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Mental Mudpies, Vol. 2

Posted in Games with tags , , on March 31, 2010 by Mike

It’s time for another installment of Mental Mudpies, our homemade creative writing exercise. Like “flash fiction,” the goal is to be succinct, but it’s a little different since pre-selected words conspire to shape and direct the story.

Use the following words, in order, to create something original:

Dave, silo, drab, lied, Levis, closer, arid, inert, mows, shoes, late, fuse

The words were excised from a crossword puzzle’s across clues, in order. Paste your own story in a comment to this post.  If you decide to play along, try not to read the other posts until after you’ve written yours…it will keep you from being influenced as you write.  Word nerds unite!

(Click here for Mental Mudpies, Volume 1.)

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Mental Mudpies, Vol. 1

Posted in Games with tags , , on August 17, 2009 by Mike

mental mudpiesI thought I would share a writing exercise that is good for plotting and improvising on the fly.  Like “flash fiction,” the goal is to be succinct, but it’s a little different since pre-selected words conspire to shape and direct the story.

Use the following words, in order, to create something original:

alarm, safe, poem, entrée, solar, aide, curl, treat, fume, act, damned, ice

The words were excised from a crossword puzzle’s across clues, in order. Paste your own story in a comment to this post.  If you decide to play along, try not to read the other posts until after you’ve written yours…it will keep you from being influenced as you write.  Word nerds unite!