Three Little Words



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Trifextra Challenge Week 86:

This weekend we were asked to put forth three little words that describe the writing process.  Much goes into the creative process.  However, a stone cold, rocky place usually precedes the written word (on paper or iPad); and that first draft is never without subsequent edits.  It is for this reason I selected my “three little words.”

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“One of our editors was recently lucky enough to slowly roast on a bouncy, mechanical floor thisclose to nearly 900 other Portlanders for a reading (of the third chapter of his new book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane) and subsequent Q&A by Neil Gaiman. One of the questions asked of him was, “Can you tell us your writing process in three words?” He replied, “Glare. Drink tea.”

This weekend, we’re asking for you to sum up your own process with just three little words. Give us dry wit, pathos or otherwise. And remember, we like your blood on the page. Put it there.”


21 Comments on “Three Little Words

  1. as an adult, I still like to play this game. Unfortunately, no adults would like to play with me. Good one.


    • I bet if you asked you’d find some willing “kids-at-heart” takers! It one that I had forgotten until my grandsons reminded me. Some things never get old! Thanks for your comment.


    • Thanks, Janna. The paper phase is actually the easiest, once the log jam is broken…it’s the inspiration and the editing that are so intensive. Only a writer would understand. Thanks.


  2. Love it! Having just discovered this game–my youngest boys play all the time–walking into Wal-mart, before riding their bike, etc.


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