[Daily Prompt] May 13 – Use Your Mouth

Words do more than carry meaning; words have a physical aspect too.

Even for readers who no longer have to move their lips while they read, certain words carry with them the relish of being said aloud:

  • Squirm
  • Upchuck
  • Sludge
  • Blunder
  • Squelch
  • Lumpy
  • Frisson
  • Blubber
  • Rumble
  • Ooze
  • Flow

These words are wonderful for showing, not telling: unusual combinations of consonants, words borrowed from other languages, words that make you pout or go ‘ew’ as you say them.

The prompt: write a story that uses descriptive words that make your mouth move.

(This prompt inspired by this excellent talk by Michel A. Arnzen at the Odyssey Workshop.)


7 thoughts on “[Daily Prompt] May 13 – Use Your Mouth”

  1. WOW! Loved reading this prompt and all the cool comments. Hilariously cool response, Summer Ross.

    After my speech at Odyssey, I developed the idea into a full-bore “how-to” essay that you can read in the just-released book, MANY GENRES, ONE CRAFT: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction (on amazon, or click thru my website to learn more). Visitors here might also like the ‘instigation’ writing prompts at http://gorelets.com

    Keep writing, folks!

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