flip, pick and riff

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This is loosely based on an exercise I learned at a playwriting workshop. I've adapted it for blogging purposes.

1. FLIP open a dictionary and point to a word.
2. Type the word into Google images.
3. PICK an image that strikes you.
4. Write a 10 line RIFF off the image.
5. Use the word or the meaning of the word at least once within the first 5 lines of your riff.
6. Tag 3 other bloggers on your list.


Dickie knew this was his last chance. There would not be another. He was painfully aware of his mistakes from the past and lit a cigarette to help calm his nerves. The importance of the first impression was essential for success. He mentally went over his check-list. Within 2 puffs he felt her whispy presence take her seat in front of him. He smiled at her beauty even though he could not see her. He leaned forward and figured it was time to break the ice. "So, what kind of music are you in to?" he asked. It's tough rehearsing for a first date.

I'm tagging Aughra, Jade and Stacie... let's see if they'll play. Heck, if anyone wants to steal it... be my guest!

UPDATE: In an insane moment of shameless self promotion... the FIRST 20 Bloggers who play this game (and lets me know via posting a comment here on this post) will receive a PRIZE! (It ain't worth much... you'll receive it via email... but hey, it's a prize!)

28 Responses to “flip, pick and riff”

  1. Blogger MacManus 

    That is awesome mate...now thats talent :) see you for HNT!

  2. Anonymous Anonymous 

    that's really far too much work for ms bees knees. just thinking about doing all of that is making me thirsty. someone get me a cocktail. haha! i'm just catching up on your blog dear. xo!

  3. Blogger aughra 

    crap. I want to, give me a day or two...

  4. Blogger KFarmer 

    great stuff as usual... you amaze me, really.

  5. Blogger blue1aqua1 

    oh wow now thats creative for a tag. lots of work but creative!

  6. Blogger lecram sinun 

    paul - I'll see you for sure. Swamped at work so I will just be a lurker. Perhaps I'll have something next week for HNT.

    ms.bees - yeah, it is... but it's fun.

    aughra - take your time. looking forward to what you come up with. :)

    kfarmer - actually Sam Shepard needs to take the credit... I learned it at a workshop he conducted many moons ago.

    blue1aqua1 - It'll be interesting to see what you come up with... steal it! lol!

  7. Blogger Lelly 

    hey Cuz, just checking in to let you know that I've completed the Wild Weekend in Wales epic...AND responded to your 23rd post 5th sentence tag (v. dull, I'm afraid!)

  8. Blogger Carlyjayjay 

    OK, fair enough. I've done it, you madman!

  9. Blogger warcrygirl 

    Okay, ask and you shall receive. Let me know what you think.

  10. Anonymous Mr_Blog 

    Did it. Fun exercise.

  11. Blogger G. S. Enns 

    This looks fun. I'll try to find that crazy crazy time for it. I'd love to try it out soon. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Blogger goobergirl 

    Hey this was fun! I tagged my 3 :)

  13. Blogger Thomcat 

    ok dokie, did my duty ! fun stuff :)

  14. Anonymous Ric Soard 

    Ok, I took the bait.

  15. Blogger Generik 

    I may not be in the first 20, but I will definitely do this when I get a chance. Thanks for the notice, I expect to have some fun with it.

    But right now, I gotta go! Seizure!

  16. Blogger lecram sinun 


    1. Carlyjayjay
    2. warcrygirl
    3. Mr_Blog
    4. goobergirl
    5. thomcat_13
    6. Ric Soard

    14 prizes to go! BTW... you guys are totally rocking on this!

  17. Blogger Sam 

    I'm so doing this, great idea. My post won't be up until Friday due to HNT madness, would you like me to email it to you as proof?

  18. Blogger lecram sinun 

    G. S. Enns & generik - looking forward to it!

    sam - I'll cruise by tomorrow. I know you'll rock on it!

  19. Blogger Sam 

    I'm done, it will be posted late Thursday night so as not to interfere with HNT fun! My word is "kneel".

  20. Blogger Blazngfyre 

    I will SOOOOO play this game!

    I will post it on Friday!


  21. Blogger me 

    I'm lurking and picking this up.

    So I'll post tomorrow, too:)

    Happy non-HNT Thursday;)

  22. Blogger MG 

    got 20 yet???

  23. Blogger snavy 

    OK - I did mine & tagged 3 others. It's under my HNT - I'll move it up later!!

  24. Blogger Tish 

    Awesome job, Lecram! And I just finished playing! That was fun! :)

  25. Blogger lecram sinun 


    1. Carlyjayjay
    2. warcrygirl
    3. Mr_Blog
    4. goobergirl
    5. thomcat_13
    6. Ric Soard
    7. snavylyn
    8. Tish
    9. sam (who is posting later tonight)

    11 prizes to go! BTW... I'll be posting links to their submissions later tonight.

  26. Blogger Maverick 

    Alright! I did it! Yay :-)

    Spitting in a Wishing Well

  27. Blogger Lily 

    Me! Me! I put mine up last night... and tagged 3 more.

    Such a fun idea!

  28. Blogger Jen 

    Can't say as I've read your blog before, but found you by tracking back through the invites for flip, pick, and riff. I took up your challenge too.

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