2021 Writing Exercise Series #195: Beginning, Middle & End 18

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.

Beginning, Middle & End 18

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, includes another thing or event somewhere beyond the first and before the last stanza/paragraph, and ends with another required 'thing'.

Begin WithAn earthquake.

Somewhere in the middle: A horse throws its rider.

End WithA bunch of grapes being eaten.

Extra Credit RequirementsYour title or first line must include the word "Equipped", and we should get at least three sentences which begin with "It's not".


If you'd like some background writing music try The Bill Evans Trio's 1962 album "Moon Beams" .