Friday, January 15, 2016

Rhymebank exercise: Wheat

For today's Rhymbank exercise you will follow a series of steps and then produce a piece using some of the generated lines or phrases.

1) Take just a couple minutes and jot down/type all rhymes and slant rhymes (include phrases for multi-syllabic words/feminine rhymes) you can think of just off the top of your head for the word: Wheat.
2) Pick three of those words you wrote down. For each word and the original write three poetic lines or sentences (12 total).
3) Pick two of those sentences/lines that do not use the word at the end and and rephrase it so that it is the last word in the line or sentence.
4) Look up more rhymes for Wheat and pick a few that you hadn't thought of if you can. If there aren't any, pick two more from your list.
5) Write three poetic lines or sentences using two of the additional words (6 total).
6) Pick a grain, any grain. This is a little more specialized. Look into the different types of grain and their cultivation and write down some interesting developments. If you can't find developments that seem interesting to you, maybe you should rethink your profession, being a writer is essentially being a freelance researcher, and you need to be able to see the interesting side of almost anything.
7) Write a poem or flash fiction that includes at least two of the facts or quotes that you wrote down about grains. If you didn't write down two facts about grains you should certainly feel ashamed. Come on now, these plants are the basis of your life. Read. And try to utilize as many of the lines or sentences you have already written. Of course tweaking is both allowed and encouraged to make the lines and facts work, but don't be afraid of unexpected jumps or unintuitive leaps in topic or tone. Sometimes that jarring change produces a really great effect in the reader. Bonus points if you write a rhyming poem or a ghazal.

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