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Writing Exercise/Challenge

Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 4:02 pm
by nightlock
In the past I've tried to challenge and exercise my literary muscles by using Oxford's Word of the Day as inspiration. This has had mixed results (some of the better ones are in the poetry section) since Oxford tends to pick archaic or very technical words. Also, modern times do not afford us the time to write on a daily basis.

I've since adapted the exercise, I collect the Oxford words from Monday to Friday, and then spend the weekend trying to use one or more of the five words as inspiration. I post results on my WordPress blog, but would like some motivation in the form of company.

I started past weekend, which gave me the following five words:
Sloven
Gyve
Baldric
Plongeur
Spill2 (being a thin strip of wood or paper used for lighting a fire, candle etc.)

The result of which can be found here.

If people are interested in joining me in these exercises, do tell, and I will post the next five words coming weekend.

Re: Writing Exercise/Challenge

Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 4:22 pm
by Bmat
So it is only needed to use one of the words? The work should seem as an excerpt of a larger work? It might be fun to try to fit in all of the words, although possibly not as literary as your example.

Re: Writing Exercise/Challenge

Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 4:28 pm
by nightlock
Technically just one should suffice for an entry, but I'm trying for as many as possible. The writing could be anything, from poetry to a short story, to an excerpt, to a prologue. I don't include the words literally, but for instance the word Gyve (shackles or fetters) I simply included someone chained up, fettered and shackled. The difficulty (challenge) lies in trying to get as many of the words in your piece, while at the same time expanding your vocabulary through the little-used words that Oxford tends to picks for their word of the day.

Re: Writing Exercise/Challenge

Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 9:50 am
by Theoballd
I've done these before. They can be fun, but I always end up hating whatever I end up with.

Re: Writing Exercise/Challenge

Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 2:15 pm
by Asp Zelazny
I'm willing to take the plonge. Just not to feel gyved to the commitment. Nor to be taken seriously.

Re: Writing Exercise/Challenge

Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 2:32 pm
by nightlock
One of the things I enjoy about this is the fact that when I write it will be the first, last and only draft, and as such rough in it's extreme. I edit as I go, deleting lines that do not work, keeping the ones that do. I've written some horrendous stuff doing this, but it's okay, because I've also written stuff I really like. It's like mining for rough gems and diamonds.