Fall Writing Exercise Series #92 Title Mania Plus the Blues 14

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 the Blues 14

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. We Win Together
  2. 1000 Lily Pads
  3. "Textures in Pitch Black" and Other Song Titles From His Garage Band
  4. A Jaunty Tune
  5. Farther From the Sun

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 paragraph must include a drinking vessel/cup of some sort.
  2. You must include at least six words which begin with the letter combination "Tr".
  3. You must include at least 4 consecutive words from the poem "Fu er dai" by Stella Wong from the current issue of Poetry Northwest.
  4. You must include the words "Torpedo" "Escalate" "Genre" and "Scraped".
  5. Your piece must include an item with a coating of dust on it.


If you'd like some background music to write to, try Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton Play the Blues.