Happy Wednesday, Bright Ink readers. I hope that you are having a great week so far.

It’s time again for Writing Exercise Wednesday. Before we get started, I want to remind you that you may feel free to interpret these prompts however you like. You can write a poem, a short story, or even an epic novel if that’s what gets you writing. The point is to start getting words on paper, and to feel good about it. So, I encourage you to come at these from any direction you like.

If you decide to add aliens or dragons, I’m not going to sneak up behind you and yell in your ear that you’re doing it wrong. This is writing, so as long as you’re making something you like, you’re doing it right.

A wooded path.
A wooded path.

Go on a walk. Preferably, take some streets or a path that you’ve never taken before. Go as fast or as slow as you like. Observe the things around you.

When you get home, relax for a few minutes. Then write about your walk. Get really detailed about what you saw, felt, smelled, heard, and maybe even tasted (I can’t pass up a blackberry bush, honestly).

Some thoughts if you get stuck:

  • What words capture your experience? What words feel fresh and honest to you?
  • What parts of your stroll were pleasant or unpleasant?
  • Did you encounter any people, and if so, how did they behave?
  • Was the weather foul or fair? How did you deal with it?
  • If you feel like you aren’t sure about the details, close your eyes and try to imagine yourself back on location.
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