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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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2.3.07
Exercise 23 - Writing without adjectives

I hosted the exercise this week.  I had probably the shortest exercise instructions so far:  Write a character description or profile of yourself that doesn’t use a single adjective.  Minimum of 300 words.  Maximum of 600 words.  

Though decievingly straightforward, the exercise proved exceedingly challenging not just for me but for everyone in the team.  Even with several reviews, I still missed catching several adjectives in my text, including one in the title, which I wrote as an afterthought which was why.  A poor excuse, I know.  As for the others in the body I marked in red, I have no defense

Charming me

 

I am into music, art, graphic design, photography, video, and writing – a lot actually.  But I am not a master in any of those fields.   Although a part of me wishes I were (maybe in ways, I actually am), I have grown accustomed to being a sort of jack-of-all-trades.   Proud even.  This, in spite of the cliché that my father usually quips about jack-of-all-trades being the “master of none”.  I remember he’d always mention that chestnut when talk shifted to the distribution of talents.  Ironically, our family is a collective of many talents.  Me being no exception.

 

Speaking of family, I grew up in the company of sisters.  Four of them and no brothers.  As such, my playtime options growing up left much to be desired for.  I lost out on kite-flying, slingshots, marbles, toad torture and others.   Understandably, my siblings avoided those pursuits.  Wrestling matches were seldom too.  Fights rarely became physical. 

 

These may have affected my personality growing up.  Any shrink will tell you it should and I guess it did.  That probably explains my inclination to art, music, and other expressions.  Then again it may be explained away with heredity and genetics.  Considering the circumstances, it could have been a worse.  I could have become gay.  In any case and thankfully, my upbringing didn’t seriously affect my sexuality – at least not outwardly.  Then again maybe it did and I am just blind to it.  Or worse, I care not to admit it.

 

I am married though.  Since 2002.  That should dispel any doubt about my inclinations or perversions if any.  At my age now, if I wasn’t married, my sexuality might begin to be questioned.  But vanity of course was not the reason I chose to get married.  Love was.  Plus, knowing my wife can and might read this post, I make this claim with urgency.

 

I have a daughter.  Plus another one coming soon.  My wife is due this June.  My firstborn, we named her Moira, takes after my looks.  Years from now, I should think she will be grateful for my genes.  For sure she won’t inherit a fortune since I am not rich even though I try to be.  Well, at least she can inherit my charms.

 

One thing I do know, with charm, everything else can follow.


Posted at 05:58 pm by bisoy

 

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