2021 Writing Exercise Series #332: Title Mania "Their Bodies" 30

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.

Title Mania "Their Bodies" 30

For today's writing exercise you will write a piece of poetry or prose that utilizes one of the following titles, and if you want extra 'bonus points' also include the three items from below the title list. These titles all come from the awesome David Wagoner poem "Their Bodies" which is featured in Poetry Out Loud.

  1. In Death
  2. Remember Her
  3. They Believed in Doctors
  4. Do Your Best to Learn
  5. If You're Not Certain
  6. Those Useful Bodies
Bonus Exercise: Three Things
(Your piece must also include the following three 'things', if you choose this option)
  1. A Scar
  2.  A Doctor
  3. A Gift

If you'd like some background music try this "Relaxing With Chinese Bamboo Flute, Guzheng, Erhu" playlist.