Writing takes research. Yes, you're brilliant and amazing, but your writing nevertheless takes research, even if you're writing a personal essay or a memoir.
Some writers resist research - if this is you, this week's journal exercise may help you to discover how research can enrich your writing.
Write 250 to 500 words about the house you lived in when you were ten years old, told from the point of view of someone else - another member of your family, or a fictional character.
Either before you write, or afterward, do a little research. You can research in any way you choose: look at photographs, talk to your parents or other relatives about what they remember, or read old newspapers at the library.
Now weave three nuggets of information you've gathered from your research into your story.
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