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