Fall Writing Exercise Series #20: Spontaneous Six Word Shootout 02

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.

Spontaneous Six Word Shootout 02

For today's writing exercise write a piece that includes the following six words. While it perfectly sets you up for a sestina, feel free to write whatever you'd like (but ya know, give that sestina a shot!).

Required Words: Sight, Date, Palm, Rose, Park, Ring

Bonus Exercise: As all of the words are homonyms, even if you aren't writing a sestina, include at least 2 different versions of each of the words (cite/site, date-fruit/date-occasion, palm-tree/palm-of-the-hand/psalm ring-phone/ring-finger/wring etc).

If you'd like some background music to write to, try Bobby McFerrin's "Spontaneous Inventions" performance.