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Writing Exercises - H.O.W. to Better Yourself and the World - Part Three

Updated on November 1, 2020
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Shauna's preferred genre is fiction. She particularly enjoys rising to a challenge posed by fellow artists.

Billybuc’s challenge for us to find our voices as writersis a good one to take on. I urge all of you to do so. You will learn things about yourself of which you may not have been aware.

The first part of the challenge was a soul searching exercise. I didn’t realize it as such until I put the words on paper. Many of you have offered wonderful comments and I appreciate each and every one.

Now for the next part, we lift the mood a little and have some fun. Are you ready? Here we go!

My real time grocery list
My real time grocery list | Source
Me in 2005.  Despite what I'd been through I still smile.
Me in 2005. Despite what I'd been through I still smile. | Source

Write a grocery list in poetic form. Weird for sure, but weird is good in writing.

Before I begin, you must know this is the actual grocery list I have right now. Yes, I make a grocery list. Doesn’t everyone?? Well, if you are anal about organization as I am, you do!

Litter for the kitties

And the shitter they share

Dry cat food is a must

Cuz if I don’t mix it with wet

Three sets of eyes give me

The Evil Cat Stare!

Peanut butter x 2

One for me and one for my son

Oh look it’s on sale

Buy one and get one!

B Complex is next

And I have a coupon!

Save a dollar I will

Take that, Groupon!

S bread means bread for Shauna

And I eat Pumpernickel

of which my son always makes funna.

Shall I give him a pickle?

Paper towels are a must

(if you need to know they’re to clean up hairballs

I don’t use them to dust).

Further down the list

It’s Rosemary I find

The perfect complement to

Parsley, sage and thyme.

Winn Dixie has mushrooms

Two for four

I hope they’re Portabella, not Belladonna

Or I’ll never find the door!

Coffee I must have

I prefer it to tea

Until I’ve had my first cup

Don’t even think of speaking to me!

Juice is a staple and it must be 100 percent

I mix it with rum

To enhance the ferment.

Corn on the cob is three for one

I’ll try it and see if it pleases my son.

Shredded cheddar I keep

For the recipes I seek,

because for the grater I’d rather not reach.

And last on the list is a must in my house

That, my friends is eggs

Organic and free range because

I am no louse!

So now you know my secrets

From kitties to belly.

Oh, I almost forgot

Incense to provide my house

With really awesome smelly!

I hope you had as much fun reading this as I did putting it together. Now on to the next exercise on Billybuc’s list:

Write a definition from the dictionary for some random word, and then re-write it using your current voice. Note the differences. Then re-write it again as a limerick.

Uh oh, I might be in trouble here! Ok. Let’s give it a shot. Here I go to Uncle Random, opening a random (chuckle, chuckle) page and pointing with my eyes closed. Let’s see what we come up with.

Oh, I have to laugh. Guess where I landed? Money bag! Here’s what the Random House Dictionary has to say:

n. 1. a bag for money. 2. moneybags, informal, a wealthy person.

My definition: n. 1. Informal but well understood , something that will never be filled.

Now for the limerick:

I once was given a bag

Empty inside, what a drag!

“It’s for money,” they cried

“Are you totally fried?”

With that I lit me a fag.

These portions of the exercise were a lot of fun. I urge you to try it yourselves. For those of you who happen upon this article, meet the challenge. Adding fun and laughter to your lives will make you feel better about yourself and all those around you. Share your tomwillary with the world and make it a better place.

The next part in this series is going to entail some homework on my part. You may find yourselves taking part in my assignment. When I’ve done my research, I’ll post the findings in part four.

And now, a special note to Bill: consider yourself officially dared my friend. This is totally out of your comfort zone. Let’s see you walk the talk!

Laughter is the Best Medicine

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Shauna L Bowling


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