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Last week you were in love with your main character.  By gum, if he had popped out of the manuscript pages you would have married him... 

       

adopted him.....




or eaten him. (Depending on the genre, your proclivities and your moral code.)




This week, you just might flush him down the toilet.  (You don't really need an illustration, do you?)

Sweetheart, it's not him.  It's you.  You guys need a break.  And if it's time wasters brain joggers you're looking for, you've come to the right place.

When you've gone over and over and over and over the same chapter until the words don't make sense any more, it's time for...

REFRIGERATOR POETRY.

But don't bother going all the way into the kitchen when it's right here at your fingertips.

http://isnoop.net/toys/magwords.php

This site is straight forward, down and dirty, anyone-can-play magneting.  See what others have done, and when you leave, others will have access to play with your creations.  Just like the family refrigerator.

http://www.eparenting.co.uk/funstuff/thefridge.shtml

This very British site is organized and for you and you alone.  At least it's a different set of words.

http://www.thepixiepit.co.uk/magnets.htm

Two different boards with two sets of words.  And what words!  brow eloquence occurs here      yearn, ballyhoo, corporis  I don't even know what corporis means!  Yay!

http://www.melbs.org/projects/fridge/


Not satisfied with the same old wordset?  This page lets you customize.  Be nice.

http://www.emmaclarke.com/fun/fridge-magnet-game

For sheer irritation, this website wins hands down.  Replete with cheesy '70s Euro-department store music, pleasant-voiced Britisher Emma Clarke "speaks" the words as your cursor passes over them.  And such usable words too, like frottage, plinth, jockstrap.

If hearing a cultured English lady say, "suspiciously greasy thermometer" doesn't make you run into the arms of your beloved WIP, then nothing will.

In addition to the obvious entertainment possibilities, word magnets help break up the stagnation that can happen when writers have to work with the same old set of paragraphs.  Instead of honing an opus into a razor-sharp story, a stale writer keeps messing with his manuscript until it's a muddle, just like his brain.

Don't do it!  Take a break.  Freshen your neurons with a little word magnet poetry. 

Chocolate helps too
 

Lisha Cauthen has to get to critique group and doesn't have time to tell you how ridiculously overrated she is.  Just go to www.lishacauthen.wordpress.com and all will become clear to you. 

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ext_187912
May. 14th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
Is there anything you don't know? Nice work, woman!!
susanuhlig
May. 14th, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
Yea for Miss Link Queen! Or does that have to be Mrs. Link Queen...
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