Tuesday, May 5, 2009

May Mania ~ Stretch #5

Sometimes it's good to put yourself in a box. Not a literal cardboard box, but a word box. When you have a solid surround and some restrictions in which to confine and structure your jots of pen, you can often come up with something wonderful. It's great fun, like trying to make messages out of your alphabet soup. Yeah. I've done that. So what? Here's your next challenge. Get boxy.

For this exercise, choose fifteen random words that are completely unrelated and use them in a story of 1500 or less.

If you're too lazy to comprise a list, you can use mine: wicked, forest, obedient, prayer, quirky, dawn, brainteaser, birth, plow, virulence, zephyr, asunder, sprightly, riot, door.

Go find a creative burst in absolute randomness.

~ Signing off and sending out cyber hugs.


  1. Hey, Courtney! It's been a while since I've visited your site. I wanted to thank you for your comment on my blog. I love your stretches. I'll have to visit more often and take advantage of your stretches. Love it! Blessings...Lynn

  2. Gosh! You sure think a lot about the mechanics of putting pen to paper... or typing, as it were. Spewing words out of my brain has never seemed so complicated!

  3. It's not complicated or about mechanics. This is just a way to get creative juices flowing again if you're feeling a block. Sometimes some structure and direction is actually more freeing than not knowing what in the world you want to write.

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