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Adopted language

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Words - Photo by Steve Johnson via flickrStudying 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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