King Arthur’s knights quested after the Holy Grail. I, however, perpetually quest for ways to make writing fun. I even posted a request for “writing fun suggestions” at the Writing Camp with JJS Facebook page recently.
In a few spare moments on a Saturday night I decided to visit twitter’s #amwriting feed. I came upon a post with a headline very hype-y but obviously it made me click.
Hyperbole is much alive in this title “This Fun Creative Writing Exercise Will Change Your Life”.
Seriously? One writing exercise will change my life?
I can’t support that wildly reaching proclamation but the article did, help me give birth to a poem draft. I haven’t written as much poetry lately and it made me sad. Writing a quick draft - badly on purpose - felt exceptional.
Does this change my life?
This creative writing exercise is most of all enjoyable and yes, it does get one’s pencil moving. Here is what I quickly wrote, attempting to write poorly as my theme:
Bad Poem: Take First
Sisyphus expels fiction
Portable headstones rumbling nowhere
Fused opinions laugh at sweat
Mangle Josephine and Scarlet and Rastafarian hats
(Not even sure if that is a word, I continue)
Rain doesn’t come here
Snow doesn’t come here
Pacifists don’t come here
Snaggletooth and mulberries are frowned upon
over there though their new wall and
attempt at visibility works
Voo doo doll paves the way
So this is how this works?
First shots. Not a dunk or lay up
Hula hoop falls down the hips
Too many EL Fudge cookies
leave her belly trapezoidal
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