I got a Moleskine journal for Christmas. It’s purpose is to be a portable idea bank for new articles, blog posts, books, and anything that comes to mind. “Moleskine Musings” will feature various things I jot down in my journal. Hopefully you’ll find some helpful.
I recently read a blog post about helpful writing exercises to keep your mind sharp. One of them is called “Word Association.” You pick a word, then jot down as many words as possible that can be associated with your original word. Next, you chose your favorites and then write a poem about the word without actually using the word. Here’s my first stab at it.
The word: PEN
writing, stories, grocery lists, notes, journal, weapon, expression, paper, poems, magnum opus, notebook, lists, ink, letters, thoughts, signatures, ideas, lyrics, screenplays, ideas, retention, expression, articles, books, “the pen is mightier than the sword” (yeah, I know, it uses the word “pen”), feelings, anger, love, regret, guilt, pain, ecstasy, fired (as in pink slip), revolution, change, words, brainstorming, old-school, reading, ball point, gel, broad tip, medium tip, fine tip.
The poem (I chose ten associated words–and I used the word… but it’s part of a famous phrase, so give a break):
Whoever wrote “the pen is mightier than the sword”
Ink shed on paper
bred books, letters, songs.
This ancient communication
incarnated love and revolution
and everything in between.
Quill to scroll, ballpoint to ledger, a weapon of