A Tale of a Table

by Nancy Casey

Tables are everywhere—in homes, workplaces, on downtown sidewalks. Today, choose a table in your life and write about it.

There are many ways you can write about a table. You can tell its history or you can explain the various useful things that it does. Your table doesn’t have to appear “normal.” Some tables get overturned, walked on, or folded up.

Some tables have been sold, lost, or destroyed, but they are remembered.

You can write from the perspective of the table if you like. What does the table think about the faces that hover over it or the things people put on it? Are there things that make it angry, tired or happy? Does it think about the future? Can a tablecloth change its attitude? What does it remember?

While you are thinking about what to write, set up your page. Draw a line where you can put a title after you have finished writing.

Set off an area for an illustration. You can draw a table, of course, but you can also draw anything you want. You can just doodle, or even color the whole illustration space one solid color. When you run your pen or pencil around on the page without any words involved, it relaxes your mind and helps you understand your writing better.

When you look back at your pages, the ones with the drawings look the best—no matter what you drew.

When you have filled the page, reread your work. Make small changes to the writing or the drawing if you need to. When you are satisfied with the page, give it a title and write the date on it, too.

Here is an example of what someone could write.

You can share your work by posting it as a comment below. You can type it in, or take a photo of it and upload the image.

Nancy Casey has lived in Latah County for many years. You can find more of her work here. She taught the Write-For-You writing class at the Recovery Center last summer and will return again in the spring. For more information about classes and writing certificates, contact Nancy or the Latah Recovery Community Center.

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