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12.07.2015 01:56    Comments: 0    Categories: Writing Prompts      Tags: writing prompt  sounds of silence  internet writers workshop  
Each of us needs a little urging at time to write and create. These 20 minute daily exercises will assist you in doing exactly that.

Each day a new topic or thought will be posted. Clear your mind, and then just let all the ideas that pop up come pooring out. You are encouraged to write for about 20 minutes. This will be fun and interesting and may lead to a longer story or even an idea for a book. Have fun, enjoy and share.

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Writing Prompt Topic: Sounds of Silence


This assignment deals with the absence of something, in this case sound. Describing the absence of something can be more difficult than describing something that is there.

A story might include a moment where the action ceases and all becomes quiet. Something shuts off, or stops moving and silence prevails. Perhaps the crying baby finally falls asleep, or the neighbor's dog stops barking. It is easy to describe noise, but how do you describe silence?

Choose a setting. Add some noise. Create an event that causes the noise to stop and show the reader what that "sounds" like. How does it feel? What emotions occur as a result of the silence? The silence might feel peaceful, comforting, relaxing, ominous, threatening, or foreboding.

A thought--total silence is rare. Will there be other sounds that begin to intrude on the silence?

The assignment: In 400 words or less, write a scene in which you depict total silence without using the words "silence," "quiet," or other synonyms.

Critique by assessing how well the essence of silence was portrayed. Could you "feel" the change from noise to quiet emotionally? Did it engender a certain mood? Was the story free from synonyms for silence?


Have fun!


This exercise first appeared at the Internet Writers Workshop

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