Sometime last year, I bought a few old issues of mslexia off ebay. I’ve got a subscription but I wanted some more to read. The last couple I’ve looked at have had some interesting exercises to get you writing. And as one of my projects for this year is to get back into writing, I figured I should actually give them a go rather than just thinking “oh that’s an interesting idea”…
This is the one that got me onto my computer to write.
Write a list of professions. Come back later and write a list of emotions. Come back later again and write a list of objects.
Then there’s different ways you can use your lists but the idea is that it’s a springboard for a couple of sentences, an idea or a vignette.
I’m choosing three numbers at random and picking one word from each column accordingly.
So 1, 2 and 3 gives me a poet, anger and a banana…
8,9 and 7 gives me a poison taster, courageous and painting:
Everyone thought the poison taster was so brave, so courageous, risking her life each and every day for the sake of saving another. But she knew differently. It was a cop out. It was placing the risk in someone else’s hands. She felt no fear when she took that first bite or mouthful for her boss. She knew the outcome; live or die. But the second she sat at her easel and held a paintbrush in her hands, she froze. Her mind filled with anxiety, doubt, criticism. Overwhelming her, forcing her to turn away. The canvas remaining blank. A stark reminder to her of her cowardliness.
The painting remains unpainted. The poison taster poisoned.
What combinations do you get? What stories do they tell?