Word for Word

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Today I’m delving into the words box looking for some inspiration.

You might have tried this exercise before – but probably not with this set of words.

The box is stuffed to the brim with random words *snipped from magazines. We often delve into it at our writing group meetings. It shows how we can start with the same few words as prompts – but we’ll all end up with different stories.

Just for the craic, see if you can weave these ten words into one piece of writing. Today you can choose to write a poem, story or some creative non-fiction, your choice. But try to make sense – or if you don’t, make it entertaining nonsense.

I fished the following words from the box:

  • Straight
  • Grease
  • Spinning
  • Everything
  • Crackers
  • Essential
  • Thirst
  • Pressure
  • Changes
  • Advanced

How many extra words do you have to add to these to make a story? It’s a trick question. A bit like how long is a piece of string?

*I have a busy and fulfilling life that doesn’t require me to cut up magazines just for the purposes of making a blog post! This box of words has been going for many years, and I add to it whenever I am inclined (and have magazines and scissors to hand).

Every Wednesday afternoon at 5pm (Dublin time) I post a new creative writing prompt and suggest a way in which you can use it to write short stories, flash fiction, poetry, memoir or creative non-fiction. I began this as a Lockdown project for my creative writing groups, creating 42 daily writing prompts and exercises, knowing 42 is the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything (as the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams explains in full). It began here. When the 42 days were up, I decided to post weekly.