2020 Writing Exercise Series #13: Beginning & Ending with the Unwanted 2

The Notebooking Daily 2020 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.
Beginning & Ending with the Unwanted 2
For today's writing exercise you will write a piece of poetry or prose which begins with one image, scenario, line of dialog or place and ends with another, and an optional additional requirement.

Begin WithSomeone scraping mud or animal poop from their shoe/boot.

End WithSomeone crumpling up an important piece of paper and throwing it in a garbage can (could even be money, lottery ticket, deed, patent application etc).

Extra Credit RequirementsInclude as a setting or a reference the city Pripyat; and the words: "Knapsack" "Excise" "Jubilee" "Schadenfreude" and "Whippet".


If you'd like some background music, try Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for Lute.