For today's exercise, try freewriting in your writing notebook for at least a half an hour about a very distant memory. In fact, it may be a story from your life that is so vague you're not sure if it's something you remember or something you have been told about over the years. It might even be something you glimpsed in a photograph or home video. As you write about this memory, think about why it matters to you. Don't worry about how much of it actually happened and how much of it you have created to fill in the blanks. You aren't looking to capture an accurate report of events. Instead, you will be trying to capture an emotional truth, a glimpse at something very far back and very deep within your life memories. If you need to fabricate details, let yourself do this. Was the carpet green or blue? You decide. Was it pouring rain or only slightly misting? You create the setting, the mood, and anything else you need to make this memory come to life on the page.
Have fun, and please feel free to let me know how it goes. Happy writing and happy weekend!