Always a favorite, I believe for the exercise's simplicity and fun insight into how many meanings we can take from words, next word is back on the writercize agenda for today.
Growing up, I can remember teachers using a very simple icebreaker to fill time on the bus for field trips or indoor recess days. In the game, teachers would say a word, and students would free associate the next word that came to mind. It's an interesting study on how your mind makes connections and relationships between ideas.
writing exercise: Look at the list of words below and type your instinctual response to each word. Feel free to simply state the next word or evaluate your response. I love seeing the wide variety of responses!
(Click "read more" for writercizer sample response.)writercizer response:
chicken - egg
door - window
gray - matter
pattern - zig zag
string - along