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totally convoluted writing exercises : a cure for time

February 3, 2010

1.) Take a book of poems, it doesn’t really matter what kind of poems, only that the poems have titles.

2.) Pick 20 random titles and write a cinquain based on each title’s relationship to your thoughts on whatever it is you were trying to write in the first place

3.) Once you have your poems written, print them out and place them in an inverted triangle on your bedroom floor in order of word count.  (If you don’t have access to a printer, go ahead and skip the rest of the steps while you go to Kinkos.)

4.) Starting at the point of the triangle combine every other first stanza to make one poem made up entirely of first stanzas.

5.) Now, type the third word of the first line into and see if it sounds cooler in Italian.

6.) If it does then you’re ready to make your pie.  If it sounds better in English you’re ready to make a cobbler.

7.) Once you’ve eaten whichever one you made you may feel sleepy, which is good, since that’s the next step.

8.) Nap.

9.) See if you can remember the last time you ate an entire pie.

10.) Write a short story about that experience.

11.) Now, write it from the point of view of the pie.

12.) See if you remember what you were trying to write about at the beginning of this exercise, which was about 3 days ago now.  If you do remember, repeat steps 5-12.  If you don’t then tomorrow morning you’ll be ready to write, and if not tomorrow morning, definitely tomorrow afternoon.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Thomas permalink
    February 4, 2010 7:34 am

    I’m almost right there with you. I need to know what a cinquain is though.

  2. February 12, 2010 10:32 am

    I think all words sound cooler in Italian. Great way to use I love it!

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