Word Gathering

Here’s a fun little exercise to give your muse some creative fuel:

Collect 16 words during the day. Find them on signs, food and clothing labels, junk mail, bumper stickers…wherever words lurk.

Use these gathered words to write about your day in any way you choose—realistically, impressionistically, fictionally. It could be a journal entry, a poem, a scene, a movie trailer review of your day. Write about specific events, or discuss your thoughts, dreams, an alternate reality version of today….Get creative!

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4 Responses to “Word Gathering”

  1. 1 Patrick Ross October 22, 2011 at 8:42 am

    What a fun exercise, Sandy! I have one word, “mulch,” on my mind because I’m about to go buy some for my yard. I think I’ll take one from your blog post, “impressionistically,” very curious about the prose that would combine those two!


    • 2 stranglingmymuse October 22, 2011 at 2:30 pm

      Oh, I love it, Patrick! Just the thought of combining those two words brings up all kinds of metaphors and images for me. Have fun with it! (And if you feel like sharing, I’d love to see what you come up with. But no pressure, ever…)


  2. 3 IsobelandCat October 24, 2011 at 1:48 am

    I like the sound of this one. I shall try to squeeze some time this week to give this one a go. Thanks!

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