Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints – From the Headlines

I’m guessing this is a great time to be a news reporter or journalist.  Every day seems to bring a slew of new stories to follow and report on.  The challenge is not finding a news topic, but rather deciding which of the many things happening during the course of the day to choose.

This past week, of course, the news was all about the storms battering the Atlantic.   Now we’ve moved on to clean-up efforts and our tumultuous political environment.  I’ve been so distracted by the evening news I didn’t even notice that football season had started!

After bingeing on the news for the last week-and-a-half after my news-free vacation in Scotland, I’m ready for to dial things back a bit.  Now that I’ve finished today’s New York Times crossword and caught up on the day’s headlines, it’s time to turn off the news and focus on something else.  I’m thinking a little Random Word Improv will be just the thing to get me into a more creative frame of mind.

Care to join me?

Whether you’re keeping tabs on the Cassini Spacecraft as it gets ready to take its final plunge, enjoying some time with a fellow writer, working on your latest story, 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.


Today’s random words were all selected from the headlines from today’s New York Times, but the theme is up to you.  There will be bonus points for including an accordion though.

dreamer              crooked               scramble          agenda

deadline              signal                    crisis                 blame

priority                 authentic            hike                   sleep

shock                    giant                      married           attraction

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 incorporating your words
  3. Post your results in the comments section.

Okay.  Are you ready?  Let’s sprint!

*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.

4 thoughts on “Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprints – From the Headlines

  1. (-: A little wyrd beginning here. I think I only used three words, but I’ll take what I can get!

    Edward watched as the dreamer tossed in her sleep, looking like a giant in the small twin bed. She’d been asleep for a thousand years, and Raymond, the other guardian who took day duty, said she’d sleep for another thousand years yet. Aurora was not needed, not yet.

    Edward and Raymond watched, and would watch until it was time to pass the duty on to the next guardians; Alexandra and Carina cared for Aurora’s body – bathing and turning and stretching her limbs. Grandmother Skuld watched over them all, making the schedules, and tweaking the care that Aurora received. Grandmother Skuld was the one who brought in the oxygen therapies, or the new cream that made Aurora’s skin glow like snow under the moonlight.

    Edward was on the dark watch this year; about midnight he heard the door to the chamber open. “Hello, Grandmother Skuld,” he said respectfully, but the old woman took off her sunglasses, and it wasn’t Grandmother Skuld, but a younger woman of about thirty.

    Edward put his hand on his gun. “Who are you? Where is Grandmother Skuld?”

    “Her time has passed, Edward. I’m Verdandi, that which is happening.” And before Edward could stop her, she sprinkled water over Aurora’s sleeping form. Edward stopped in amazement as Aurora sat up, stretched. “Is it time?”

    Verdandi nodded. “It’s time, my queen. We must go.”

    • Don’t leave us hanging; what happens next?

      Glad you got a chance to play along this week. Hope it means you are feeling better and there have been no more rockets flying overhead.

      • LOL, I don’t know either.

        I’m having a fearful struggle between what I want to write, and what comes to me. THIS story seems like it’s going to be dark and fight-y and full of angst. And superheroes, which don’t really do it for me as a reader at this point in my life (and this point in the pop culture continuum — they seem a little overdone, like zombies a decade ago). It might be different writing them.

        And what I want to write (my censor mind or my director mind) is just not coming. Right now, I’d be more than happy to write about Bunny Blavatsky, Jack and Olivia, or even a new series connected to Japanese folklore or Japan in some way. But nothing interesting is bubbling up from those directions. Yet.

  2. I definitely want to know more….. it was just getting really interesting.

    Sorry, I was hoping to get in a third installment for my current Friday tale, but Inhad classes all weekend and this week has been crazy busy …. so sad. But I’m hoping this story will carry on also!

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