Friday, April 1, 2011

Challenge #5: Random Words


Part of our approach at times is to let randomness and happenstance to enter our process. Open yourself to chance by picking a random word to use as a source of inspiration.

Grab a book or dictionary that you have close at hand, and open to a random page and point to a random word. Don’t like that word? Pick another. Not ready to be completely random? Pick a random page, and choose a word to which you are drawn.

Just don’t do this repeatedly in order to pick that word you already have in mind or one that fits your mode of thinking. Let chance take you in a direction that you are not ready to go. If you find the word challenging, let it challenge you and see if you can respond to that word even if it’s the silliest most unusual word.

6 comments:

Chloe said...

The word i got was 'skin'. Hmmm...i can see a PG-13 journal entry in my future....

Erin Keane said...

My word was "re: bound"--a book title on my shelves. It was the first word to jump out at me when I turned my head to look. Perfect!

http://art-is-try-artistry.blogspot.com/2011/04/re-bound.html

NANCY LEFKO said...

The word that my finger landed on in the dictionary was ORDERLY

Jenny Petricek said...

I know I'm a little late with this...I'm a new participant, and very excited to have found this inspiring challenge!

The word my finger randomly landed upon in my favorite poetry book was "tarnished." The word deeply resonated with me, as my career struggles in the last 18 months have, at times, left me feeling tired and worn out, marred and weatherbeaten.

I look forward to creating more pages based on your inspiring prompts in the future!

Tarnished

Eric said...

My random word page.

Palimpsest

lilsophie said...

I'm really behind, but here's the start of my random page. I've moved on to other pages, and will eventually get back to it. But I thought I would at least share my word.
http://thebathroomfloor.wordpress.com/2011/05/15/jfj-challenge-random-word/

Thanks!
Jenny