IMAGICISE: SEUSSY

2 Mar

In honor of Theodor Seuss Giesel birthday, this installment of imagicise is themed to the iconic legend himself. ‘Seussy’ tickles imaginators into entering the zany world of Dr. Seuss while flexing their own creative muscles.

According to Urban Dictionary, ‘seussy’ is an adjective characterized by or possessing qualities similar to the works of Dr. Seuss. Synonyms included strange, awkward, ridiculous, nonsensical, surreal, abstract, and unconventional.

For those wishing to ‘tone’ their creative muscles, simply spend 5 minutes on each prompt.

For those ‘bulking up’, spend an additional 5 minutes writing or follow the specific instructions with each prompt.

So finish your green eggs and ham and get writing so you’ll be ready when the cat in the hat comes back.

* For further directions on ‘Imagicise’ click here.

Seussy

  • Day 1: I Will Only Eat Green Eggs and HamWhat if you exclusively dined on green eggs and ham? Write the dialogue as Sam attempts to convince you to eat other foods.

  • Day 2: The Grinch Who Stole…We all know what the Grinch stole, but try to imagine what other things he might try to steal. Create a list of traditions, customs, and/or feelings he could steal. For those ‘bulking up,’ spend an additional 5 minutes changing ‘stole’ in “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” to another verb. Examples include borrowed and unwrapped.

  • Day 3: Not-So-ImportantWilliam Ellsworth Spaulding of Houghton Mifflin compiled a list of 348 words he felt were important for 1st graders to know and asked Seuss to trim the list down to 250. The result was the Cat in the Hat which used 236 of those words. Now imagine an editor has asked you to compile a list of words “not-so-important” words for 1st graders to know. For example: glucose, insolent, or horology. This will help you to reach pass your comfort zone and pull out academic, bizarre, or just plain odd words. While you may never use all of these words, many may prove useful in some works.

  • Day 4: 50 Words“Green Eggs and Ham” was born from a $50 bet with publisher Bennet Cerf that Seuss could not write a book using only 50 different words. In 5 minutes (or as long as it takes) quickly pen 50 words you would like to use for an easy reader/beginner book. For those ‘bulking up,’ spend the next 5 minutes beginning to write a book using those 50 words. While you don’t have to pen this tale, this list will show you some of your favorite words, as well as point out possible “crutch” words you need to avoid. In addition, any list, no matter how random, could be a launchpad for new ideas.

  • Day 5: If I Ran the Amusement ParkIn ‘If I Ran the Zoo,’ a young boy lets his imagination out of its cage as he describes a humorously odd assortment of animals. In the style of ‘If I Ran the Zoo,” create a list of crazy-named amusement park rides, attractions, shows, games, and food. For those ‘bulking up,’ spend an additional 5 minutes poetically turning each item into a narrative text.

 

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One Response to “IMAGICISE: SEUSSY”

  1. Jean Carlo March 6, 2011 at 5:04 am #

    Super genius games.

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