While I still was in school as a youth, my teacher asked me to do a writing exercise named The Cube. The exercise is very similar to meditation. You pick any item and write about it from six different perspectives. For example, let´s pick a leaf. Ask yourself the questions beneath and write the six pieces of creative text;
- What is the leaf making you to think about?
- How does the leaf look?
- What item is similar to the leaf?
- How can the leaf be used?
- What kind of feelings does the leaf awakens within you?
- What could the leafs absolute opposite be?
This is a great writing exercise that can be used in eternity. Using this, there is always something to write about. Most people try to find something new to write about all the time, but the greatest writer always find to write from a new perspective. I have been thinking about my next Project 365 in 2013. Maybe I´ll just write about the same leaf over and over again? That would really put my writing skills at trial! How many blog readers would I attract? How many people would come back – excited – wanting to read about that leaf over and over again? Would you?
Discussion: When you are writing, are you then really focusing at writing about as many things/people/places/happenings as possible, or are you more focused at trying to look at one single story from different points of view (different characters)? What kind of views does your characters usually have at life, at their – your – stories? Are they just looking at the problems, are they enemies of life, do they brake every social rule, or are they nice and smiling towards everything and everyone? What does your characters never do, think or say? Why not? Is that something you could improve by learning how to look at the same thing, place, happening or story from different points of view? What would that do to your writing and ability to tell a good story?