Writers often take a creative comfort zone when trying to feel out their audience. Writing about love, bad relationships, pain, the struggles in life, and a few will try to throw a positive spin with their words. Most of these topics are what the majority of readers can relate to. We continue with the same subjects to appease those people who follow our work. But what if we were to take a chance and set our words ablaze? If you are up to the challenge, there are few ways to set fire to your writing.
- Pick a person you know that really gets under your skin. Think about what you would like to scream at the top of your lungs if you had to confront him/her face to face. What animal or object do they remind you of? Use some strong metaphoric references to describe this person. Be bold and brave as you write about them.
- Is there a cause you feel passionately about, but are afraid to share your opinions because of the way everyone is so segregated these days? Just go for it and write how you really feel. There are so many topics to choose from: abortion, suicide, human trafficking, immigration etc. Pick a subject and delve really deep into it. Be the point of view of the cause if you must.
- Be a radical. The word has gotten thrown around so much in the media. Take it to another level and write about being a radical cook, baseball fan, surfer, reader, or think about any other hobby that sets your heart in flames. Write something so powerful to convince others why you are so passionate about these activities.
- Write a eulogy for someone who is still alive. We don’t think about what to say until someone has passed, so why not write a eulogy for someone you know who is still alive. Take it a step further and write one for a pet or a precious trinket. Write your own if you dare.
- Give an object a personality. Look around the room and pick an item that catches your eye. Study it closely. Pick it up and feel the texture and the weight of it. Really analyze what the object means, its purpose, and why you placed it there. Treat it like its alive and write something amazing about it.
You can use these ideas write to your heart’s content, but you don’t have to share it if you don’t want to. Use them as practice to spice up your writing. Go back and edit if you must or take another stab at it. Re-write until you are ready to test the waters with your audience and see how they react.
Written by: Donna J. Sanders
Donna is a freelance writer and blogger in West Palm Beach, FL. She is the author of Ataraxia, Cardboard Signs, and Devour Me.
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