This week I'm skipping Etymology Expeditions in favour of trying this exercise from Rebecca McClanahan's Word Painting.
The idea is to take about thirty words, a nice mix of sensory adjectives, strong verbs, and abstractions, mix them up, and then draw three at random. Then you have to attempt to make up a metaphor using those words. This is supposed to help your mind make unexpected connections during your writing.
Here's my list:
tangy whisper abyss
gossamer ruin spectre
brittle reflect talon
frozen knit gold
murky wander dragon
gaudy squeak shade
secret blush sky
swift command persimmon
ossified rot scale
obsidian yawn wilderness
I didn't want to actually put these on paper, so I used a random number generator to pick my words.
Here's what I got:
brittle-wander-abyss -> All must wandered the brittle abyss.
frozen-squeak-talon -> Fear the frozen squeak of its talons.
secret-ruin-scale -> Like the whisper of ruined scales on obsidian.
Hey, that almost works!
Quite fun, this.
Go ahead, give it a try. You can make up your own list or use mine. Did you come up with a really good one? Do share with the rest of the class in the comments.