This is an exercise best done quickly. It can double as a poem” – Ali Smith, Creative Writing Workshop
Write down the first image that comes into your head.
Rocking O.W to sleep; tensed little muscles turning into a soft snore
Write down the first emotion that comes into your head.
Write down the first line that comes into your head.
Pickled sausages are good
Write down a different emotion.
Write down a different first line.
The bushes of the wild forest gave away his blue skin
Write down a different image.
A carrot driving a spaceship
Write down another first line.
I couldn’t believe my eyes as I watched them take it away.
Write down another emotion.
The heavy, caked feeling begins to sink in
Write down another image.
An elephant laying down on a pool chair enjoying the Moroccan spring breeze
Write down an image that is an emotion (i.e. that will act as one).
I was sitting at the table at the little kids eyes watching my every move.
Write down a first line that is an emotion (i.e. that will act as one).
When the heart goes knock knock
Write down an image that is a first line (i.e. that will act as one).
I felt warm sitting besides kitty Pedrr
Write down the emotion without mentioning the emotion.
Tips of lips curving into a smile
Write down a first line that’s nothing but image.
Big, black bulls rushed in on the Chinese tourists
Now remove the image (so that its absence can be felt).
Crushed bodies were everywhere.
Can emotion ever be removed from image? Nope
Can image ever be removed from emotion? Na uh
Can you have a first line of a story, poem, anything, without emotion or image? Noo