Do you sometimes dread writing because you can't think of a thing to write about? Are you stuck in your story and can't figure out what comes next? Or, does your writing group need a fun game to play to get your creative juices going? I found a great exercise to help!
At a recent Writers' Group meeting, we played a fun game called Exquisite Corpse: A Surrealist Writing Exercise for Groups. This game was a great ice breaker and resulted in some highly original story starters or poems.
To play: Everyone has a blank piece of paper. At each prompt, each person writes the word on their paper, folds it under. Then they pass their paper on the the person on their left. They write down the next prompt (adjective or noun or number, etc) and keep passing it on. (To see all the prompts, go to the link) After the 8th prompt, unfold the paper you are holding and read your strange sentence out loud.
Here are what we came up with:
The bubbly mink sees 5,000 interesting humming birds.
The stupendous rake sees 7 copious Yoshies.
A hot banana remembers 1,782,245 sweaty coyotes.
A soggy bench sees one zillion sweaty tables.
The happy book squirted 18 pretty chickens.
Try it with your group! What can you come up with?
Tomorrow: how many What if? questions can you think of: