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UnblockHead: Exercises to Help Alleviate Writer's Block: Intermediate Associations Exercise

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

I'm hoping to make these daily exercises based around one topic for the week. We'll see how that goes.

Monday's exercise was brainstorming and mindmapping on the topic of "injustice".

Tuesday's exercise is again on the topic of "injustice" but is more focused than brainstorming. Today it's all about specific associations.

Focus on the the following associations and devote a separate word doc. &/or piece of paper for each segment. Write down, copy/paste, everything that comes to mind or that you can find in your searches. If it includes multi-media such as music and videos be sure to include links. [You may want to utilize online search engines for this exercise]:

o Word associations (more specific than brain map)

o Literature associations: books, magazines, poems, etc. that you can immediately recall as having a connection with the topic

o Image associations-drawing(s), photograph(s), diagram(s), etc. [Google Image and Bing Image searches can help with this]

o Sound/Music associations [youtube, MySpace, and online sound files]. Think not only of musical sounds but also ambient sounds. Ambient sounds are found in everyday activities such as a cough, siren, barking, etc. In this search you may also find appropriate lyrics which can be put in this category &/or in the word association category

o Product associations [pop culture sites]

o Video associations [imdb, Netflix, youtube,vimeo]

o Other Sensory associations: Touch, taste, and smell

o Also consider associations that those from other cultures or backgrounds may have, rather than just your own assumptions.

Much of writing is research. In fact, I believe that 90% of writing is reading, research, interviewing, and gathering material, 5% is planning, and 5% is actual writing. Just my theory, though.


If you'd like to get straight to writing here is a fiction prompt from

Rewriting a Myth:

Write a story that is a retelling of a classic myth set in contemporary times. How do the characters change? What is the effect of a contemporary setting? Does the story end the same way?


For posting both your associations exercise and other writing I suggest Everything published is automatically copyrighted and they allow you to keep your copyright. Feel free to post links to your work in the comments section. However, I reserve the right to delete links to works I deem inappropriate. Though, I do doubt that will happen.


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