Prepared by: Rebecca Marshall-Courtois
Posted on: March 17, 2002
Reposted on: April 13, 2003
Reposted on: June 5, 2005
Reposted on: June 25, 2006
This is a basic writing exercise, useful
Pick three or four words at random - open
newspaper, whatever. There are no restrictions on the words you may
but if you have trouble choosing, I suggest picking one word
colour, one place name, and one physical object - pick the first word
comes to mind when you think of each category. So for example, I might
start with the words "brown, Paris, creamer". Once you have picked the
words, think about what those words mean to you, or what they might
a character. Then write a scene that uses those words, as meaningfully
Target length is 250-350 words.
Rebecca Marshall-Courtois's wrap-up
Posted on: April 20, 2003
Although I remained an outside observer
this week, I
opportunity to read both the submissions and critiques for this
intended to post my own submission, but my three words quickly
themselves into a three-thousand word story, signaling the end of a
case of writer's block. Since that day, I haven't stopped typing away
keyboard, and it's left me little time for much else. But it's
I invented this little game to stir my own
and use it
short on ideas, and it warmed me to see that it's helped spark so many
for the members of this list. One other member even said that it cured
writer's block as well. Bravo!
A number of posts constituted great
beginnings that I
fleshed out into full-length stories, and a few of you even succeeded
creating fine flash pieces. But the great variety of both words and
that passed through my in-box was what impressed me the most. I not
learned a new word, but I was also impressed with your vivid
There's a lot of creativity flowing on this list, and it's always
see what a few words picked at random can become.
Again, thank you for this opportunity.
Best of luck to
all of the
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