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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Writing Prompt 2/18/10: Childhood Activity Prompt

By Marilyn Friedman

It's been a fun President's Day week at Writing Pad. As usual, we have lots of fantastic classes. Our Anti-Valentine's Day class with Tim Grierson is this Saturday and next Sunday, we're having a 10 Minute Play Writing class with Aaron Henne. By the end of Aaron's class, you'll have written a 10 minute play! Sign up before the spots are all gone by calling 323-333-2954.

Writing Prompt: Aaron's playwriting class got me thinking about the word, "playing," for this week's writing prompt. So make a list of your 5 favorite activities as a kid. Pick one and write about it for 10 minutes. Then post it in the comments of this blog!

Comment on this blog! What were your favorite activities as a kid? Post a sentence or a mini-story. You could win a free class!


Writing Pad said...

This is embarassing, but one of my favorite activities as a kid was to kiss people on the cheek. I liked to extend the kisses for long periods of time and make loud, squeaky noises. My sister used to call me Mush. I used to hate this name, but now I wear it proudly like a button.

Another favorite activity of mine was to play on my swingset. I liked to pretend that I could reach the clouds with my toes by swinging higher and higher.

I wish I could go play on swings right now! :)


Kristina said...

Can't believe I am going to admit this, but I was a very shy kid and didn't have many friends until high school. I also had little in common with my classmates. It was the early 90s and I was obsessed with all of the hairbands who became my "friends". My room was covered with pictures ripped from the pages of Metal Edge magazine. I talked to them and told them about my day, of course I embellished. Doubt Bret Michaels would have been impressed that I sat alone in the cafeteria during and got an "A" in English. I pretended to be on the dance team and quite popular...

Writing Pad said...

Kristina--I love this story. I LOVE that the hair bands became the narrator's friends and the specificity of Metal Edge magazine and Bret Michaels. I also love that the narrator sat alone during lunch, got an "A" in English, and pretended to be more popular for the imaginary friends. Fabulous stuff!


Shenne said...

One of my favorite activities as a kid was playacting. This was before the days of video games, so my friends and I would spend hours making up scenes based on characters from favorite movies like Star Wars, or tv shows like Charlie's Angels (can you tell I grew up in the '70s?) It was always difficult with three girls because no one ever wanted to be Sabrina: poor Kate Jackson.

There was something freeing about pretending to be someone else, especially a strong and beautiful someone else, that was irresistible to the little outsider that I was, and sometimes still am.

Writing Pad said...

Hi Shenne,

I love this story! It is delightful. I love the specificity of Star Wars and Charlie's Angels. I also love the bit about Sabrina/Kate Jackson, and the last statement about "pretending to be someone else, especially a strong and beautiful someone else."

Thanks, Shenne and Kristina for posting! What fun stories!