Outtakes 135



By Cait Collins

Book stores are one of my secret pleasures. I could spend hours looking through the shelves for something to read. I try to find something different when my favorite authors don’t have new releases. This week I found a real gem.  The book is entitled 642 Things to Write About by the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. I looked through the volume and there really are 642 things to write about.

This book contains some really challenging writing exercises designed to get the creative juices flowing. These are some samples.  Fix the plot of the worst movie you ever saw. You are a pirate describe your perfect day. Write a love letter to a person you really dislike. And there are exercises in writing the same scene from two different points of view. Having read through the various topics, I can guarantee I’ll have hours of fun testing my skills. I shall start with my favorite exercise.

Ode to an Onion

                                                How do I honor thee, savior mine?

Thy foul odor doth turn my breath so foul

It kills his amorous fog.

Blessed be thy kindness to my plight.

I might have kissed that frog.


Okay, I’m no poet, but I had to try.

1 thought on “642

  1. I think that James Earl Jones wrote a poem about either a watermelon or cantaloupe. He had been mute for several years and his teacher remarked that he couldn’t have written such a poem. Jones reassured him that he had. The teacher challenged him to get up and read it before the class if he had written it. Jones got up and read it in front of everyone and he spoke from then on and never looked back. He credits his teacher with giving him his voice. Thanks Cait Collins for bringing such a simple writing exercise to life. And who knew that you would find this at a bookstore. You never know the treasures you can find!

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