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Writing 101 Day Seventeen ~ Mine Your Own Material

Day 17 Assignment: Mine Your Own Material

Imagine a shopper searching for vintage items at a flea market, or an artist using recycled materials to build a sculpture. Can you dig through your online treasures and build upon old stories and existing writing? Here are more ideas:

Take a peek in the drafts section of your dashboard. Can you use unpublished copy in a new way?


I found this piece of work in my drafts section dated 02/02 /2015, I had written in response to a homework assignment for a creative writers group Margaret and I attended for a while. I am sure a version of it was presented and read to the group. I am surprised to find this draft copy still swirling around.

“Imagine Part Of Your Body Has A Voice

1) Decide on a particular part of your body and imagine it has a voice – what do you think it would have to say for itself – humorous or sensible – your foot, your mouth, your ear, your head, etc.

Your piece of writing might include detailed description, facts, names and technical details. Or just Imagine it can tell us about itself and what it feels like to be it. “


Image from the Net


by John Yeo

The nose addressed the eyes,
I will balance the glasses
You read the words.
I will sniff out the story,
Pass the result on to the brain.
The brain will interpret
The meaning of the words.


The magic of the poetry
Will be expressed by the mouth.
The ears will balance the glasses
Listen carefully to the response,
And adjust the result accordingly.


The eyes looked down on the nose
We have no need of your sniffing
We are reputedly
The windows of the soul.
The light of truth
Shining directly to the brain
A shining light reflecting
The light of creativity.


Then in unison the ears chorused
Without your glasses you are blind
We can hear the music of the words.
The mouth joined in the conversation
A very wise mouth indeed!
You must leave room for interpretation,
Each mind is unique!


Together we make up the individual
Striving for unique expression,
Guidance is just another opinion
Generated with respect.

Copyright © Written by John Yeo ~ All rights reserved.


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