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I decided to organize a weekly creative writing exercise in the office to sharpen the skills of the writing pool. Everyone takes a turn inventing an exercise or a prompt.

The only general rule we've been using is that it should be doable in an hour or so. We've also tried to keep things fun.

Please feel free to share your own exercise efforts by leaving a comment. You can do that at the end of each exercise by clicking on 'Share your own effort'. Enjoy!

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Write an Obama Speech
Wordlplay, Anagram as Inspiration
Strictly Dialogue
Character Sketch
An Article of Clothing
The Truth
Press Release
Creative Description
Paired Fiction Writing
Connecting Ideas
Writing in Persona
Point of View
Interior Monologue
Body Language
Alternate Ending
Book Cover
Horror Writing
Dialogue 3
Dialogue 2
Nanofiction Writing
Writing Without Adjectives
Love Letters
Fictional Monologue
TV Show Opening Monologue
Short Story, Object as Narrator
Speech Writing
Tongue Twister
Suspense and Emotion
Describe and Compose
Poetic Confession
Application letter
Essays of Absurdities
Dialogue with Self
Imaginative Writing
Short Story from Cartoon
Five Random Words
Letter of Complaint

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Exercise 15 - Limerick

A Limerick is a five-line poem written with one couplet and one triplet. If a couplet is a two-line rhymed poem, then a triplet would be a three-line rhymed poem. 

The rhyme pattern is a a x x a with lines 1, 2 and 5 containing 3 beats and rhyming, and lines 3 and 4 having two beats and rhyming. 

Limericks are meant to be funny. They often contain hyperbole, onomatopoeia, idioms, puns, and other figurative devices. The last line of a good limerick contains the PUNCH LINE or "heart of the joke."

Our exercise today was to write our own limerick.  It's a deceptively difficult exercise.  Although I was able to come up with two, I wasn't too comfortable with neither.



There once was a man named Elmer

He grew up with all of twelve sisters

He met a surgeon named June

They fell in love and pretty soon

June turned Elmer to Esther




There once was a pervert named Skipper

Wanted boobies so he dated a stripper

Brought her home late one night

Groped her chest, screamed in fright

Underneath, they were both made of rubber



I just had to post here the best work from our group for this exercise.  This was written by Luida Cabataņa.  We all had a good laugh at this!

There was a young woman from Kamuning
Who caught the bus in the morning
It said on the door
"Don't spit on the floor!"
So, she jumped up and spat on the ceiling

Posted at 05:40 pm by bisoy


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