The Write-Brain Workbook
The Write-Brain Workbook : 'Emoti-Cans and Can'ts' Creative Writing Exercise

The Write-Brain Workbook 20 Day Challenge | Day 14

‘Emoti-Cans and Can'ts’ Creative Writing Exercise

By Bonnie Neubauer | Free PDF Download | 11/1/15

Does the subconscious mind understand negatives? Explore the possibilities in this visually engaging "emotion" and "icon" writing challenge!

‘Emoti-Cans and Can'ts’ Writing Instructions

Emoti-Cans and Can'ts1. Download and print the free Emoti-Cans and Can'ts creative writing exercise page.

2. Look at the ten emoticons on the page. To the side of each one, write the situation that prompted the expression. For example, Number 1 might be: Just ruined the surprise for a surprise birthday party. Number 2 could be: Going as one of the Blues Brothers for Halloween.

Pick a face/scenario combo that resonates with you. You are this person behind the face in this situation.

Write starting with: I can't...

This 'Emoti-Cans and Cant's' creative writing exercise is published with permission and is just one of 400 activities from Bonnie Neubauer's revised and expanded Write Brain Workbook.

Take the Next Step

Although it's not universally accepted, many people believe that the subconscious mind does not understand negatives. Hypnotists take the safe route and always speak in positives. When it comes to self-talk, especially about your writing and writing talent, it's also best to err on the side of caution. Be an EMOTI-CAN and talk positively to yourself by using words like can, not can't.

Next: Day 15: 'A Forkful of Spoonerisms' Exercise

Bonnie NeubauerBonnie Neubauer is the inventor of the Story Spinner and author of the revised and expanded deluxe edition of The Write-Brain Workbook. More »
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