WHAT? “START LINES”

Why use start lines to incite creativity?

An opening line fans the fire that ignites your words. Once those words begin to flow, you expand on that creativity by moving to the next step—a time frame. Timed writing always pays off because the clock creates commitment.

How does this work? Tell yourself you are going to write for 5 minutes, 20 minutes, 45 minutes. By setting and declaring time, the writing becomes kinesthetic. Because your body knows how to manage time, it will naturally create a beginning, middle, and end to your work when you trust it and the clock(time).

Let’s practice what I’ve shared. Grab paper and pen. Sit at the kitchen table. Set the timer. Now allow your genius to play. Try one of these subjects, beginning with the picture:

 
 
Are you ready? Get to writing! The clock is ticking. 

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AnneRandolph, M.A., M.F.A, has directed opera companies and the Colorado Symphony. She leads www.KitchenTableWriting.com andwww.WriteYourLifeStory.org workshops in Denver and at conferences. She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Opera Institute, and has been a stage director in London,Amsterdam, Italy, and New York. Her workbook Write Hot: Recipes for Kitchen Table Writing is available at www.AnneRandolph.com.