In 2004 I was lucky enough to take a class with Lucy Anderton. If you don’t know of her, look her up, she is an amazing woman and an excellent teacher. I believe that I have her to thank for breaking me out of my oh-so-cozy shell. I am still considered shy by most, but nothing compared to what I was then. And while Lucy’s class was ultimately a writing course, she had us do what she called ‘drama exercises’ which severely tested my comfort boundaries, but I’m glad for them now. They were meant to open our minds, to let us play with words before we got down to the serious business of writing.
My favorite exercise that she taught us is one where we were each asked to make up words and define them. It sounds simple, right? But it is brilliant, not to mention a blast.
1. Get a friend or two. (optional)
2. If you have friends with you, each of you should make up at least one word. Write them down.
3. Now share your words outloud. Write down your friends’ words along with your own.
4. Define them! Everyone should define their own word(s) along with those of their friends! Take your time, and write down your definitions.
5. Share! It’s great to see how each of you defined your words differently, or the same!
My writer friends and I still play this game when we get together… The dorks that we are.
So, give it a try! And if you do, please let me know what you come up with! Make up your own words, or ask a friend to make some up for you. Give it a part of speech, a meaning.
Here, I’ll even get you started.
Now get defining!
Oh, and fair is fair. If you define one of my words, I’ll define one of yours. 😛
ROW80 Check in…….
- Blog three times a week: Only once this week… *sad*
- Read and Comment on 5 other blogs daily: Slacking…
- Work on my Novel in Progress 1 hour a day: One thing at least that I’m sticking to! (and the most important. ^^)
- Finish my MFA apps by their deadlines: All done!
- Complete Mass Effect 2 by March 6th: Done!
- Wake up earlier: Had to be to work by 7:30 this week, so definitely done. ^^