With all of the excitement of last week’s book release (oh my god, here’s a link! Go buy it, it’s fantastic! Impress all your friends with the cultured look of carrying around a poetry book–classy my friend, very classy: No Small Things: The Beautiful Stuff Poetry Anthology 2019-2020) and a very personally busy week, I missed last Thursday’s lesson.
That’s probably going to happen from time to time in the next few months. I am in a strange season in my life and coping with some heavy changes. Add to that work, kids, parents, and school and I’m lucky I even remember to put on pants in the morning.
So–there may be some weeks that come and go without my lovely presence streaming across the ‘universe’ at you, but rest assured, I’ll always come back. And here I am. So let us commence.
This weeks creative exercise is really short and easy so I’m asking that you do it twice.
1.) Pull out the dictionary
*Don’t have one? What? Shut the front door! Every household should have a dictionary. Fine. Ugh. Go online if you must to: Who Doesn’t Own a Dictionary?
2.) If you’re an actual writer with a dictionary (yeah, I said that…I don’t cut often but when I do, I cut deep) blow the dust off. If you’re using the internet, order a dictionary then continue on (free snark given to those not owning a dictionary)
3.) Flip to a random page and chose a random word. Read all about it, and then…
4.) Take that word, and the one before it and after it and compose a 500-1000-word short story using those three words.
Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
If you want a little something more, do it again (or use the same three) and write a poem using those words.
Okay, there you go. I’d better go put my old nose back to the grindstone. Happy Writing.