Writing with Not For the Faint Hearted

I attended a writing session Monday evening with local group Not for the Faint Hearted.  Organized by James Burt and Ellen DeVries this session was facilitated by James.

James presented the group – we were about 15 – with a series of images as prompts.  Writing times were limited to 5 minutes, 3 minutes, 2 minutes and 1 minute.

I found it really interesting to hear the different writing voices.  Myself and a fellow from New Zealand were the only non-Brits in the room, and our voices were distinctly different.

Here’s the first  piece I wrote, unedited from my notebook. Make a nice audio piece, don’t you think?

(5 minutes: B&W image of woman on a park footpath surrounded by pigeons. Note, the image displayed here is not the image we worked with, but I’ve chosen it to give something of the sense. )

Pigeons in the Park

 

Feeding the pigeons

The pigeon lady

coo-coo coo-coo

Who are you?

They rush her

Wings a flutter

fluster her

flap her ideology

Everyday they are here

waiting for her bag of bread

crumbs-crumbs-crumbs

saved from the care home kitchen

flap flap flap

fill the gap

the gaping hole in her soul

coo-coo coo-coo

who are you?

coo-coo coo-coo

who are you?

(whisper) ssshhhh pppppp ssssshhhhh

(sing) coo-coo coo-coo

coo-coo coo-coo

who are you?

wooooooooooooooooooooo

(I’ll try to post the rest of them this week.)

Life is an amazing journey. http://www.alisonamazed.wordpress.com http://www.alisonboston.wordpress.com

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Posted in Alison Boston, Poems, Poetry, PostADay2011, Writing
2 comments on “Writing with Not For the Faint Hearted
    • alisonamazed says:

      Thanks Jenn, I was so surprised when I wrote that. That’s what the picture gave me. One never knows what will come out when prompted in a creative environment, surrounded by creatives!

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