(A Flash Fiction Writing Session from The Safe House)
Rhyme has been used in all sorts of writing, whether for reading aloud or listening to in your head. It’s about the sound.
Look out of a window or inside your mind. Grab four words and create a rhyme. Follow this process, let’s see what flows and you can decide if it’s poetry or prose.
The stimulus is the activity above. Here it is again:
The stimulus is the result of the activity. The process is the means by which the result comes about.
You are the writer, though, and you should use the process to create your own result. You can omit, redo, revisit, edit each part of the process to fit with your ideas.
You, the writer, will decide.
Word count and process
The stimulus is exactly 30 words. When we’re dealing with rhyme, we might think about rhythm too. They often work in tangent. This will affect the number of words you use. Now is not the time to go into metre, rhythm, tempo or beat, but at least we might say that these 30 words make up a verse.
Thirty words. A single verse with four lines and two rhymes. It could be extended. You could make your own and use the process to develop your writing further.
The process could go something like this:
- Look through a window or into your mind.
This part can be done any time and pretty much anywhere. You need to stop what you’re doing, though, and use time just to look. And think a bit.
Decide whether there’s anything you want to write about that is going on through the window. Maybe there’s nothing that motivates you. Maybe there’s no window. If either of these things is true, you will need to go into your mind. As you know, there are infinite possibilities there!
Whichever you choose – through the window, into your mind, or a combination of the two,
- select and write down two words to use in creating your piece.
- Write a short sentence using each word.
This is a part of the session where you, the writer, need to take charge and create. Use a pen and paper, a memo or note taking app, a computer. Write two sentences. For example:
- Take the last word of each sentence and note them somehow like this:
- Wrack your brains and list as many words as you can think of that rhyme with the last word of one of your sentences. Do the same with the other sentence.
- Choose one word from each list.
Choose words that you like, that fit, that sound right, that work.
- Now have a go.
Write a sentence that ends in one of these words. Put this sentence with the sentence your new sentence rhymes with. Read what you have written. Revise, edit, rewrite as required. Do the same thing with your second word and one of the rhyming words you noted.
- If things don’t work out, you can scrap stuff. Read, re-read, rewrite, delete, revise, edit. Read, re-read, rewrite, delete, revise, edit.
- Spend time proof-reading for any spelling, punctuation and grammar problems and check it makes sense. Make sure you would be happy for other people to read it.
- Leave it for a while and then come back and edit it one more time. For lots of different reasons, you might want to change some of the other words in your piece. At some point, though, you should remind yourself to stop.
- Save what you have written.
Here at The Safe House we will give you feedback to support you in what you are creating!