Writing Prompt: Favorite Place To De-stress

By Marilyn Friedman

Sometimes, amidst the never-ending to-do lists and carting myself from Writing Pad East to Writing Pad West in bumper to bumper traffic, I have a moment of clarity and realize, “I NEED TO GET THE HELL OUT OF THIS CITY FOR A MINUTE!”
The passion and creativity of LA is frenetic and contagious, but even the strongest motors need a rest from time to time. Jeff and I just got back from a lovely weekend in the mountains of Idyllwild, one of my favorite places to escape to in Southern California, and that’s the inspiration for today’s writing prompt (at the bottom of this post).
Also, if you don’t have time to do get out of LA this week, you can at least escape from your computer screen for a few hours with us this Tues. night at Writers With Drinks at Tony’s Downtown Saloon! It’s free, and it’s a great way to network with editors and other writers. Tony’s and Pizzanista will be offering special literary drinks and pizza slice deals just for us. Hope to see you there.
Below are are the latest class options as well as a free writing prompt. Enjoy! 

April Events:

Creative Writing/Multi-Genre

Fiction/Memoir

Journalism/Web Writing

Writing For Actors
Screenwriting


Writing Prompt:
Where do you go when the 24-7 connectivity and bill paying and paper pushing take their toll on the primitive part of your brain? How do you unwind? With summer fast approaching, sometimes an afternoon of hiking in the outdoors will erase a week’s worth of f-bombs behind the wheel on the 405.
Make a list of three places you go to (or have gone to) to escape the stress of life. Pick one. Write down a sensory detail (smell, taste, sound, touch). Now write for 10 minutes about this place and something that happened there (or an ode to this place), making sure to include the sensory detail. When you are finished, post your story in the comments of this blog!
Where do you go to melt the stress away? Don’t forget to share the results of your 10 minute write in the comments of this blog to be entered in the contest for a free class!
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