Inexplicably, The Wayward Bus, by John Steinbeck has been popping in and out of my head over the past couple weeks. It wasn’t my favorite of his novels, but I keenly remember admiring his ability to turn something simple like a bus ride into a novel. Steinbeck’s descriptive abilities are unparalleled, but we could certainly practice and strive towards his level.

This prompt is a challenge to describe the mundane. Attempt to look at the world around you with new eyes. Reexamine the things you do on a day to day basis and turn it into a drama. Of course, you’ll have to take a few creative liberties, but that’s part of the exercise.

Consider writing about:

  • your drive to work
  • the bedtime routine with your children
  • a lunch break walk to get food
  • a boring meeting

Don’t limit yourself to this short list, but try to write about something you wouldn’t normally find exciting.

Turn off your tv, write every day, and push yourself to always improve your craft.

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