Five Steps To A Fun-For-Writers Saturday Morning- Even for Kids!
1. First, get out a blank page. Feel free to open a new document on your confuser, get out a pen and a blank piece of paper, or even whip out your old-school typewriter, really fun after you get the ink from changing the ribbon off your hands.
2. Next, write the first word that comes to your mind. When I did this exercise this morning, the first word I thought of was “Shake.” Why not?! So I wrote it down.
3. Then, the hard part: write another word. Why is this hard? Because for this exercise to work, the second word must be random and disconnected from the first. Randomness rankles your perfectionistic inner writer. Do it anyway!
4. After you write the second word, write a third, fourth, and so on. After a few words, you can start a new line. It doesn’t matter where you break the line. Just do it when it feels right. And as you write, don’t forget the most crucial step of all…
5. PLAY. When you do your version write with the sounds of words in mind, not their meaning.
EXPERIMENT with movie/historical/song/literary references, mashing them up with gibberish rhymes (e.g., Mark Twain’s “hammersaw is bringing me low slow like a long bow“).
Make up new words.
Pay attention to the sounds of words.
Try to come up with the most random noun you can.
Then, put it next to a list of five verbs. DON’T use punctuation (unless that sounds fun to you, of course).
I borrowed this exercise from Joe Bunting who borrowed it from someone else. Super fun and it cracks open your creativity!
Enjoy igniting your writing!