Ten Minute Exercise

One of the things that happens in the Dunbar writing group is the ten minute exercise. It’s on a theme, topic, subject etc suggested by the member chairing that night’s session (we take it in turn to do that). It never ceases to amaze me that a dozen or so writers can come up with so many variations on the theme, and in such a short time. Writing, as we know, is a solitary business, and we’re a big group sitting round the same table, but somehow members manage to focus their own ideas, and produce something worthwhile, or at least the start of something worthwhile. Nobody expects a finished work to come out of such a short session, but some of my own poems owe their existence to ideas that germinated in the heat and pressure of these sessions.

Tonight’s session was inspired by an object brought in by the member, and it resulted in 14 very different pieces, some of which have real potential.

I’ve now taken down the poem for revision and probably retitling.

Another group feature is the short biography of a writer, with a brief reading. Tonight’s was David Jones – worth finding if you can.


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3 Responses to Ten Minute Exercise

  1. apprentice says:

    I love the form of this, tercets? It suits the subject matter very well. And all the assonance and alliteration -especially the shallows and arrows.We had a similar experience at the National Galleries class this week, the sheer diversity of respenses that one picture can evoke. It makes you wonder about all the thoughts in people’s heads when they stand beside you looking at a pictures and how much we all miss out on.

  2. BarbaraS says:

    Wouldn’t it be funny if you could see people’s thoughts in bubbles above their heads…?I really like this poem Colin; it’s so fresh!

  3. Colin Will says:

    Thanks to you both. It’s funny, after a relatively fallow few weeks I’ve written 4 reasonable drafts in 3 days. I like tercets, and with this one I wanted to bring in some aspects of Anglo-Saxon poetic forms, with alliteration and multiple stresses. It just seemed to flow. We had a 10-minute timer in the group, but I didn’t need it – I finished early.

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