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Volume 2, Issue 3 * 01-15 October 2004


In this issue:

*** Creative WRITER-cise: If Your Brain Was Up For Auction...
*** Creative Sparks!
*** Writing Courses
*** Anecdote: Champagne for Grammatical Errors
*** Useful Resource: EncycloZine

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=> Creative WRITER-cise: If Your Brain Was Up For Auction... <=

This issue's Creative WRITER-cise is inspired by singer
Dido's Life for Rent. The song's chorus goes:

If my life is for rent and I don't learn to buy
Well I deserve nothing more than I get
'Cause nothing that I have is truly mine

[Complete lyrics at http://snipurl.com/9jq8]

Read the chorus a few more times before continuing with
this WRITER-cise. It'll get you in the mood :o)

One...
Two...
Three...

Done? Let's forge on.

It's pretty straightforward imagery -- Life is likened to a
commodity, one that's for rent, and that premise (or metaphor)
is supported by the last line: thus, saying that if one's
life is for rent (and one doesn't learn how to buy things),
then nothing he (she) has is really his (hers).

When we break it down, it's cause and effect, or an if...then
relationship. One thing causes something to happen. Or this
is the reason that thing happened. If you do this, then that
is the result. You get the drift :o)

Now, here's what we're going to do. I told you that the song
inspired this WRITER-cise so we'll play the "if-then" game.
The resulting "if-then" fragments will be the basis of your
creative pieces this week. You take them anywhere you want
them to go. Consider this WRITER-cise the sparkplug that
inspired the lift-off, the conductor's baton that got the
orchestra playing, the little grenade pin that slipped...
yes, I'm sure you get the drift ;o)

First, pick a number between 1 and 7:

  1. eyes
  2. vocal chord
  3. brain
  4. thumbs
  5. skin
  6. toenails
  7. heart

Got a number picked? Good! Now, apply any or all of
these to the body part that you picked:

- lease, auction, bargain/sale, barter, evaluation, adoption

You'll come up with something like these:

  • If my brain was up for adoption...
  • If my brain was up for auction...
  • If I were to barter my brain...
  • If I were to lease my brain...
  • If anyone could get my brain at bargain price...

Next, add the second part -- the "then". What happens? To
you? To the body part? To Donald Trump? To life on earth?
Come up with not just one reason; come up with many!
Preposterous reasons, serious reasons, wacky reasons,
out-of-this-world reasons.

If your brain was up for auction,

  • What would happen to you?
  • What would happen to the person who'll own it?
  • What would happen to the people who may or may not value
    the things (memories) in your brain?
  • What would happen to your memories?
  • What would happen if none of the bidders met your
    minimum price or reserve?

Too weird for you? OK, then give this one a go. Pick a number
from 1 to 7:

  1. loyalty
  2. honesty
  3. summer
  4. weekends
  5. name
  6. ambition
  7. career

Again, apply any or all of these to whatever you picked:

- lease, auction, bargain/sale, barter, evaluation, adoption

And you'll come up with:

  • If my loyalty was up for sale...
  • If I were to barter my loyalty...
  • If my loyalty is up for evaluation...
  • If I were to have my loyalty adopted...
  • If I could lease my loyalty...
  • If my loyalty was up for auction...

You know what to do next ;o)

Have fun auctioning off those body parts! See you next issue
for another WRITER-cise. Enjoy this one :o)

Keep those creative sparks flowing!


Shery Ma Belle Arrieta-Russ
Publisher, CreativeSparks!
00CreativeSparks-owner@yahoogroups.com


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1. a reporter arrives in town and asks odd questions
(Quick Plots)

2. Metal-Eating Bugs Can Chew a Car in Just 5 Days!
(Tabloid Stories)

3. Vigor rests in the guest room, awaiting snow
(Poetry-to-Go)

4. She knew it wasn't any of her business but Catherine
couldn't help wondering what Wade was up to.
(First Line)

5. What if you're going to write a story about fatherhood
with a florist as the main character and a new dress as
the key object? Set your story in a restaurant.
(What If?)

6. Evelyn Koslow and Dominic Earhart meet after one of them
gets fired. One of them is antisocial. Write their story.
(Quick Character Sparks)

7. little boy, pills, hotel room, kettle
(Random Story Words)


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issues of this e-zine are archived in either of these sites.]


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=> Anecdote: Champagne for Grammatical Errors <=

One day in May 1986, the distinguished British journalist
Henry Porter revealed that he had deliberately planted five
grammatical errors in his weekly Sunday Times column and
would send a bottle of champagne to anyone who identified
each one correctly.

The letters poured in and, the following week, Porter
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of which he had been unaware!

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And that's it for this issue of CreativeSparks! E-zine.
I'll see you again on October 18!



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