Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead. -- Gene Fowler

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Month of Small Stones

You've heard me talk about National Novel Writing Month in here (it has the bulk of the the subject tags), but January brings a new writing challenge. Sage Cohen invites everyone to participate in Fiona Robyn's National Small Stone Month, as detailled in Robyn's blog:

A small stone is a very short piece of writing that precisely captures a fully-engaged moment.

There are no strict rules for what makes a piece of writing a small stone, as there are for forms such as haiku. The process of finding small stones is as important as the finished product – searching for them will encourage you to keep your eyes (and ears, nose, mouth, fingers, feelings, and mind) open.

Robyn also publishes small stones submitted by readers in her blogzine, A Handful of Stones.

I plan to take up this challenge in January. I've been meaning to get myself back on track with things such as meditation and yoga and just being in the moment. Too often I let myself breeze through on the surface of life without really noticing it. Life's too interesting for that. Join me in writing small stones throughout January and in being closer to life as it happens.

A very happy Solstice today to those who observe!

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