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Month: June 2016

Wordplay Wednesday: Tonight Show Style

Wordplay Wednesday:  Tonight Show Style

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This morning I watched a YouTube clip of Lin-Manuel Miranda ( star of “Hamilton” on Broadway) creating  spontaneous raps on the Tonight Show  using a random word generator called Wheel of Freestyle.  It was fun and cool.  I recommend you go find it and watch it.

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So, of course my Word Nerdy Wild Child wanted to play too.  I do not rap but I thought that I could play by   using  my version of  a word generator.

On the video, Jimmy Fallon tapped the word generator and three words popped up in a row, which Lin-Manuel Miranda then used in the order they appeared. I noticed that all of the words in each round were nouns or proper nouns.

I decide to go with those two parameters in my version. Here’s what I did:

I decided to make  21 cards, thinking that would give me plenty of  combinations when dealt out.

I  found words by looking through the New York Times Book review from this past Sunday. I flipped pages and wrote nouns that my gaze landed on.  I ended up with some interesting words. 

I decided ahead of time that   instead of raps, I would create haiku for my medium.

They are not literary,  but they did adhere to the parameters.

I shuffled my cards and  dealt out three words in a row.

For my first set I got:   Cinderella     family    emperor

Cinderella  lost

Her first family, but she

Wed an emperor.

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For my second turn I dealt : spider web  honeymoon  revolution

A spider web would

Not be a fly’s honeymoon

Nor revolution.

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One more turn:     magic   lab  guest

In a magic lab

Would I want to be the guest

Or  the magician?

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For fun, try making your own word generator and see what you can create from your words.

Maybe a rap, a poem, or story will emerge.

Have fun with words!

The Ambivalent Dragon: Part 3

 

 

The Ambivalent Dragon Part 3.  Our story of Freeman the dragon and Princess Crowley continues. You can find Parts One and Two on the blog under Stories.  Summary: Freeman, a peaceable,  story-telling dragon meets Princess Crowley who has been turned into a giant by a disgruntled sorcerer.

dragon-213681_1280Freeman hesitated and then knelt down in front of the Princess and held out his new pencil. “ It would be an honor if you would accept this. I can return to Warrenden for another for myself.” He shrugged.” It is not an easy or pleasant trip, with the trolls and other annoyances, but I will undertake it.”

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Princess Crowley shook her head. “No, I don’t want your pencil, although I do appreciate the kind offer. I want to get my own. I am determined to do things for myself. I was sheltered too long in the castle and dependent on servants. Being out here in the forest has made me self-reliant and I like that.”

 

Freeman nodded. “ I understand and I admire your attitude, your highness. May I suggest that we travel together to Warrenden?” He pointed in the direction they would be traveling.” I know a route that will help avoid most of the unpleasantness. I warn you there could be trouble along the way. I manage to attract it.”

 

 

Princess Crowley clapped her hands together. “ I was hoping you would say that. We can help one another with the trolls and other troublesome creatures. Two united are better than on alone.” She smiled. “I can use my size and the reputation of giants as brutish and stupid to my advantage. I scared you didn’t I?”

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“Indeed you did, your majesty. Of course, I may not be the best example. I am not the bravest of creatures.” He dropped his head.

 

“Never mind that. Let’s get started and we can talk more on the way. Are there adequate sources of food and water along the way, or should we carry supplies?” The Princess was already looking out toward the horizon.

 

Freeman assured her that during the warm months, there were always plenty of wild fruits and nuts along the way. They would pass by lakes and cross a couple of streams that would provide fresh water.

 

“ Lead the way then,” the Princess told him.They turned and headed back though the forest. “So tell me about this band of trolls that chased you into my forest. I have not seen trolls in my time here. “

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Freeman replied, “ They actually do not live nearby. They pursued me quite a way. In my haste I strayed far from my usual path. That is how I ended up in your forest. I have never been in here before.” He used his pencil to push limbs out of the way. “ I avoid thick forests because the tree branches catch in my wings and my tail gets tangled up in the roots and brush. It offers more concealment but it is slow going. I can make faster time in the fields and grasslands, but of course I am easier to spot.”

 

“And you said you cannot fly?” The princess bent down to untangle Freeman’s tail from some vines.

 

“ Well, if I am in an open area and I get a running start I can take low, short flights that are more like awkward hops. It is not something to inspire fear into anyone or anything pursuing me. That was what I was trying to do when ended up here. I could hear the trolls laughing as they chased me. “

 

“But they did not enter the forest, did they?”

 

“No and I wondered why they stopped.” Freeman looked puzzled until he watched as the Princess straightened to her full height and placed her hands on her hips. “Oh.”

 

“ Yes. I have not been here long but I have managed to build quite a scary reputation among the more unsavory beings. I have run off my share of goblins, dwarves and thieves. I have not seen any trolls , but I assume word about me has traveled. “ She gave a rueful smile. “ The problem is I also frightened off the woodland creatures as well. I regret that. This forest was home to rabbits, deer and many kinds of birds. No more.”

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“The law of unintended consequences,” Freeman said.

 

“ What is that?” The Princes stopped to remove some pine needles from her shoes.

 

“ It means that our actions for good in one situation can sometimes cause a bad outcome in another. Your posturing scared away the undesirable creatures, but it also ran off the animals who depend on the forest for life.”

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“Oh. Yes, and I am sorry about that. I have always had an outgoing personality – bossy my mother, the queen, would say.   I guess with my size I need to tone down the bravado.”

 

“ Well, said Freeman, as they emerged from the woods. “ I need to find some.”

 

Princess Crowley said, “ Perhaps we can help one another, develop the traits we are lacking. What do you say?” She extended her hand toward the dragon.

 

Freeman put his pencil down and grasped her hand. “ It’s a deal. Now I…”

 

At that moment a terrifying sound filled the air.

 

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Wordplay Wednesday

Playing with Pangrams.

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Today we are playing with pangrams.

 

 

A pangram is a sentence containing all of the letters of the alphabet. The most famous one is “ The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.”  Every letter is used at least once.

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The hurdles in making a pangram are trying to make one with the fewest possible letters while still having it make sense.

It is not as easy as you might think to satisfy both criteria, but it is fun to try.

 

Here goes:

Peter, James, and Finn quickly bashed and vetoed Max’s crazy web game idea.

This contains 59 letters.

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Here’s another:

 

Fitzroy maxed out his card on cheap, bangled jewels for Queen Varkla.

This is 54 letters long.

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The harder challenge is to create one with fewer than 50 letters.

Lets’ see if I can get one that is shorter:

 

Pax’s crazy, evil emu, Fabio, juggled toward the quicksand.

That contains 46 letters.

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The tricky part is using those pesky, uncommon letters: J,V, Q, X, Z. Try to get them out of the way first by using them in names. The more common letters like vowels and S, T, N, usually take care of themselves.

My method is to first write the letters of the alphabet across the top of my paper.  I start playing around with words and phrases and see what happens. As I use a letter I cross it  out at the top of the page. Sometimes , I will have a great sentence but I end up with a letter  or two that won’t play with the others. It takes a bit of finagling but after a few minutes a sentence will emerge.

Try your hand at creating pangrams. It is a fun, mind-stretching way to play with words!

 

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Wordplay Wednesday: Put on Your Flip-flops!

 Put On your Flip-flops! Fun with  Spoonerisms

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Today we are going to put on our flip-flops and play with words, or way with plords.  When you mix up the first parts of words like I just did, it is called a spoonerism, which is defined as a linguistic confusion that results in interesting  or funny expressions. You flip-flop first letters or syllables around and create new or nonsensical phrases. For instance “lighting a fire” becomes “ fighting a liar.”

 

Spoonerisms got their name from the Reverend William Archibald Spooner (1844-1930) a well-known, but absent-minded,  lecturer of classics and philosophy and dean at the New College in Oxford England. He became famous for his confused verbal utterances. One of the spoonerisms attributed to him was “ a well oiled bicycle” becoming a “ well boiled icicle.” Spooner was a beloved  teacher, so his students began to engage in the fad of creating spoonerisms for fun.

 

We have all probably experienced having an unplanned word flip moment when perhaps a “master plan” becomes a “plaster man” or turned “doing the chores” into “ chewing the doors.”

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Some writers enjoy purposefully using this brand type of wordplay in poems and stories.

Shel Silverstein wrote an entire book, Runny Babbit:A Billy Sook using this idea.

 

Poems and Fairy tales have also been written or adapted employing spoonerisms in abundance.The results are works that are silly, but also fun to read. Children, those natural word play experts, love spoonerisms.

 

Below is an example of my Wild Child coming out to play with spoonerisms. To truly get the benefit you need to read it aloud. I have started the story, I challenge you to finish it!

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Rittle Led Hiding Rood

Once upon a time there was a gittle lirl who lived in a fottage in the corest with her mear dother. Done way, her mear dother made her a coo ned roat with a right bred hood. The gittle lirl wanted to show it to her grick sandmother who lived on the other side of the feep dorest in a cug snottage. Her mear dother told the gittle lirl that she could go a take a bice nasket of bresh fead and carm wookies to her grick sandmother. But she mutst not salk to trangers or pray from the strath. Rittle Led Hiding Rood omised to probey her mear dother’s rules. But once she was in the feep dorest, the gittle lirl saw many fletty powers that were prowing off the grath and she porfot her gromise.

 

 

By the way, this makes your spell checker go crazy or your chell specker co grazy!

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Have fun!   Share your attempts at Spoonerisms; I would love to see them!

Put on those flip-flops!

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The Joys and Struggles of the Writing Life

The Joys and Struggles of the Writing Life

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 A writer is someone who writes. I am a writer. That means I spend a lot of time in my studio  alone with my thoughts, ideas, and words. They tumble from my  mind, to my fingers, into notebooks, on scraps of paper, on sticky notes, and onto my computer screen.  Sometimes they get shared with others, often they do not.  I have to say it is not lonely work. All of my characters, both those realized on the page and those still clamoring for attention in my head keep me company.  Daily we set out on quests together. Sometimes there is an itinerary and perhaps a map and we know where we are headed. More often we move by serendipity and impulse, taking the distracting side roads that offer adventure.

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This is the best part of being a writer.  When I am in the middle of a story in the company of  interesting characters, the time just flies by. I start writing or typing and soon I am caught up in the narrative and I forget everything else. Hours go by and I will look up in a bleary-eyed haze and realize I have written through lunch and that it’s time to think about making dinner or walking the dog who is pacing nervously at the door.  That is the reason I write. Being able to construct whole worlds populated with characters I created is so much fun that it does not feel like work. I have read often about writers who say that writing is agonizing and frustrating  and I do not understand that sentiment at all. The act of creating something that did not exist before is what keeps me going. It is powerful.

On the other hand, being a writer also means trying to find a way to get your stories out into the world. This is the tough part. You send out your work that you have spent hours writing, re-writing., honing, and polishing and you cross your fingers and wait. Recently I submitted a story to a magazine and waited for two months. I knew it was a long shot because they only publish 24 stories a year and  receive hundreds of submissions.  When the deadline passed and I had not heard anything I was disappointed but not surprised.

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Two days after the deadline for notification,  I received word that my work had passed the first round and was short listed for publication. I was elated.   This would be my first national publication which would mean validation from the “writing world.” Not only that, unlike many magazines, it offered a cash payment which would vault me into the ranks of a professional writer. I was rather full of myself for a few days. Still, I kept writing.

A  week later, the second email informed me that my story had not made the final cut. Despite the kind words they offered for my work, I was devastated.  Alas, this is the most common outcome for hopeful writers. Knowing I am in good company helps a bit, but the sting is still there.  I allowed myself a bit of a pity party and then I went back to work.

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I am a writer.  Does the fact that I am still unpublished   and unknown change that? No.  A writer is someone who writes. I keep writing, churning out stories, because I love it.  It is what I was created to do.  Those noisy characters in my head insist that I tell their tales so I have adopted the roles of scribe, bard, storyteller. I will also keep putting my stories into the world, no matter the odds. One day  soon, I hope, publication will happen. If not I will still write.  I am a writer. It is what I do.

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The Ambivalent Dragon Part 2

Last Friday I posted the beginning of my story, The Ambivalent Dragon.  In part 1, Freeman, a storytelling, peaceable dragon with a giant pencil, is being followed through the forest by an angry, giant princess .When she catches up to him she demands his pencil, examines it and gives it back. Then the princess inform Freeman she has 2 questions for him.

On to part 2.

 

Freeman nodded, but did not speak.

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“ One, what are you doing in my forest? And two, where did you get that marvelous pencil?”

 

Freeman swallowed and spoke in a quiet voice. “ I am sorry to have invaded your private forest, your highness. I was on my way home from obtaining the pencil in the village of Warrenden when I was accosted by a band of trolls eager to fight. I am not the fighting sort, despite my appearance. So I fled into the forest to avoid the battle.

 

“ I see. So, you are a coward, then?” She folded her arms.

 

“ No Princess, I am a scholar, not a fighter. I am a writer and book lover who just happened to end up in the body of a dragon. I cannot breathe fire, nor make myself disappear and my flying skills are rudimentary at best. My powers are peace-making, encouragement, and story-writing. My name is Freeman, by the way, at your service.” He bowed low.

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“Well, Freeman, I am Princess Crowley. You are definitely a different sort of dragon, that is for certain.”

 

Freeman hesitated before replying, “ Well, at the risk of being rude, I must say you are a different sort of princess as well. Usually giantesses are, well, not very attractive, if you know what I mean. You, however, are quite lovely.”

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“Thank you, Freeman. I am not really a giantess. I am princess trapped in a giant body. I was a normal sized baby and child, but when I reached my 14th birthday I began to grow 2 inches per day. A curse had been placed upon me by a disgruntled sorcerer that my father had dismissed. By the time an anti-curse was found, I was this tall. “

 

Freeman nodded his large head. “ The curse could not be reversed, then?”

 

“No. You can imagine that not many princes come seeking the hand of someone my size. And of course living in the castle after that did not work. So I asked my father to grant me some land to live on. “ The princess waved her hand around. “ So this is my castle in the wild.”

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“I’m sorry Princess. You must be lonely.”

 

“ Actually I prefer it now. I was not very good at being a princess before the curse happened. I preferred hanging out with the gardener and learning about plants and flowers rather than going to balls and sipping tea with fine ladies. And my mother expected me to keep my pinafores and lacy socks clean and I didn’t. Therefore, I was always in trouble. The queen blames my  poor behavior for my current predicament.”

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“Ah”, replied Freeman. “ That sounds rather familiar. Dragons gradually acquire their skills of fire-breathing and the rest through a combination of maturing and schooling. I was kicked out of Dragon Academy when I was caught using my kindling pile to spell out words rather than lighting it in Flame 101. My father was a former Headmaster so it was quite the scandal. So I found a solitary cave far from home and have been working on my stories ever since.”

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Princess Crowley nodded. “After spending so much time out here I have become a nature poet. That is why I asked about the pencil. Using regular-sized pencils has been so frustrating. Even after all this time I cannot judge my own strength and they just break. It’s frustrating. I have tried using tree limbs dipped in ashes but it is a cumbersome process. I would love to have a pencil like that!” She clasped her hands together and sighed.

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Freeman said, “ I had the same difficulty when I started writing. I was fortunate to meet a former magician turned craftsman several years ago who makes them for me. In exchange I allow him first access to my stories.”

 

“ Do you think he would be wiling to make them for me?” asked Princess Crowley.      “ It would solve my problem of having wonderful poems in my head that I cannot get written down properly before they are gone. That is what I was doing when I heard you crashing around. I was angry because your noise made me forget the lovely words I was scratching into the dirt. I am sorry if I frightened you.”

 

“ My apologies for disturbing your work. I understand your frustration. I am often interrupted by some young warrior looking to prove his mettle by fighting a dragon. I guess every creature pursuing a creative life has annoyances and obstacles to overcome.”

 

 

“ I imagine so,” said the princess. “ Especially if one does not fit the role that everyone expects. I am truly neither a giant nor a princess. If I could be anything I would wish to be my old size, but a commoner. Then I could pursue my dreams in anonymity. But, back to my question. Do you think I could get a pencil like that in Warrenden? Would your friend make one for me?”

 

Come back next week for Part 3! 

 

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Onomatopoeia

Wordplay Wednesday  Onomatopoeia : Playing with Sound Words

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Onomatopoeia is the use of a word which imitates the natural sound of something, by mimicking what is being described. Basically, it refers to sound effect type words like: “meow”, “boom”, “slurp”, “moo”, “bam” and so on.

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Using onomatopoeia makes your writing more effective by appealing directly to your readers’ sense of hearing. It creates rhythm and meaning to both poetry and prose. It helps the writer convey a more exact meaning.

 

Here are some sample sentences written first without and then with the use of onomatopoeia.

 

The wind blew though the trees.

The wind whooshed and swished through the trees.

 

The rock dropped into the pond and sank.

The rock splashed into the pond and sank with a gurgle.

 

The sounds of the barn animals below kept him awake.

The moos, baas and whinnies from the barn below kept him awake.

 

There are many examples of onomatopoeia in songs, poems, movies and books.

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“Boom, boom, boom, even brighter than the moon.” Firework By Katie Perry

 

“ Ding, dong, the Witch is dead.” The Wizard of Oz

 

The classic Dr. Seuss book, Mr. Brown Can “MOO” Can you? is an entire book paying homage to the wonders of onomatopoeia.

 

Comic books and illustrated novels do this quite well. They often surround the words with zigzags or clouds, and of course use lots of exclamation points.

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How many examples can you come up with? Think about animal sounds ( meow) , nature sounds ( swish) and people sounds ( burp).

 

Here are a couple of fun ideas to play around with onomatopoeia:

 

  1. Write a poem using lots of sound words.
  2. In your writing try to incorporate some sound words to enhance the sensory experience of your work.
  3. Create an onomatopoeia alphabet book with fun-to-read sentences and creative illustrations.
  4. Create an art piece using favorite sound words by writing in different fonts and designs, comic book style.
  5. Collect sound words from magazines and make a collage.

 

I decided to create a Poem. This kind of poetry is a fun way to introduce the use of onomatopoeia to children. This is also a lot of fun to read aloud.

 

Summer Storm

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It starts with a trickle, a drip, a drop.

Then gets louder plop, plop, plop.

Pitter-patter, pitter-patter faster still

I hear it pinging on my windowsill.

A crackle of lightning flash, flash.

Then comes thunder, boom! crash!

The rain is rushing.

Puddles form.

Listen to the music of a thunderstorm.

It begins to slow, splitter splatter, drop.

I think the rain is about to stop.

One more rumble and the storm is done.

Now for some puddle splashing fun.

Steam is rising from the street,

But splatting in the squishy mud can’t be beat!

Dana Kumerow 6/16

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Have some fun with onomatopoeia!

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Book Review: DIY MFA by Gabriela Pereira

 

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One of the Joys of being a writer is forging connections and friendships with other writers. I am a member of  two face-to-face writing groups as well as several  Facebook groups and I subscribe to a number of blogs by fellow writers. We can offer one another support, ideas, encouragement, or a kick in the seat if that is what’s required and requested. We read one another’s posts, answer questions, act as mentors, cheerleaders, fans, and shoulders to cry on. There is a lot of camaraderie in the writing world, because we all now how joyful, maddening, frustrating, exhilarating, disappointing, and scary being a writer can be.

 

My singular favorite aspect of being in support of other writers is being able to see their hard work come to fruition in the form of a published book. What is really fun is being able to get a sneak peek at a book before it’s publication date, by being part of a Street Team. A Street Team is a group of people who receive an Advanced Reading Copy ( ARC) of a book for the purpose of reading, reviewing, and promoting the book on behalf of the author.

 

I have the joy and privilege of being on the Street Team for Gabriela Pereira’s book DIY MFA. It is a manual for writers who want to obtain an MFA-type writing education without the prohibitive cost of an actual program. Below you will see my review that was posted on Goodreads and also on my Facebook page. The book is scheduled for publication in early July.

 

Gabriela Pereira’s book DIY MFA is a one volume writer’s course. In it you will find everything you need to become a serious writer. She did not offer a book for hobbyists or dabblers, but for those who truly desire to learn, grow, and succeed as writers. In step-by-step chapters, Gabriela explains just how to set up your own MFA program. It consists of three parts: Write, Read and Connect, which she details quite clearly.

I was so excited for this book to come out and it did not disappoint. She has an engaging style to her writing which made this book an easy read. Many writing instruction books are difficult to get through because of the pedantic style the authors employ. I read through DIY MFA in a little over a day and enjoyed it immensely. It reads as if you are having a conversation with an enthusiastic, knowledgeable friend. As soon as I finished, I started over and read it again slowly and took notes on ideas I found doable, novel, and intriguing. I ended up with many pages of notes and a refreshed and renewed desire to take charge of my writing practice.

I highly recommend DIY MFA to anyone who is serious about creating a sustainable writing career.

Thanks for reading!

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Story Generator Writing: The Ambivalent Dragon

Story Generator Writing : The Ambivalent Dragon

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On Wednesday I wrote about using a story generator exercise to jump-start your writing by using a word list grid, a six-sided die, and a fill-in-the-blank  story -starter.

Today I am posting my word list and the beginning of my story.  While you can choose words at random for your list, I wanted to write an imaginary  story, so my word choices reflect this.

I am quite happy with what I came up with. Once I got started the story almost wrote itself. It was the most fun I have had in a writing session in a while.  At first I was dismayed that “enormous” came up twice when I rolled, but it worked out quite well.  In a final draft I might change one of the words and substitute a synonym, but for now I left it as it was rolled. The story was becoming really long and it is not finished,  so I am posting Part 1 today.  Real life calls me this afternoon!

I will continue the story next week.

Adjective        Character       Place               Item                Verb                Proper Name

1. proud         troll                 moat               flower             tiptoed            Freeman

2.enormous    princess          forest              sword             ran                  Paris

3. thoughtful  hen                 meadow         book                stumbled        Munro

4.ambivalent  apprentice     village             jug                   shuffled          Brownlow

5. sneaky        crone              marketplace   wand              ambled           Crowley

6. glittering    dragon            desert             pencil              twirled            Larkin

 The prompt is in italics with the words I used from the tossing of the die are underlined. Then I continued the story. Here’s what I came up with.

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One day an ambivalent dragon named  Freeman  found himself lost in a forest.  Luckily he had brought his enormous  pencil. As Freeman stumbled along he realized an enormous princess  was following close behind. 

Freeman was a bit frightened by the sight of the enormous princess in this unfamiliar part of the forest. She was at least twice his size and the expression on her face was murderous.  He glanced over his shoulder. Her giant strides were bringing her nearer and nearer to him. The close crowding of the trees against his large wings and long tail made it hard for him to move any faster.  He looked around for a way of escape but the forest was becoming even more dense.

From behind him Freeman heard, “Stop right there, dragon!” The princess’ roar shook the leaves from the trees  and caused Freeman to drop his pencil.

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He stopped and leaned over to pick it up wishing he could become invisible. Alas, that was not one of his powers and unfortunately,  neither was breathing fire. His greatest power seemed to be finding himself  in trouble when he really just wanted to be left alone. Whenever anyone saw a dragon they immediately went into fight mode.  For perhaps the thousandth time, Freeman wished he had been born an elf or a pixie. No one tried fighting them.

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The princess took three more huge steps and towered over Freeman who pointed his pencil at her because he could think of nothing else to do. He remembered a quote he had read somewhere, “ The pen is mightier than the sword. “ Maybe a pencil was mightier than a giant, angry princess.

Her frown was replaced with a puzzled look and then a smile. She held out her hand for Freeman’s pencil, which he handed over after a moment’s hesitation.  The princess no longer looked as if she wanted to kill him, but she appeared quite strong.

 She  studied the large yellow pencil for a moment and then handed it back.“ I have two questions for you, dragon.”

Freeman nodded, but did not speak.

Come back for Part 2 next week! Until then, Happy Writing!

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Wordplay Wednesday: Using a Story Generator

Wordplay Wednesday      Using A Story Generator

 

Today in Wordplay Wednesday we are going to use a story generator activity to create a story idea or beginning. If you have ever played the word game Madlibs , it is a little like that, but with a twist.

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For this Wordplay activity you will need: paper, pen or pencil, and a 6 sided die. If you cannot locate a die you can go to freeonlinedice.com and use a virtual one.

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Here are the steps:

I.  Across the top of your paper make six column headings. Then number six lines down. See example below.

 

Adjective   Character   Place     Item       Verb       Proper Name

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II.  Brainstorm a list of six words for each category and list them going down. In this part, your word choices can be tailored to a favorite genre. If you like fairy tales or fantasy then choose character words and places that fit, like elf or magic wand. If you prefer crime or thriller stories , then choose words like cop or gun. Or if you are looking for serendipity and surprises, mix them up.

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III.  Now you are going to use your die to help you fill in the blanks in the story starter below. The blanks have a word category in parentheses after them. You will roll the die and then choose the corresponding word next to the number. For instance if the word is supposed to be a character and you roll a 5 then you would choose the character that is in row 5.

 

One day a ______________________ ( adjective) ________________________ ( character) named __________________ ( Proper Name) found himself/herself lost in (a)__________________________.  Luckily _________________________ ( same Proper name) had brought his/her __________________________ ( adjective) ________________________ ( item). As _______________________ ( same Proper Name) _______________________ ( verb) along he/she realized that a _______________________ (adjective) _____________________ ( character) was following close behind.

 

IV.  Once you have filled in all of the blanks, go back and reread your story starter. You now have a character in a certain place being followed by someone or something. What happens next?

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Keep going and see where your character takes you. If you get stuck you can always roll the die and see who else shows up or where your character goes.

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I hope this Story Generator will help you get your create juices flowing.   I will post my word list and what I wrote on Friday.

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Happy Writing!

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