My thoughts have been consumed with negativity the last couple days and this helped me focus on something other than those thoughts. I didn’t want to meditate about it. I didn’t want to psychoanalyze it. I finding that at times those things actually compound my problem. So I thought I’d give some creative writing a try. I found a couple websites with creative writing exercises.
The second one offers an exercise for every day of the year which I thought was pretty cool. I thought I’d share what I came up with.
1. Outside the window – describe the weather outside:
The weather outside is seasonally fresh and crisp. A well timed gust of wind pushes through the steady air with the force of a commuter train. It shoves its way past deeply rooted trees, disturbing their otherwise sleeping leaves.
2. 7>7>7 : Find the 7th book from the bookshelf. Open it to page 7. Look at the 7th sentence on the page. Begin a poem that starts with that sentence and limit the length to 7 lines.
Color does not work that way. You cannot make
Look gray. Why would you want to anyway?
I’m adding this exercise to my sober toolbox. It’s a great way to redirect my mind off whatever is nagging me.