Who's ready for a little easy breezy word play fun? Next word is a writing prompt that I post once every month or so where I list five words and you free associate to the next word. It's fun. It's mindless. It's revealing to see how you relate words to one another.
I imagine the game has roots in my mind attached to Step by Step, a TGIF sitcom from the eighties. I specifically remember the goofy, dim-witted character Cody trying to remember where he left his keys, and to find them, he free-associated a list of twenty-plus words before arriving at the conclusion.
There is no doubt that I do the same thing in my daily life, but silently. My husband often looks at me with a confused look on his face, and I know it's not just the fact we speak two different mother tongues. It's because something he has said triggered another idea or two or three in my mind, and I don't open my mouth to respond until I'm so far down the chain of thoughts that he has no clue how the discussion is relevant. I forget he is unable to read all those silent rapid-fire thoughts in my head. If only I'd married a mind-reader, I suppose ...
Ok, on to the game ...
writing exercise: Write down the first word that comes to mind for each of these five words:
I always love to see the basis for the association, so share your reasoning if you are so inclined!
Click "read more" to see writercizer sample response.writercizer sample response:
frame - set-up (as in, "I was framed!")
bottle - message (notes from a deserted island sent as a message in a bottle)
castle - gab (gift of, from Blarney)
blank - check (if only!)
white - horse