Write for 5: The Rorschach of Writing Exercises

Card 10 By Hermann Rorschach (died 1922) – http://www.pasarelrorschach.com/en/inkblots.htm, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3594383

Hi Kids,

All three or four of you!

Well that was fun while it lasted. I’m speaking about Write for 5. Apparently it was mostly fun for me. It seemed like a good idea. It did increase my social media followers. Whoopee! I had high hopes about participation but I guess I’d have to have a following of thousands for participation on the scale that would make it a really interesting exercise with interactions.

Perhaps many people either didn’t see the point or didn’t want to waste their imagination or time on what they consider a trivial exercise as I reflect on how wrong they are about that assessment.

Oh well. I learned stuff about how the imagination works, or at least how mine does. Basically, I’d look at these images for just a short time and it wouldn’t take very long before an idea, a connection or a storyline came to me and if I just carried on from the time I chose the image (yes, I did have that advantage) to the time I wrote about it, the writing required almost no effort. It was like the Rorschach test of writing.

From picking the photo to reading the small pieces to choosing a book from my bookshelf and even popping those in the mail, and then thinking about the person opening the package in their mailbox, it was a nice little five week diversion.

In terms of effort expended, as you can imagine, the reward versus effort quotient was a little lopsided.

So, I guess I’ll just go back to as I was. Thanks very much to those who took the time to play along. You know who you are. Much appreciated.

Enjoy your own creative projects, whatever they might be, as we on the West Coast still await spring, the kind of spring we used to know and love.

Oh, and by the way, what do YOU see in the card? I see a Thai king in a headdress and a luscious red robe with two green parrots on his shoulder. (Is she kidding?) Analyze that!


    1. Glad you enjoyed the prompts. And really? re: Rorschach. You can’t imagine anything in there other than the literal paint splotch or you refuse to?. Sorry. I don’t believe you. Too intentional.

  1. Gayle, I found this a rewarding exercise, believe me. We do the same kind of exercise at our writing group, only 10 minutes, not 5. It stimulates the imagination and some of what comes out I’ve even used in other writing, so it was very worthwhile to me.

    I understand if it didn’t fit into your time frame and other work, but I am sorry to see it go.
    I will continue it with Steve and the writing group, and if you ever feel it is worth your time, please re-start!

    1. Thanks for saying so, Elaine. I’m glad you have a writing group to do this sort of thing in. Maybe I was premature. Perhaps once a month would be more doable for me. We’ll see.

  2. Gayle, please don’t be discouraged, although I didn’t participate I did enjoy your writings. I did follow along, at least most days, but I am not a writer and never hoped to be one. Instead I enjoy what others do. Perhaps I should have commented sooner.

    Keep on writing

    1. Hi Claudia,
      So sweet of you to say. Thank you. On the hierarchy of things I’m discouraged about, this is definitely on the bottom of the list. It’s just more like having tried it out, it’s a matter of just looking at priorities in terms of where I’m spending time and recognizing there are so many more important things I need to be focused on. I did enjoy it for five weeks but without being able to generate more participation, it’s not really worth it to me. I’ll just continue to write on the blog about random stuff. Hope you have a lovely Monday over there on Salt Spring. Maybe you guys have sunshine!

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