Great ImageYes, I know this should be the final information on A Simple Critique Process, and it is coming. Instead, with all the holiday activities, a brand new year starting, I wanted us a chance to get away from the resolutions lists, the sluggishness of our writing process  and add a kick to our creativity.

This is simple and fun. Of course you may have to get out of your chair, your home, but you will enjoy a small scavenger hunt. What better way to get the creative juices flowing; the possibilities of the unknown.

Think SHOE. Yes, you read this right — shoe. I want you to go to several shoe stores: a sports shoe store, a teenage shoe store, a shoe store in one of the ‘best’ stores, and a thrift store or a Goodwill location. Strange? Of course, but everything will fall into place. Be sure you have your cell camera ready or a sketch pad and a notebook is a definite.

Look at all of the shoes in ways that interest you. Some of these are new and some have been worn. In each store, pick one shoe that “speaks” to you. Take a snap shot, draw a picture, or make notes. Nothing more, at this time.

After you complete all the stores on your list and you have one shoe from each store, go home. Put all of this information away for the night, if you can. If not, listen to what each shoe is saying to you especially the worn shoe.

When you get up the next day, see what your inner child is relating to you. Look again at all the information you have compiled, and then let your creative side go to work. DO NOT censor anything from your mind to your keyboard.  Study each each shoe you picked from the new stores. Where do you want this shoe to take you? Who is beside you when you walk in this new shoe? Are you in the tennis shoe at the gym next to the big hunk? Or are you with a group of vibrant young ladies in 5 inch heels? With whom do you want to walk? Then go to the shoe from the Goodwill Store or a Thrift shop. Look carefully at the shoe, the color, the texture, the scuff marks and start your story. Where has this shoe been? Who wore this shoe? Why was this shoe worn and for What? When was this shoe last worn?

Now you have a story brewing. Use your creativity to let this shoe tell you its story. Spark you creativity and your writing. Use all the emotions you can release. Get your senses working overtime. Write and write and write.

Give 2013 your best through writing. I’d love to hear or read your stories on “Where has this shoe traveled?” Get outside the box for 2013. Create wherever you are. Unleash the creator inside you and harness the censor.

Happy New Year and Great Writing.