but fresh from a mom writers panel event at the White Plains Library with Jane Green, Pamela Dorman, and Role Mommy Beth Feldman (if you were there, thank you for coming, and for the fabulous questions!) I wanted to offer up a fresh topic.
I've been thinking about wishes, about how they change over time, about how close they can be to prayer, how selfish, how light.
So here's your writing topic. Take a piece of paper and draw a line down the middle. Using your dominant hand (say, right if you're a righty) make a list of wishes on the corresponding (in this case right) side.
Then put the pen in your nondominant hand and write on the other side. Make a list of secret wishes. This could be in code if it's easier to admit to them that way (of course, they can all belong to a character anyway!).
Now choose one wish from each column and start to write. Don't forget the sounds, textures, taste of it all. Write for nine minutes.
I hope your wishes smell like just peeled oranges.