I don’t know about you but I’m finding it difficult to write lately. Perhaps it’s the season, maybe it’s the added family pressures or sudden drops in energy, but the writing process is–at its best–stumbling along. Since I can’t seem to focus for any length of time, I decided to give shorter, more sprint-like writing times a chance. And since I’m one of those folks who love to have others join in my misery, how about tackling this exercise the next time you leave the house for a sudden shopping expedition?
The gift-giving season is in full swing and sooner or later you’re going to be exhausted and will want to slip away to your local bookstore for some personal time. While you’re there, sit at a table or in a comfy chair, and with pen and paper in hand write down the snippets of dialogue you hear as people walk by. Don’t look at their faces; just keep your head down and write. –Writing Prompts from the Writer’s Digest 2004 Calendar