Today I’m working on exercise 1 of the eleventh section of ‘Back to Creative Writing School’. This section is called ‘Hit and Miss Bibliomancy’.
Bibliomancy is the practice of telling the future by opening a random book and reading the first phrase seen to divine an answer. In this exercise I had to choose three random words from a dictionary and write a scene, either using the words directly or as themes.
I’ve had my ‘big’ dictionary (as pictured above) since 2001 possibly longer. I know it went to university with me then, but I’m not sure how long before that I got it. It’s the 1996 edition, so it is possible I’ve had it since the late nineties. Opening it randomly and choosing three words gave me
– Of flax
– (of hair) coloured like dressed flax; pale yellow
– Cellular lava or fragments of it
– The slag or dross of metals
– lacking vigour; idle; inert; apathetic
– (of ideas) lacking force; uninteresting
– (of trade etc.) slow moving; sluggish
– faint; weak
Today I’ve started writing something; tomorrow I’ll try to finish it and post.