Write for ten minutes about the time you were a baby.
Prewriting: Sit on a chair or lay on your bed or go into child’s pose which is a very relaxing position that is supposed to be calming and restorative and make you feel like you are back in your womb which is a little disturbing. Do one of these things. Then close your eyes and imagine the time you were a baby. Maybe a real life baby, with a mom holding you. Or maybe a kindergarten baby, born in the gravy. Or maybe the kind of baby that marries a boy she met on a blind date and had no idea what was going to happen. Whatever baby comes to mind, go for it. Picture yourself. What do you feel? What do you see? What do you look like? Who is there? Who isn’t there? Is it hot? Is it cold? Are you happy? Sad? Scared?
Writing: For ten minutes write about that baby. Write whatever comes to your head. A fight you had with your mom. A dog that almost bit your face. The time you crawled in the closet and bawled your face off.
1. Don’t stop writing even if you run out of things to say. Keep your fingers moving even if you just write “I don’t know what to say. I never was a baby. Babies throw up and they stink like poo and one time I was babysitting and a baby had a blow out and it got all over my hands and shirt that I had just bought at H&M . . . ” You get the idea. Don’t stop.
2. Don’t edit. Don’t worry about whether your writing is good or bad. Don’t think about who might read it. Don’t think about where this piece of writing might end up. Just let it be written to be written. Let yourself go.
Set a timer for ten minutes and write.
Post writing: Sit back. Eat a fresh peach. Be done. Unless you want to write again and if you do, close your eyes and picture yourself as a baby in another stage. Keep going.
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