My goal here at Cask & Quill is to help you immerse yourself in a literary life. To me, that means surrounding yourself with books and everything that goes along with them on a daily basis. This site is for writers and readers who want to cram MORE literature into their days beyond reading often. It’s for those who want to enrich their whole lives with the magic we find in books.
We talk a whole lot about reading here, but there would be no reading without writing. I know there are a great many of us who don’t get around to writing as much as we wish we did. Or maybe we just never get around to trying it. Life gets in the way, but what if we could make writing PART of life?
I am very excited to announce that a new weekly feature here on Cask & Quill will be Writing Wednesdays! I hope you will join me as we discuss, bemoan, try, learn and appreciate writing. Any level of experience is more than welcome. Whether you’ve been writing consistently for years or have just started to wonder about writing, come on in. We’ll be trying out writing prompts, sharing our experiences and helping to inspire and encourage each other.
Even if you’ve never fancied yourself a writer or you’ve never picked up a pen with the thought of creating something for its own sake, I welcome you to give it a try now. This is a judgment free zone!
How is this going to work? I imagine we’ll be discovering that as we go, but I would like to share a prompt, writing exercise or idea that we can all try. Feel free to write it directly in the comment section of that week’s post. If you’re not ready to share what you’ve written, that’s okay! Just leave a comment letting us know you tried it and what you learned. If you like, share your piece with a photo on Instagram using #QuillClub and please feel free to tag me @caskandquill.
Our first writing prompt is this: Take ten minutes, set a timer if you need to, and start writing about the quality of the light wherever you are.
Inside or outside. Doesn’t matter. Just go for it. Follow wherever this topic takes you. Just keep writing. Don’t stop to reread what you’ve got so far. Don’t cross anything out. Pretend your backspace button doesn’t exist. Spel evrything wrongg. Don’t pause to think what to say next, just start out with something like, “The light in/out here is…” and don’t stop writing or typing until the ten minutes are up.
Everyone has ten minutes to spare today! If not today, sometime this week. Take ten minutes of your lunch break and write about the blinding fluorescent lights in your office. Ten minutes before you go to bed write about the light at your bedside table illuminating a corner of the room. What does it make you think of? What can you compare the light to? You might start with the light and at the end of ten minutes find yourself talking about your dad’s famous pancakes. Just give it a try! It doesn’t have to be good. Don’t edit it. Don’t make it into something you think is incredible. This is practice! There is no wrong way to do this. If it’s awful, who cares? You’re getting the bad ideas out! Share it in the comments below when you’re done.
Now, ready? GO.