Several years ago as a joke, my daughter gave me a magnetic poetry kit called “Mixed-Up Romance Novel.”
For whatever reason, the kit ended up in a drawer in my kitchen. During the renovation, I uncovered them and finally pulled them out to play.
Needless to say, the magnets are rather graphic fragments of language one might find in the romance novel. You know the kind with a cover showing a half-naked man holding a beautiful woman, dressed in a low bodice gown, which almost qualifies as a “wardrobe malfunction.”
Of course, I wasn’t going to use these words and phrases as they are supposed to be used. What’s the fun in that? Instead I gave myself the challenge of writing something not exactly “romantic” with the phrases.
Mind you, this isn’t actually easy to do since most of the words and phrases are like “burning desire,” “hungry loins” and “bursting passion.” And these are the milder ones:~)
I had to work at it. Below is my attempt.
(click to enlarge the picture)
Now, I challenge you to give it a go. Write something that would NEVER end up in a romance novel. In other words, PG or PG-13 ratings apply.
1) Use the words/phrases in my picture and/or the EXTRA PHRASES listed below.
2) You can choose how many words you use and how many sentences you make.
3) Any form of writing is acceptable — poetry, free style, fiction, etc.
4) It’s okay to add an occasional extra article, pronoun or conjunction.
5) Put the words and phrases you use in CAPS.
EXTRA PHRASES: Just in case you need a few more phrases, here are some I didn’t use:~)
“wand of pleasure, her tattered dress, slowly licking, gleaming sword, her glistening body, on the lips, throbbing loins, the butler watched, quivering flesh and leather couch.”
Due to other commitments, this will be my only post for the week. Feel free to copy the image and play with this. Come back anytime between now and next Monday with your responses. Oh, and you can play with the words more than once, if another idea tickles your fancy.