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Feb 22, 2019 22:50:23

I still don't know what to write. So I looked up the dictionary.

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This slump cheat is called Writing Scrabble. Just like how you collect letters to form words in the game Scrabble, you select a bunch of 10-20 words randomly from the dictionary, and try to make something up using some or all of those words.

You can string it up into a short story, like how as kids we did those "Complete the sentence..." homework. Or it can be pieced into a poem, or a free verse. I quite like the idea of using random words to 'jester', by writing poems that read like it links up but are actually completely nonsensical, or up to how the reader interprets it.

Here's the 20 words I picked:

affinity, comfortably, opinionated, jigsaw, acrobat, pressing, opponent, urgency, minimize, off, lead, hearing, keeper, secular, continue, sneeze, infant, discount, flashback, dolphin 

Here goes! Selected words in bold:


What a keeper! What affinity

To have your opponent pressing you with urgency

like an infant crying out for a dolphin   

no matter how opinionated he might be, 

Continue walking on comfortably,

as an acrobat would walking on tightrope

while piecing a jigsaw bought in discount store.

Even if he sneeze,

hearing that, bless him quietly, 

in a secular way

Minimize contact, turn off all exchanges

Else it will lead

to a weird flashback once more. 

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    @jasonleow I'd never heard of this before, but I like the brain stretching it forces - thank you for sharing!

    Will Anders avatar Will Anders | Feb 22, 2019 11:24:45
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      @willanders yeah i never heard of it too...it's a made-up game. Try it some day and let m e know if it works for you too!

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Feb 23, 2019 09:14:58
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      @jasonleow @willanders thats wonderful! Name for what we were doing and a bit more to do!

      Scrabble Writing for a Slump Mode day!!!

      And I love the poem!!!
      (how did you pick the word?)

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Feb 23, 2019 21:38:47
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      @lucjah thanks! It's a poem that makes no sense haha. i picked the words by just randomly flipping open a page in the dictionary and using the first word i see.

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Feb 24, 2019 11:46:52
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