Cut-up Results (and mini competition)

Here a while back I mentioned a great idea Tess Grantham turned me on to – where you randomly select words from books as a way to challenge yourself in starting a story.

So, here, in order, are the references and words:

pg171, line 21, word 8
Crowed
pg233, line 1, word 6
Want
pg121, line 16, word 3
Nervous
pg43, line 12, word 8
Horizon

Later on I’ll post the results of my brainstorm, but in the meantime, if anyone thinks they can be first to discover all 4 books these words are drawn from, and post the answer in the comments here, I’ll send them a copy of my latest poetry collection between giants!)

2013-08-11 15.46.08 2013-08-11 15.44.23 2013-08-11 15.42.51 2013-08-11 15.40.35And to see how Tess does the exercise (properly I might add!) have a look here. Fascinating to see her take the words and roll them into lines, ideas and possibilities!

Story Starter

If you’ve ever felt stuck on starting a story or poem, then here’s an idea that’s somewhat similar to the cut-up technique popularised by the Beats, but basically more fun! You’ll need a bookshelf for starters, and the rest is left to fate.

scissorsHave a look at the awesome idea, which Tess Grantham showed me recently. I’ve been meaning to mention this for a while actually, check it out here. I’ll be posting my own attempt soon.