This week’s exercise uses pattern as a framework for your writing.
First, write a series of sentences beginning “I am…”. See if you can write at least 10 such sentences. Aim to make your language as inventive and startling as possible. You can put in as much detail as you want, and the sentences can be long or short. The statements can be fictional or strange if you wish: e.g. if you want to say “I am a smuggler of lemons” then go right ahead.
After you’ve written your “I am…” sentences, then write some “I am not…” statements. Again – long or short, fictional / strange or factual / realistic, it doesn’t matter.
Lastly, when you have completed both separate lists, then combine them into a finished piece of writing, alternating “I am…” / “I am not…” statements. You may want to put your statements into a new order, if re-arranging them seems more interesting. You may want to drop some of the statements that were in your original lists when it comes to producing the final combined list. And you may want to edit the details of the sentences when you see them alternating, to draw out connections or contrasts between them.
A big thank you to Kate Simpson for sharing her inspirational piece made during the “I am” / “I am not” Creative Writing activity:
It was the end of the day I closed my curtains and began my crossword puzzle. In order to finish it I had to cheat a little and peruse my dictionary.
I am a sociable person who loves a good party where the laughter rolls around the room.
I am stardust on an inky black night
I am someone who runs at the speed of lightening
I am not Twiggy by any means but a corpulent cabbage of a man
I am not horrendously happy at work
I am not a super star but I am well known in neighbourhood not necessarily for the best of reasons.
I am a sociable person who loves a good party where the laughter rolls round the room. Despite being a corpulent cabbage of a man and no twiggy I can dance the night away.
I am someone who runs at the speed of lightening and find racing gladdens my heart particularly as I am not horrendously happy at work which is in the local neighbourhood and not necessarily for the best of reasons!
I am not twiggy by any means but a corpulent cabbage of a man
I am not a super star but I am well known in the neighbourhood not necessarily for the best of reasons.
I am not horrendously happy in my choice of work.
– Kate Simpson