Wednesday Writing Exercise: Clue

Here’s another prompt borrowed from Red Plume Press, who in turn got the idea from Soup Kitchen Writing:

Write down a name.

Name an action.

Pick an object.

Choose another name.

Now assemble these into a sentence.

The inspiration for this exercise is the game of Clue, in which players mix and match six characters, six objects, and nine locations to find out what really happened: “It was Miss Scarlet in the Library with the Revolver.” In your case, you might use elements from your WIP, childhood, or daily life.

When I tried this exercise, I used the characters and milieu of my novel. I rather liked this result:

Rebekka kissed Harald with the piano.

Another suggested a new scene for the book:

Hanna walked with Greta through the field.

Try it out for yourself and let me know what you come up with!


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