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.