Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Slice of Life 2018: 14 of 31

For the month of March, I am participating in the Eleventh Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge. That means that I am writing every day for the month of March in the good company of the Two Writing Teachers community. 

Over the weekend, I joined up with other writers for a Vermont writing retreat. We did a couple of prompts, and one that Beth introduced, had to do with finding poems out of single words. She was inspired by Lemonade: and Other Poems by Rob Raczka. 

Here's how it works:
We each chose a word--preferably a long one or a compound one with plenty of letters for playing. Then we passed our word to the person sitting on our left. That person had to make as many words out of the original one and then create a poem with those words. 

Beth handed me jigsaw puzzles on a scrap of paper. (I had spent more time than I meant to working on the Vermont house puzzle.)

I discovered as I wrote word after word-- zip, zap, jizz, jazz, guzzle, gizzle--how much I like the letter z. 

(For those of you who have been reading my posts over the last few days, how funny is that? My theme around endings continues...)

We also had a fun conversation after the exercise about the power of repetition and of nonsense words, both in poems and in stories. It's a fun exercise, and I recommend it!

Here's my poem--made from words only found in jigsaw puzzles:

I jig, jag, jug,
Wag, slag, zag.
I zip and zap,
Wazz and Jazz,
Pizzle, pazzle, puzzle. 

Please don't ask me what it means, but this exercise did give me an appreciation for nonsense words that I may have to revisit in other writing projects. Give it a try! 

Happy Slicing,


  1. That is so fun... your poem is just that. And sometimes those nonsensical activities help us find great things. Need to try this with my kids!

  2. I love this book! And I love seeing your fun word play! Wazz and pazzle - words full of jazz!

  3. In 2014, I wrote two poems that used the letters from writers and comments. Here is my comments poem:

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  4. That sounds like an awfully fun weekend. Time to play with words and ideas? I do actually miss my writing classes in college, if only because there was a built in way to play and practice. Sounds like you have something new to try out - and it is so funny that endings showed up yet again!

  5. Such fun-- I never think of writing in this way. I might have to give it a go. I don't think I am very creative!!! I do love puzzles - I always have one going in our house. I like puzzles because they always fit together - they are solvable. More evidence for me not being creative!!!