Studying the vocabulary and patterns of other writers can strengthen your own work. Pull your favorite book, poem or essay off of the shelf and open to a random section. Write down three words from that page, and do the same for two additional pages. The words should be a mix of those you are familiar with and those you wouldn’t normally incorporate in your writing. Using those nine words as a foundation, craft a passage of your own. Don’t feel pressured to do this entire exercise at once. Record your chosen words and when you have a few minutes to spare – on your lunch break, on the train, at the doctor’s office – make the writing happen.
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