Fall Writing Exercise Series #41: Six Word Shootout with Jetpacks 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.

Six Word Shootout with Jetpacks 05

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!). Also feel free to make slight alterations to the required words if you want to avoid that eye-pokey repetition you can find in sestinas sometimes.

Required Words: Tell, Poker, Flop, Weak, Club, Squirm

Bonus Exercise: That's right, you're perfectly set up for a gambling piece. For a little bonus inspiration, try setting your game on a picnic table in either a very busy city park or a deserted one.

If you'd like some background music to write to, try "These Four Walls" from Scottish indie rockers with one of the best band names around dealing with the disappointments of the past's 'future' We Were Promised Jetpacks.