Whenever a name or a concept comes to my attention multiple times in a week I know I am supposed to pay attention. The serendipitous concept of the week is Sarah Selecky. Her name has come up on podcasts I listen to as well as her writing school. Then when I was listening to Caroline Donahue’s solo episode for the The Secret Library Podcast she was mentioned again. Sarah teaches a Story Intensive and has guest teachers. Caroline just finished working with a group of students.
Sarah has several resources on her website and a blog. She originally came on my radar when I was looking for a way to organize my short story files in Google Drive. She was the only one that had an in depth articles about it I could find that day. Maybe it was fate. I was then led to her newsletter from there. It is one of the few I read from beginning to end.
Sarah has a novel which I checked out from the library this week as well and started reading. I like her writing style immensely. The book is called Radiant Shimmering Light.
Her twitter feeds are full of great prompts too.
One exercise she talks about is a list prompt. She starts many of her writing practice days and classes with it. This is how it works:
- Randomly choose a letter of the alphabet.
- Set a timer for 5 minutes. (I like the Insight timer)
- Write a list of words with that letter.
After the exercise you can choose some words to use for freewrites.
Choose a handful of words to write a story.
Write whatever came to mind as you were writing the list.
Here is the list of words I came up with last night while I was writing at the library:
The words swarm and simmer and saute stood out to me so I started a kitchen scene with a character.