2020 Writing Exercise Series #359: Title Mania Plus 56

The Notebooking Daily 2020 Writing Series is here! These are 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 56

For today's writing exercise you will write a piece of poetry or prose which uses one of the following as its title. Before you write, first read the poem from which the titles are selected. For a bonus challenge use the additional exercise of five random constraints.

Today's titles come from the poignant poem "Water Glasses" by Cameron Morse in the newest issue of Dreginald. Go read it first! Maybe draw a little inspiration from it as well.

  1. Of Protein
  2. Too Many Sausage Links
  3. Thirstier
  4. In the Mailbox, Yes, The Mailbox
  5. To Carry
  6. Walking Along Golfview Drive
Bonus Exercise: Three Things
(Your piece must also include the following three 'things', if you choose this option)
  1. A Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
  2. A Salamander
  3. Oak Leaves

If you'd like some background music to write to, try this "lofi songs for cold days" lofi mix.