as the nucleus, then branch out in whatever direction you please. You might find yourself going in completely unrelated paths (which I personally prefer). Do a five-minute freewrite incorporating as many (or few) branch words as you like. Here is my mind map (created using the SimpleMind app on my phone):

3. Choose one of the following sentence starts and freewrite for a few minutes, letting the words tumble out without a second thought:
  • The forensic team made their way into the tunnel. All trains suspended till further notice…
  • We were strolling around the carnival, when he stopped outside the Tunnel of Love and held out his hand…
  • It was dark and creepy, but the underpass would be cut my journey in half…
I find it best not to read my freewrites for at least a few days. Why not stuff them in a drawer and surprise yourself? It’s blatant evidence that our minds work in mysterious ways. Plus, I defy you not to find an array of story seeds amongst your work.
Do you have any writing warm-ups you’d like to share?
Take care,
Catherine x
Note: All photo prompts in my A to Z Challenge 2013 are my own. Feel free to use/copy/share to your hearts content. Help yourself. 🙂

One thought on “Underground

  1. Catherine – I love black and white photos. This one is great.

    And so are the prompts. I especially like #1, as I'm always making up stories about the people I see on a bus, in a store, etc.

    Thanks again for the brain challenges all this month.

    Y is for Yesterday (quotes & motivation)
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