You know what they say, a day without playing with your diction is, well, a day wasted. To help you meet your daily dose of diction fun, I bring you this exercise from Sage Cohen’s book, Writing The Life Poetic.
Guidelines: Choose one (or two or three) of the following sentences. Fill in the blanks with the most surprising words and phrases you can imagine. If you take delight in your new sentence, please share with others in the comment box.
1. I was afraid to tell you _______________________
2. If only the _________________ would believe _____________________
3. She had always wanted to ___________________ but ____________________
4. Lately, the ________________ was _________________ despite the ________________ it once was.
5. No two __________________ will ever be ____________________
Source: Cohen, Sage. Writing The Life Poetic: An Invitation To Read And Write Poetry. Cincinnatti: Writer’s Digest Books, 2009. Print.