Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints, now with Random Words!

stopwatch graphicAnother week is coming to a close. Time to wrap things up with some Writing Sprints.

Everyone knows you need to warm up before sprinting, so let’s stretch our creativity with a few minutes of Random Word Improv.

Every Friday, my local country music station has a segment called “Fake Song Friday” during which visiting musicians are given several random words and a few minutes to come up with an impromptu song. The results are often amusing and always entertaining.

So, now it’s your turn.

  1. Pick a few words from the list of random words below (the more, the better)
  2. Write the first line(s) of a story incorporating your words
  3. Post your results in the comments section.

Here’s a list of random words from a randomly selected random word generator:

Pastoral              someone               bottle                 hometown

breathless           nude                     passenger          curfew

collarbone          deadbeat             werewolf            beehive

daydream           hammerhead      wreckage           plaid

raccoon               alien                      dynamite           applause

Ready? Go!

*whistling aimlessly while you are off being creative*

Ah, you’re back. Kind of fun, right? Can’t wait to see what you have come up with.

Now that you’re all warmed up, time to start sprinting.

As a reminder, the goal is to flex your writing skills and to jump start your creativity. It’s all about getting words on the page, not getting the perfect words on the page, so pull out that pen/paper, computer, or whatever your writing implements of choice are, and Write.

  1. Set a time period (i.e., 15 minutes)
  2. Write
  3. When you’re done, note your progress in the comments  (i.e., “15 minutes and 394 words”)
  4. Rinse and repeat

I’ll be sprinting after work. I hope to see some fun creative efforts and good word counts in the comments to motivate my own efforts.

Happy writing to all.

17 thoughts on “Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints, now with Random Words!

  1. I’ll post my own “random word” effort here, just to get the ball rolling.

    My hometown was an unremarkable, uninteresting stretch of pastoral boredom until that Sunday when someone spiked the communion wine with a bottle of tequila at the local Church of the Uprighteous Souls. If I hadn’t seen a nude Pastor Bob dancing around the altar wearing a raccoon for a hat with my own eyes, I’d have never believed it. I thought things couldn’t get any worse, but I was wrong.

    My words were – hometown, pastoral, someone, bottle, nude, and racoon.

  2. Jamie looked around the room, surveying the wreckage, and wondered again whose brilliant idea it had been to coax the raccoon into the house in the first place. He knew the suggestion to dress it up in a kilt (god, there are scraps of plaid *everywhere*) had to have come from his deadbeat nephew Angus, who couldn’t be said to be “in his cups”, exactly, as he was swigging the whiskey straight from the bottle.

  3. Officer Smith stood amid the wreckage of the Beehive Club. Deadbeat Dave sprawled, mercifully downwind, nude except for a scrap of plaid, strategically draped. Somebody should have told him that bringing a bottle of Old Bill’s legendary moonshine to a high-stakes game of ‘Werewolf, Hammerhead, Raccoon’ was asking for trouble.

    • Jilly – for bonus points, how exactly does one play “Werewolf, Hammerhead, Raccoon’? Inquiring minds want to know 🙂

      • Good question. Mr. W and I haven’t exactly ironed out the details yet, but we had fun arguing about it over dinner on Friday night 😉 .

  4. Danette patted her beehive casually, hoping that the dagger hadn’t shifted to make an unseemly bump in her smooth and shining coiffure. She adjusted her plaid schoolgirl uniform, took another swig of tea from her whiskey bottle, and sighed–who knew it’d be so boring to be trolling for werewolves. (Thank you for permission to make line(s)!)

    (-: Now, let me see what everyone else came up with.

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