Writing Exercise Week 3: Busting down the brick wall

For this week’s exercise, I’m pulling inspiration from a wonderful quote by Randy Pausch, author of THE LAST LECTURE.

Last Lecture

Brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want something badly enough. They are there to keep out the other people.”

I. Love. That.

Seriously, doesn’t it make you want to write today? So let’s write.

For Writers:

Think of a character–any character–a new one, an old one, or one from a current manuscript. What’s behind his or her brick wall? Set your alarm for fifteen minutes and complete this sentence:

[Insert name] shattered the brick wall with a [insert tool] and saw …

For Illustrators:

Your character had just broken down a brick wall that’s been haunting them for years. What do they see?


Also, don’t forget … registration is now open for our next wonderful, awesome, don’t-you-miss-it SCBWI MD/DE/WV spring conference! Go here for details!

And have you been following our SCBWI MD/DE/WV twitter feed? The lovely Kerry Aradhya has been tweeting her heart out with all sorts of juicy stuff. Be sure to check it out!

One more thing. Please forward all good news, announcements, questions, and what-have-you to laura.bowers@comcast.net so Susan and I can post it here on the blog. We love sharing good news!

Happy writing and drawing, everyone!

About Laura Bowers

Laura is a writer, runner, reader, runDisney addict, blogger/vlogger at Write, Run, Rejoice and Joyful Miles, mom of two awesome boys, wife of one fantastic husband, excellent chili maker, and obsessive list keeper. She loves run-on sentences and adverbs. She also still thinks Spice World was an awesome movie and feels no shame about that.
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2 Responses to Writing Exercise Week 3: Busting down the brick wall

  1. ediehemingway says:

    Laura, thanks for another great post. This exercise came at just the right time for me. I’m sitting in my writing cabin, struggling with one of my characters, and I just gave him a tool…

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