Welcome to Expat Sat, the culturally kooky, map nonspecific, sometimes bewildering, always fascinating intersection of expat life and writerhead. And where every Saturday, I offer tips for writing, publishing, and thriving to expat writers around the globe.
Earlier this week a writer said to me, “But there’s nothing to write about.”
NOTHING TO WRITE ABOUT!!!!!!
Holy crap-a-majoli! Nothing to write about? Nothing to write about?
(short pause, while I sit down and breathe)
FOR PENELOPE’S SAKE, NOTHING TO WRITE ABOUT???
To help this writer and any others who have come to this desperate state, here’s a writing prompt to prove that no matter who or where you are, THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING TO WRITE ABOUT!
Now…get to work.
STEP 1: Go outside and hunker down on a corner. (Yes, I know “corner” will mean something different to each of you. If you’re in a cabin in the woods, go to a bend in a path or a river or a creek. If you’re in Mumbai, go to a nearby intersection. You know what I mean…)
STEP 2: Wait for something to happen. (drums fingers on knee)
STEP 3: While you wait, see what takes your attention. (Who’s pulling their gutchies out of their crack? Who’s smooching on the corner? What is that smell?! Have you ever, ever seen that shade of green before? How would you describe that old woman’s limp? And so on…)
STEP 4: When something happens (AND IT WILL!), go somewhere and write. Get it all down. The whole hot sticky spilling-over-the-sides mess of it.
STEP 5: When you’re done, post a few lines of your piece in the Comments section below. I want to see what’s happening around the world.
P.S. I know, I know, a few weeks ago I made a big promise. I sent out a “Save the Date” for today. Ugh! My apologies for postponing. But stay tuned. It’s a’coming.
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