Fall Writing Exercise Series #30 Title Mania Plus Fever Dreams 05

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 Fever Dreams 05

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. Too Flippant
  2. On Top of Spaghetti
  3. Popular But Terrible Opinions 
  4. An Hour Before Sunrise 
  5. Buoyancy

Bonus Exercise: 5 Random Constraints
(I recommend picking any required words or lines before writing with a little surplus for options, but with your chosen title in mind)
  1. Your first sentence must include a list of three items.
  2. You must include at least six words which begin with the letter combination "Pr".
  3. You must include one full line from the wonderful listing poem "Dynamite Honey" in the newest issue of Jelly Bucket, Eastern Kentucky University's print literary journal.
  4. You must include a rhetorical question.
  5. You must describe the taste of something spicy.


If you'd like some background music to write to, try the instrumental album "Fever Dream" by the late great producer and rapper Alias aka Brendon Whitney.