2021 Writing Exercise Series #47: Inspired By 4... "Falling Knives..."

The 2021 Writing Series is a series of daily writing exercises for both prose writers and poets to keep their 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.

This is not a standard writing session. This is pure production—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 it, you will be able to complete all of the exercises in under 30 minutes.

Inspired By 4... "Falling Knives..."

For today's writing exercise you will first read a short piece of writing, and then respond using one of the following prompts. 

Today's inspiring piece of writing is the powerful poem "Falling Knives Have No Handles" by the poet Grace Day who seems to be in just about every literary magazine out there! This poem was published in the brand spanking new July 2020 issue of the journal Bodega.

Seriously. Go read it. I'll wait.

I mean it, jumping right to the prompts will be borderline pointless as they won't have context. It's a 2 minute read, you got this.

This is lovely poem about a relationship (potentially a world) falling apart, and the desire for the pieces to fit together properly. For there to be a clean kitchen for once. Okay, now that you've ACTUALLY READ the poem, let's write something.

1. Object: Write a piece that includes a Bell Pepper.
2. Titles: Write a piece using one of the following titles selected from the piece:
1) Tiny Corpses 2) Ice Cream Sundaes in Bed 3) On a Front Porch Swing 4) We Are Dreaming of Empty Hands and Clean Kitchens 5) Each Time We Sleep 6) Cold Days in November 
3. Form: Poetry—Write a piece of poetry in one stanza that is fifteen lines that are at least ten syllables each. Fiction—write a flash fiction that is one long paragraph (no more than 2 pages).
4. Wordbank: A cross between a cento and an erasure, you can think of this as being like magnetic poetry on a refrigerator. Copy the text from the poem and paste it into a word document. Create a new piece using only words from that 'bank', when you use a word, highlight it in the bank and either 'strikethrough' or add a black background so you don't use a word twice.
5. Beginning Middle & End: Using the same 'things' from the piece's beginning/middle/end. For today begin your piece with a broom, in the middle there must be the appearance of ice cream, and in the end, as is fitting for the last year, we must get a knife, however you get from one to the other, make it your own.


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