Often it’s hard to sit down and write. I’m having trouble right now sitting down and editing, hence this blog. But I just came across something to help me get my mind in gear.
I have the good fortune to be invited by a close friend to stay with her and a group of girlfriends for a week every year or two at her home in Paris and chateau in the Loire Valley.
My hostess is a former schoolteacher, so she sometimes gives us “assignments” to be turned in the following day at lunch, cocktail, or dinner time. These can range from riddles to solve, to limericks to create, to re-writing a fairy tale “as told by” a celebrity. (The year we did that, I presented Little Red Riding Hood by William Jefferson Clinton.) When called upon for these challenges, I can summon up the schoolteacher in me with no problem.
I recently found a file containing an assignment and all the responses from my buddies. The challenge was to write a paragraph and make every word begin with the same letter. Mine was “E,” and here’s what I wrote:
Enigmatic Edward Edinborough, English equestrian, efficiently embarrassed Eastern European emissaries, employing extensive eating etiquette examples, essentially electrifying everyone. (Eventually, even earthy eggplant effervesced esotericism.) Each exited evenhandedly, extolling excessive expertise. Edward effectively evaded edema.
If you’re struggling with putting something on paper, this is perfect. Ready to try it? You can pick any letter from the following list: o-n y-o-u-r m-a-r-k, g-e-t s-e-t, g-o! Be sure to let me know how you do.