Fall Writing Exercise Series #14: Title Mania Plus with a Dive 03

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.
Title Mania Plus with a Dive 03

For today's writing exercise you will write a piece of poetry or prose which uses one of the following as its title. For a bonus challenge use the additional exercise of five random constraints.

  1. Inhale
  2. Watching The Princess Bride for the Hundred and Third Time I Have a Revelation
  3. Trinkets for Sale
  4. North Las Vegas, 3:25 a.m. 
  5. Chinese Finger Traps, String Cheese and Pixy Stix

Bonus Exercise: 5 Random Constraints
  1. Your first sentence must be five words long and end with the word "End".
  2. You must include at least six words which begin with the letter combination "Str".
  3. You must include one section of at least five consecutive words from the poem "On October 15th, a boy got me drunk and ever since," in the newest issue of The James Franco Review.
  4. You must include a question that is no more than three words long.
  5. You must describe the smell of something sweet.


If you'd like some background music to write to, try the Tycho album "Dive".