Making Images

What a tiring day it was today-I spent it at home in front of my laptop. I probably would have been so much more productive if I were at school. Oh well, no use beating up myself about it. Afterall, it is summertime; I should be spent relaxing before school starts again!

However, I did read a bit of “The Complete Creative Writing Course” by Chris Sykes. Such an awesome book. I found this super cool to inspire a little creativity when you’re having one of those ugh days.

It’s simple. You start by making a chart:

1) Adjective 2) Noun 3) Adverb 4) Verb 5) Adjective 6) Noun

Then cover up the entire table except for column. In here write down 5 adjectives quickly and with as little thought as possible.

You should get something like this:

1) Adjective 2) Noun 3) Adverb 4) Verb 5) Adjective 6) Noun
fat
blue
bright
delicious
smelly

Then cover up the whole table except for column 4 and fill in that column like you did column 1. Repeat this step with columns 2, 5, 6, 3.

When you’re done, your table should look like this:

1) Adjective 2) Noun 3) Adverb 4) Verb 5) Adjective 6) Noun
fat orange gracefully flies silky balloon
blue muffin happily runs harsh hair
bright book slowly bakes freezing friend
delicious tree carelessly dances hospitable scarf
smelly horse anxiously shops stylish chocolate

If you now read across any row, you will have a sentence. Quite nonsense sentences but they paint powerful pictures. Take the first row for example:

‘The fat orange gracefully flies silky balloon.’

What can make this sentence have a little more sense? Embrace the surrealism.

Perhaps the big orange is tied to a silk balloon that is floating up and away with the orange. Maybe it was from a birthday party. Maybe the mother of the birthday girl tied heavy oranges to the balloons so they wouldn’t float away.

What a great exercise to get you mind thinking! Ignore your conscious mind. The stranger the ideas, the more interesting the writing will be.

Today was quite productive afterall.

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