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

Updated on January 2, 2015

Billybuc’s challenge for us to find our voices as writers is 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!

Peace,

Bravewarrior




Shauna L Bowling

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I was howling on the first section about litter...it only got better after that. As for the challenge....FINE! I'll see what I can come up with, but only because you threw down the gauntlet. :)

      love you,

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, you really didn't think I'd let you get away without showing us what you can do outside your comfort zone, now did you?????

      Love Ya!

      Sha

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Fun, creative and just weird enough to be perfect for me...!!

      I am going to look forward to Bill's take on this as well.

      Voted UP and FABI. Love, Maria

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Me, too, Maria. I can't wait to see what Bill comes up with!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant Shauna and I loved it.

      Eddy.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you, Eddy. It was fun!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I got a good chuckle this morning..Well written and so many truths here. The message is strong for all us. Voting up and sharing!!!! Good work as always Bravewarrior.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you Carol. This exercise was a lot of fun! You should try it. It'll give your mind a fun break while sparking your creativity at the same time.

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      Ghost32 4 years ago

      ROFLMAO! Okay, Sha, you got me.

      --Litter for the kitties and the shitter they share--

      Finally, poetry to which I can relate!

      Your 3 Hubs (so far, anyway) based on exercises Bill suggested--excellent, though I reckon I'm a hopeless case. I never listen to anybody's good advice except when Becky Katz slaps me upside the head, pointing out an obvious boo-boo or a need for improvement in my writing. Mostly, I'm so "insulated in my own head" that bright ideas from other folks slide off my bald skull like the proverbial sky juice of a pato's back.

      Uh...off a duck's back. "Pato" being Spanish for duck. I think.

      Oh. Wow. Got me again. That 2005 photo of you smiling--what a hot chick!

      Wait, wait...gotta check my EMFOC (Etiquette Manual For Old Coots). Let's see, Chapter 5: When a Coot Can Get Away with Calling a Hot Chick a Hot Chick and When He'd Better Not Even Think About It. Yeah. That's the one.

      Whoa. This is complex stuff (*trails off, forgetting all about BraveWarrior's Hubs on Writing exercises...*)

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Ghost, you're a trip! You just made my day!!!! You can call me hot any day of the week. I'm not anymore, cuz I'm older now. Speaking of which. Back to your profile pic. You're much more good looking than the one you chose!

      I'm watching your genocide movie right now. Unbelievable!

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Okay, I feel challenged....

      This is awesome writing exercises. Bravo to billybuc for initiate this, and to you, bravewarrior, for meeting the challenge so easy and spontaneous.

      You were Beautiful in 2005 and you still are :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Martie, Bill is simply awesome. I still have two more parts to publish. I'm waiting on a response from some other writers to a question I posed before I can carry on.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from USA

      After reading all three parts to your writing exercises, I can say that your name fits you well. You are a brave warrior that has had many trials and errors come your way, but you haven't let it get you down to the point that you have lost your hope. I loved your poems in this section...something I am still trying to master. I will have to check out Billy's challenge and see if I can make the grade. Thanks for sharing your personal stories and tips for becoming a better writer.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Tlpoague, thanx for reading. Although I have to give Bill credit for the writing tips. I simply accepted his challenge. I guess I've been tackling challenges all my life, now that I think about it!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      This is great! I have memory problems, so this would actually help me build up a space in my brain to remember things that I forget each week at the grocery store!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Crafty, I add items to my grocery list as I get low on them. Making a poem out of my list was great fun!

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      Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      bravewarrior, you and billybuc have become my writing gurus! I love these exercises, and I especially love what you did with your shopping list--chuckling still ;)

      Your bright and positive attitude and energy are infectious my friend ;) Pearl

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Pearl, I had a blast with the grocery list. I challenged Bill to walk his talk, but I still haven't seen his grocery list. :-) We all know how he hates writing poetry, so I guess we'll let him slide.....

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      Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      bravewarrior, I would love to see that grocery list as well!

      I have been busy trying to catch up today; even though I dearly love my trees, it seems that some of them have grown taller than my satellite dish can throw its signal, especially when it rains! So I have to scramble when it isn't raining or windy....it's been both quite often this year so far.

      The fall season should help me out a lot ;) Pearl

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Pearl, can you call the satellite company and have them place your dish in a different spot or redirect it? I had the same problem when I had satellite TV.

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      Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      bravewarrior, it cost us $60 in a service call to find out that where the dish is at now is the only place it can receive the signal! I was hoping that it could be moved or raised or something, but we are in a densely-wooded area. The funny thing is, when the satellite dish was installed, the guy said it would be at least 10 years before those trees were in the way....it has only been 3 years!

      We're just waiting on a tree-topper company to find the time for us. Our driveway is too steep for a telescoping truck, so we need a climber that uses ropes. Trouble is, there has been so much rain this summer that he is way behind on his previous jobs. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we will be next in line ;) Pearl

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      While I see your dilemma, Pearl, your property sounds awesome!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      This is fun -- a shopping list that rhymes! It will sure make getting through Walmart Supercenter a little easier.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      It was fun, Flourish. You should try it!

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