Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Fall Writing Exercise Series #4: 3x5x10 Wordbank 1

The Notebooking Daily Fall Writing Series is a daily writing exercises for both prose writers and poets to keep your creative mind stretched and ready to go—fresh for your other writing endeavors. The writing prompts take the impetus—that initial crystal of creation—out of your hands (for the most part) and changes your writing creation into creative problem solving. Instead of being preoccupied with the question "What do I write" you are instead pondering "How do I make this work?" And in the process you are producing new writing.

These exercises are not meant to be a standard writing session. They are meant to be productive and to keep your brain thinking about using language to solve simple or complex problems. The worst thing you can do is sit there inactive. It's like taking a 5 minute breather in the middle of a spin class—the point is to push, to produce something, however imperfect. If you don't overthink them, you will be able to complete all of the exercises in under 30 minutes.

3x5x10 Wordbank 1

For today's writing exercise complete the following steps.

1) Pick one word from each of three groups and write a sentence that includes all of the words, feel free to change tense, pluralize, gerund etc. 
2) Repeat the process ten (10) times using different combinations. No dawdling!
3) Now write a piece of fiction or poetry that uses at least three (3) of those sentences. Try to use as many of the sentences or fragments of your sentences as you can.

Word Bank 1:
  • Explicit
  • Triumphant
  • Tool
  • Flute
  • Harden
Wordbank 2:
  • Swelter
  • Hunt
  • Chore
  • Flit
  • Crow
Wordbank 3:
  • Maple
  • Tangelo
  • Chunky
  • Port
  • Planter


If you'd like some background music to write to, try folk musician Emmylou Harris' Greatest Hits.


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