June 8, 2014 Prompt #39
For this week’s Sunday Shape, we turn to the triangle. Here’s a chance to examine language closely (and playfully, perhaps) and link images with people, actions or memories with abstract ideas.
- For five minutes, jot down associations, phrases, and images that come to mind when you hear the word “triangle.”
- Read what you’ve written and underline a phrase or sentence that stands out.
- Write that phrase on the top of a new sheet of paper. Write for 15 minutes.
- Choose one of these phrases as your springboard: Love Triangle. Bermuda Triangle. Research Triangle. Musical Triangle. Triangle Fire. Write for 15 minutes.
- Write a triangle poem of four lines.
- Line 1: one interjection or command
- Line 2: two adjectives
- Line 3: three nouns
- Line 4: four verbs
Variations for Writing Groups
- On individual index cards, members write down a word or short phrase from each of these categories. a) A setting. b) A person or animal. c) An object. For example, “City park in the early morning,” “Black dog,” and “Baby carriage with a broken wheel.”
- Keep the three sets of phrases in separate piles. (Or, mix them for another variation.)
- Members choose a card from each pile and writes the phrases, one each, on each side of the triangle.
- Write a piece in which the three phrases appear, connect, or interact.