Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprint

Happy “English Language Day” (if you’re reading this on April 23rd) or perhaps you’d prefer to celebrate the related event, “Talk Like Shakespeare Day”. 

I’m (gasp!) not a big fan of Shakespeare, but the last time I was at the Bodleian library gift shop I did pick up a set of “Shakespeare’s Insults” which includes winners like:

  • The tartness of his face sours ripe grapes
  • Scratching could not make it worse…such a face as yours
  • Thou smell of mountain goat
  • I was searching for a fool when I found you

It might be a challenge to fit one of those lines in conversation today, but worth a try, perhaps.

It is also the end of “Earth Day” as I write this post, a 3-day event this year which aligns nicely with my day job.  

Earth Day is an annual event intended to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held on April 22, 1970, it now includes a wide range of activities coordinated globally by EarthDay.org, including 1 billion people in more than 193 countries.

I’ll do my part by picking up trash at my local park during my evening walk (no matter how much I pick up, there always seems to be more).  After that, I plan to grab my favorite notebook and give today’s writing prompt and random words a try.

Care to join me?

For those of you working away on a story (whether a first draft or a polished version on its way to publication), if you’re not feeling random, we’d love to hear a bit – whether it’s a scene, a paragraph, or even a phrase that you are especially pleased with and would like to share.

If you don’t have a story in progress, or just want to work on something new, I hope either today’s random words or writing prompt will catch your creative fancy.


Prompt:   Making a Difference

Feel free to interpret the prompt any way you choose (or ignore it completely) and include any (or all) of the following random words:   

amusing          blowgun          heart              day

hirsute             companion      passion          reckless

computer         sauce               blouse           alternative

father               pink                  bold              identical

I look forward to seeing your stories in the comments.  If you’re not feeling in the writing mood today, or don’t have time, feel free to post suggestions you might have for future writing prompts.  Ideas are always welcome.

Happy writing to all!

2 thoughts on “Elizabeth: Friday Writing Sprint

  1. Wonderful insults–thanks! Haven’t got a good piece of novel to send along; maybe next time. For me it would be a real challenge using “hirsute,” because I think I’d have to say hairy. I’d worry that hirsute was pretentious.

    • Frankly, the only time I’ve seen “hirsute” in use was in college where there was a study that was looking for “hirsute participants.” No idea what the study was about.

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