This is the thirty-fourth installment of The Curious Creative, weekly 10-minute writing exercises for busy individuals interested in exploring their creativity. For the complete rationale, click here.
For this week’s creative exercise, you’ll explore the connection between a specific food and the feeling of home. There will be plenty of rich sensory details to explore- taste, smell, texture, and sight. Also of interest will be how such concrete details can conjure up the abstract feeling of home.
- List several food dishes that remind you of “home.” They can be regional specialties or your own family’s traditional dishes.
- Of these, circle your favorite.
- Spend five minutes clustering or mind-mapping some of your memories associated with this food. Recall details of events, people, and environment.
- Pick the most interesting detail from your brainstorm, and plug it into the opening sentence: “It was _______________________ that told me I was home.”
- From this sentence, continue drafting a personal essay or narrative.
How did you do? Did your sensory details make for rich writing? Were you able to uncover interesting details that conjure up the feeling of home for you? Did one particular story emerge?
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Inspired by: “Apple Pie.” “The Time is Now,” Poets & Writers, 7/6/17, pw.org.