That’s right, we haven’t had enough winter. I had a much harder time than I anticipated. My word lists were done by eight this morning but my brain refused to focus beyond that. I visited people, I read poems, I commented, I visited people… Thirty minutes ago, while I’m glancing at something on Facebook, I see, out of the corner of my eye, G is For Gumshoe, by Sue Grafton [I read mysteries and have been collecting the Graftons]. Bingo! I had my first couple of lines.
‘This procedure requires the first word of a text to have only one letter, the second two, the third three, and so on as far as resourcefulness and inspiration allow. The first word of a snowball is normally a vowel: in English, a I or O.
From your newspaper, select a starting vowel and then continue adding words of increasing length from the same source article or passage. Challenge yourself further by only using words in order as you encounter them in the text.’
All words from Datebook, the San Francisco Chronicle