Got Wheels?

by Nancy Casey

You’ll be writing about wheels today.

Before you begin, spend a minute or two getting ready. Organize your writing space a little bit. Get out your stuff. Arrange the things in front of you in a way that looks pleasing to you.  Take a breath or two. Wiggle your feet, hips and shoulders. Empty your mind of everything except wheels.

Draw a line at the top of the page where your title will go. Set aside some space for illustration if you like. Start drawing or doodling in it if it helps your mind focus.

Wait for an idea with a wheel in it to come into your mind. When it does, start writing.

You could consider all the forms of transportation that use wheels—cars, buses, trucks, trains, bicycles. Unicycles, grocery carts, wheelbarrows. Do you have any experience with these?

How do you imagine the wheels that people speak of poetically? Wheels of time and the seasons, for instance, or the wheel of life.

Have you ever wheeled around? Done a wheelie? What kind of wheel would you find in a wheelhouse? What will you get if you wheel and deal?

Have you ever built a wheel? Broken one? Been run over by one?

Is a fan a wheel? A roundabout? A galaxy?

Let your imagination run away with ideas about wheels and fill up your page with them.

When you get to the bottom of the page, look back over your work. Pause to add illustration or decoration if you like.

Do your ideas form any kind of a pattern? Do they seem to be about a bigger idea that you hadn’t really planned on writing about? If they do, maybe you can use that insight to think up a title. If they don’t, make up some kind of a title anyway and write it at the top of the page.

Put your initials or a signature on the page, too. And write the date on it. Here is just one 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. If you would like some help with your writing, contact Nancy or the Latah Recovery Center.

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