Writing Exercise: Ask Questions

Writers ask questions all the time and I thought it would be a good place to start at the beginning of a 6-week block of beginner classes.

We started with a free write to warm up without sharing, with the prompt: “What matters?”.

Then, I invited the writers to ask questions of the room we were in – a cricket pavilion. They just wrote question after question for a few minutes. We shared them, and then they picked one question to answer in detail. This could be a question they came up with or one they heard from someone else.

I love the surprising connections that come when answering a question thrown into the air like that.

Try this at home: Set your timer for 5 or 10 minutes, then just write questions. Any questions, but if you’d like somewhere to start, look around your space right now and begin asking. Then, pick one question, maybe one that surprised you the most and answer it. If you don’t know the answer, make it up, use as many details as you can.

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