Notebooking Daily Writing Exercise July 10, 2015

Daily Exercise Genre: The How-To.

Today we'll work with the good old 'how-to' genre. Write a 'list poem' (or a regular poem) or a piece of prose that explains various ways or steps in how-to do something.

Today's how-to is...

How to unwrite a letter.

As humans living along this one-way stream of time, we often wish we had a second chance at things. We wish for a do-over, a mulligan, because with our hindsight, we see all the things that were wrong with our first (and realistically our only attempt at that moment). For this exercise, imagine yourself the author of a letter that was written either in anger or in unfortunate enthusiasm, or in the sway of some powerful, but in hindsight misplaced emotion, and you must undo the letter somehow. Perhaps you obsess about it to the point where you learn to time travel, or you watch time unwind and it stops just as you are about to start the letter, or are about to seal it. Perhaps you're just sending a second letter to undo the damage of the first, or however you choose to interpret the 'unwrite a letter' for this purpose, is just fine and dandy.