Sandbox Challenge #6: It’s Okay to Play with Your Words

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Today’s Challenge:

  1. Find some words and phrases you like. Places to search for these: inside the books on your shelves, in magazines or newspapers, on the Internet, out of the mouths of people near you, from your favorite poems, anywhere else words lurk. Or grab some from my word pile. Take phrases from several different sources if that feels right.
  2. Piece your found words and phrases together in any way that appeals to you to create: a dreamy paragraph, a prose poem, a poignant line, a silly sentence, a haiku, anything that catches your fancy.
  3. Feel free to add your own words as you write.
  4. Don’t judge yourself. Be as silly as you want. Pretend you’re a little kid playing one of your favorite games. Paste wings on your words and see if they fly or if they crash in an impressive explosion.
  5. If you like, post your creations in the “Pile on the Creativity” section of the Reader’s Sandbox. (I love it when people share!)
  6. Most importantly, make sure you’re having fun while doing this!

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8 Responses to “Sandbox Challenge #6: It’s Okay to Play with Your Words”

  1. 1 Heather Conroy October 17, 2009 at 2:08 am

    Hi Sandy,

    That was fun and suprisingly relaxing! Have a look in the plies of creativity.


    • 2 stranglingmymuse October 18, 2009 at 12:01 pm

      Wonderful piece you posted in the Sandbox! I like that you had fun doing it, and even more that you found it relaxing. This might be a good warm-up exercise for you before starting more serious writing, since it relaxes you and gets the creativity flowing.

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