Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Writing Assignment Extraordinaire!

Where do ideas spring from? Are they slow growing like trees with deep roots
that gather substance, which works its way into words...showing
up like leaves and fruit?

Or do ideas show up more quickly like a summer pot of flowers,
displaying their beauty in so many shades of delight?

Personally, I like divine inspiration! Looking to the Lord for
help when I'm stuck. 

We needed lots of fast growing ideas at our recent 
Pens of Praise meeting. 
Kathy Leist shared a writing teaching and some activities with our writers. 
Here is how this one goes...truly it was an 
extraordinary experience! We were to write down  words that would be
{ a character, time, event, object --  one at a time.}then place them in
a sack, which everyone picked from for their writing leads. Here are my words and 
what developed from this exercise!

Emperor, August 28, 10:30 a.m., handsome gardener, birthday party, pipe wrench

The Emperor wished to ignore his actual August 28th birthday of 10:30 a.m. 
and chose night and darkness instead. Stars shined out from the inky blackness 
over Hong Kong's most famous birthday party event. 
He decided that the eight course dinner should be served in his 
famous garden surrounded by exotic birds and luminous lighting 
of various colors. The handsome gardener was to
serve him his feast, course by course. 
If it had not been for the 
pipe wrench hidden underneath the
gardener's robe the Emperor 
would have enjoyed every morsel! 

Thank you Kathy Leist for a wonderful writing experience! 'Twas fun!
I encourage anyone who loves to write to try this technique with a few
other writers for a fresh supply of ideas! 


  1. The piece you wrote using your words is fantastic. I love it! Good job.

    1. Hi Chris! It is very rough but it was such a fun activity and Kathy Leist did a great job of leading our class! :) Thank you much!

  2. How wonderful to be with others that inspire you. It really helps us keep going and strive for excellence! Sweet hugs, Diane

    1. Greetings Diane! Oh we have the best of the best! Good hearted souls with a passion to write and talented to boot! I love our writers! We all keep each others on our toes! :)

  3. What a great writing exercise! And I loved reading your piece about that poor Emperor - - oh my, what a headache he must've had. ;) Thanks for sharing this, sweet Sue.
    Hugs from Georgia, Patti Jo

    1. LOL! Patti Jo, this was so fun and I shared this with all the imperfections of a quick write with a fun topic! Yes that poor, poor Emperor! LOL! I think I surprised the group with the ending for sure. That is usually some surprise twist that Kathy Leist comes up with! Haha! So much fun and we did laugh a lot!