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Short Dictionary Exercise: My Perfect and Ideal Day

By Britney Pieta

Get ready to get out your old fashioned dictionary! This exercise involves picking out words at random—whether you know them or not— and creating a paragraph from the words you have selected.


1. Using the letters of your last name and first name, pick one word that starts with each letter of both of your names from that letter’s section in the dictionary. It can be any word and it may be fun to close your eyes and see where your finger lands.

2. Next, compose a short paragraph describing your perfect or ideal day as a writing prompt. Write the vocab words in descending order as how your full name is spelled.

Here is my example:


For my perfect day I would be benevolent to others, rescuing all the lost kittens, and infecting others with my warm tingly hugs. Then I would pick some wildflowers and embellish my house with lots of yellow daffodils and pink lilies. After I would get on my hands and knees in the sunlight and pray for world peace, while asking God to intervene for those who are suffering. Next I would use my empathic skills and touch others hearts by writing letters or sending heartfelt emails. Lastly I would gaze up at the sky and be in awe at how wonderfully good this day turned out.


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Fill in the Blank Similes and Metaphors Exercise


By Britney Pieta

Do you know the difference between similes and metaphors? Do you actively use them in your writing? Here is a short exercise to help you think creatively and give you the chance to practice using them. Below are some fairly used examples. What new metaphors or similes can you create from them to give your writing more spice?


The light came in like a __________. (ex. flood)

Springtime after winter is like_______after________. (ex. rain after drought)

Comparing apples to oranges is like____________. (ex. comparing people to animals)

As wild as a___________. (ex. horse)

You are as pretty as___________. (ex. a flower)

Your skin is as soft/rough as_____________. (ex. silk/sand paper)

The cars headlights are as bright as___________. (ex. the sun)

An annoying laugh is as painful as____________. (ex. hyenas)

The weather is as moody as ___________. (ex. a girl)

The years go by as fast as____________. (ex. expired milk)



Beauty is__________. (ex. skin deep)

Angels dance on a_________. (ex. pin)

Green with___________. (ex. envy)

A light bulb went off in her/his___________. (ex. head)

Money grows on_____________. (ex. trees)

Read between the___________. (ex. lines)

My life is going up/down____________. (ex. hill)

I’m at a___________ (ex. crossroad)

Let your fingers do the__________. (ex. talking)

Fly like the_______ (ex. wind)

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