Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints – Let the Good Times Roll!

mardi_grasWhether you are religious or not, you’re probably aware of the Mardi Gras (“Fat Tuesday”) celebrations that wrapped up this week.

“Laissez les bons temps rouler!”

 I’ve always wanted to go to New Orleans, where Mardi Gras is celebrated all the way from Twelfth Night to Ash Wednesday.  It looks like such fun.  Plus, there are strings of beads.  As my family can tell you, I’m a sucker for brightly colored beads.

Unfortunately, “New Orleans Square” in Disneyland is about as close as I’ve come to New Orleans, so for now I’ll have to watch the festivities from a distance.  Thanks to the internet, I’ve been able to enjoy the parades, musicians, and colorful costumes vicariously.  This year, as always, I was amazed by the creativity and the joy and excitement.  Having read a number of cozy-mysteries lately, I also couldn’t help but think that it would be a great setting for a murder mystery (I’ve probably even read a few).

Though I’d don’t have any plans to write a murder mystery just now, I’m sure I can fit in a little Mardi Gras inspired Random Word Improv.

Care to join me?

Whether you’re deciding what to give up for Lent, working the garden, powering through your latest manuscript, or just looking for a distraction, a few minutes of Random Word Improv are a great way to have a little fun and get some words on the page.


For any of you new to Random Word Improv, here’s how we play:

  1. Pick as many words from the list as you want
  2. Write the first line(s) of a story (or a whole mini-story) incorporating your words
  3. Post your results in the comments section.

All right, let’s get started. Here are today’s randomly selected Mardi Gras inspired words– can’t wait to see what stories you find hidden in the list.

mystic              parade         purple           ball

beads                flower          royalty           time

midnight         masks          confetti          extravagant

guest                 ritual           food                confess

Are you ready?  Go!

*whistling aimlessly while you are off being creative*

Back already?  Can’t wait to read what you’ve come up with.

Happy writing to all.

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