Collaborative Writing: First Lines
A writing exercise that you can do with another person, a group, or on your own.
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This is a writing exercise that you can do with another person, a group, or on your own.
Set a timer for 5-7 minutes and write a list of 10-20 or more unconnected sentences. Give each sentence its own line. Don’t think about what you are writing, just make sure you have a long list of sentences.
If you are writing collaboratively, then share your lines with the group.
Pick a line that someone else has written and that resonates with you. Then start with that line and keep writing for 10 minutes. Don’t think about what you are writing. Just keep your hand moving. If you get stuck, repeat the line your chose over and over until you get unstuck.
Create a story, poem, or play from the results.
“My Life is a Joke” by Sheila Heti, The New Yorker
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