Thursday, 9 May 2019

Waking up

Hey lovelies, welcome back!

It's been quite a while since I've published my own writing on here, it's been quite a while since I've done any writing, but I wanted to share with you a quick piece I wrote at uni last week - 

The brief - 

From environmental poems we'd been studying, pick out words that you either don't use in everyday conversation or don't know the meaning of. Then take a walk around campus, analyse your surroundings and come up with a short piece using those words. 

My words - 

  • Bohemian
  • Cryonically preserved
  • Espaliered
  • Mutation 
The result -

She looked around. It had worked. Back in 2019 they hadn’t thought it possible to cryonically preserve someone and them wake again. She knew that many hadn’t. As she wandered around everything looked the same but brand new at the same time. The air was fresher, the trees greener, the bluebells sweeter, the sun brighter. Apparently, man-kind had managed to save itself, and the planet, after all.

Studying the people milling around she noted that although they looked the same they were entirely different. Her skin pale and dull stood out in comparison to their apparent glow. There was a bohemian air to them. With this she suddenly felt very conscious. Although they were the same species, made up of the same components, they were very different. She was an anomaly, an outsider, a mutation. While these people had been allowed to grow freely, like an ancient oak tree, she had been trained into the person she was today, like a shrub has been espaliered. 

This task is a perfect warm-up exercise. It helps your imagination flow, gets you writing no matter how unpolished and it was really fun playing around with those words and putting them into a different context. I'll definitely be repeating this exercise to help me start writing!  

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