No Words

Tell us about a time you couldn’t quite get your words or images to express what you wanted to express. What do you think the barrier was? For bonus points, try again.

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Create a story from this list of random words

Create a story from this list of random words:

  1. Richard
  2. verge
  3. exhaustion
  4. doctor
  5. ferocity
  6. goddess
  7. Friday
  8. selflessness
  9. rosebush
  10. inconsolable
  11. bucket
  12. phalanx
  13. silent
  14. peas
  15. limbo
  16. dandelions
  17. guard
  18. tree
  19. cassette
  20. imbibed
  21. politics
  22. disembodied
  23. pocket
  24. Lord
  25. cots
  26. avail
  27. sluggard
  28. snowstorm
  29. chef
  30. amid
  31. surge
  32. Thanksgiving
  33. influx
  34. lingered
  35. rapacious
  36. melancholy
  37. perspicacious
  38. Sam
  39. finite
  40. pursed
  41. pilgrim
  42. marauding
  43. kingdom
  44. naïveté
  45. self-possession
  46. madame
  47. heaven
  48. grass
  49. seize
  50. indication
  51. pokerfaced
  52. distorted
  53. halcyon
  54. offended
  55. dingy
  56. arduous
  57. epaulettes
  58. schizophrenic
  59. aphorism
  60. Sophie
  61. bourgeois
  62. facetious
  63. antecedents
  64. erudite
  65. radiantly
  66. aloof
  67. knave
  68. amid
  69. transitory
  70. surge
  71. influx
  72. lingered
  73. combative
  74. sanctimonious
  75. biology
  76. audacity
  77. remorse
  78. perpetual
  79. leveler
  80. indolent
  81. aghast
  82. taboo
  83. dwindling
  84. revisionist
  85. lavender
  86. raspy
  87. haunches
  88. curves
  89. flaccid
  90. earthly
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Think of a situation in which someone persuaded you to do something that you felt wouldn’t work out, but you did it anyway. What were the results? If you want to persuade people to do something you think is really important, but they don’t really want to do it, what arguments do you use to convince them that they should?

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Evolve a Word

Language evolves. The meaning of a word can shift over time as we use it differently – think of “cool,” “heavy,” or even “literally.” Today, give a word an evolutionary push: give a common word a new meaning, explain it to us.

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Environmental Disaster

Write about an environmental disaster that you have either witnessed or heard about recently in the news.

First jot down notes on a blank page under three headings: “Land,” “Air,” and “Water.” Now draw on these notes to classify, in an essay, the effects of the disaster in each of your three categories. Do not withhold frightening or gross information, for it will show the reader the importance of your subject. In your second draft add more sense images and sharpen your transitions. Read your final draft aloud to someone keeping enough eye contact to judge which passages have the strongest effect.

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More Holidays!

You may be of the opinion that there are not enough holidays in the school year which permit you to take off from school. So invent some! Make up three new holidays which are so important that school has to be closed a week for each holiday. How about a World Series Holiday, or a Grey Cup Holiday that gives you the week off? Justify your holiday with strong arguments.

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