1) One of my writing buddies suggested a vicious exercise – write for five minutes without using the letter “e”. If you have a few minutes, give this exercise a try and I’ll post what you write.
To My Dog Rafa
Your claws – spiky and sharp
Your tummy – I could scratch all day
Your fluffy tail – arching toward your back
Your snout drips with joy
Lift your paws so I can pick you up, my Poochico.
2) Another writing partner proposed “A day in the life of a pet” with a five minute time limit. Read it VERY QUICKLY to get the full effect.
(click click click click click) I’m up! You’re not. (click click click) I’m cute in my basket! WAKE UP! (click click click) You’re UP! See my paws? I’m right here dancing. Liftmeliftmeliftmeliftmeliftme so I can pant in your face and sneeze in your smiling mouth. Pets please. Scratch my Ewok ears. Now do it again.
I’m hot. I’m hungry. I’m happy. Can we eat yet? I could pee like NOW! Lift me down, gently so you don’t squash my trachea. I’m actually hungry AT THE MOMENT and did I mention that I NEED TO PEE!
Down the stairs through the kitchen and out the door. 3 dogs to the left behind the fence. 3 dogs to the right behind the fence. I could literally bark ALL DAY. I love talking to the neighbors. Eventually, I’ll chew my way through the boards. Then Teddy and I can bark our heads off in person.
I forgot to pee.
I’m hot. Is it breakfast time? I could pee again. Pick me up!