Fall Writing Exercise Series #3: Title Mania Plus with Django 01

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 Django 01

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. At Nine on Halloween
  2. Around a Lamppost
  3. Feeding Pigeons Stale Bread
  4. Rheumatic 
  5. Growths

Bonus Exercise: 5 Random Constraints
  1. Your second paragraph or stanza must be one sentence of no more than 12 words.
  2. You must include at least five words which begin with the letter K
  3. You must begin three sentences or lines with the word "Tiny"
  4. You must include at least five words that rhyme with "Splat"
  5. You cannot use the words "Did" "Do, "Had" or "Has".


If you'd like some background music to write to, try Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli's album "I Got Rhythm".