What’s Electric?

What’s Electric?

by Nancy Casey

Electricity. We all use it. But can you see it? Hear it? Taste it?

Today, write a page about the electricity around you. Where does it come from? Where does it go? How do you know it’s there?

Think about that while you get yourself set up to write.

Begin with a clean sheet of paper. Draw a line at the top of the page where your title will go. Set aside some space for illustration if you like.

Take a breath or two. Wiggle around a little to loosen yourself up, and write the first thought about electricity that comes into your mind.

Maybe the electricity that runs in and out of your life in wires comes to mind. You could recount everything you know about that.

If you are scientifically inclined, you might be able to explain a lot about electricity from a scientific point of view.

You could describe the electricity that can be found in nature. Is there electricity in your body? In outer space?

Sometimes electricity is used metaphorically. What does it mean to feel electric? Or to say that there is electricity between two people?

Fill a page with your electrical thoughts. Draw or doodle on the page, too if you like.

When you have finished the page, look back over your work. 

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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