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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 21 - Tanka

Write a poem about dancing. Your poem must be in the form of a 'Tanka'. Tanka is a Japanese syllabic form composed of 5 lines and arranged into a tercet (3 line stanza), followed by a break and then the final couplet.

Tanka syllable is structured to 5-7-5-7-7 pattern.  Example:

My son's wedding day                        (5)                          
when past memories overtake            (7)                                    
dreams of the future                           (5)   

a boy running to his mom                  (7)                             
a man walking to his wife                   (7)

Below is what I was able to cobble together.



Floor control


Balance, a puzzle
Rhythm, useless distraction
Grace, impossible


Give up control to the flow
Move to the groove absolute

Posted at 03:31 pm by bisoy


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