Rowyn (rowyn) wrote,

Creative Writing Exercises

Some of you may remember last June, when I was working my way through a workbook called Creativity Rules! I stopped somewhere around, I dunno, page 7 or so.

The next exercise in it was either to write 500 words of an article for "Amateur Surgeon" magazine, or to do a table of contents for a fictitious magazine. I didn't like either of these exercises (I don't even know if that was supposed to be an either/or exercise, for that matter). This is still in the "bad writing" category, so it really oughtn't be too hard. But neither one inspired me. Obviously, the sensible thing to do was "move on to something more interesting" as opposed to "never open the book again". But "sensible" has never been my strong suit.

I did get a little ways into a magazine table of contents. I'm not entirely sure what the contents page for magazines usually looks like; I only have hazy recollections from those occasions where I've picked one up and leafed through it. Mostly what I remember about them is that they're usually hidden amongst 40 or 50 pages of ads at the front of the magazine. Anyway, I'm going to add a bit more to that until I run out of ideas again, and then perhaps see what the book holds next. Or maybe I'll still never pick it up again. One of the two.

Technobabble Quarterly

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50-93: You Can Never Have Too Many Advertisements
94-97: Laser Reactors, Chromosome Mutations, Radioactive Fusion: Can't find an existing word that sounds sufficiently high-tech for your setting? Just combine a few! Take a look at our suggestions.
97: Real Science Corner: Guest author K. DeHaville explains the difference between harvesting solar power on Earth and in space</b>
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