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Writing Exercise: The Peacock’s Friend

peacockI always love doing exercises. Sometimes I do them based off photographs. Sometimes I do them based off phrases or a series of words. I thought I would do something a little different and try an exercise based off an image and random words. Here’s an image I found at I then picked up a random book and flipped through it picking words until I had six random words; happy, shape, wasp, friend, object, and dead. Now I was ready to be inspired. Here’s what I ended up with.

The peacock eyed a wasp as it floated closer to him, the insect oblivious to the proud bird and the ladies he had come to court. The peacock fanned out his feathers of cobalt and sage not happy about the disturbance to his domain, as well as to impress the watching ladies. He strutted across the lush grass, casting a defiant shape. The wasp buzzed in closer. A loud caw erupted from the bird as he moved in toward the insect, showing off his bravery to those who watched. And then quite unexpectedly the wasp fell to the ground dead.

The peacock noticed for the first time that a tall gangly creature stood with a cylinder object in an outstretched limb. The object glinted in the sun just before the gangly form tucked the cylinder away out of sight, then walked away on two long legs. The ladies seemed impressed by this feat of killing the insect. Each of them opening their beaks to express their pleasure at the peacock’s supposed kill. The bird ruffled his feathers at the attention and stood even prouder than before.

He fanned out his colorful plumage strutting away, but this time when he opened his beak, a benediction of regard floated across the afternoon air toward the gangly creature that always seemed to be around to deliver what was needed. The creature often brought food and water to cool his thirst. And now the creature had delivered him a moment of admiration from his ladies. What better friend could a peacock have?

Okay. Your turn. What will this exercise inspire you to write? Feel free to post your results below.

20 thoughts on “Writing Exercise: The Peacock’s Friend

  1. That is a great tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere.
    Short but very accurate info… Thank you for sharing
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  2. Hello would you mind stating which blog platform you’re working with? I’m going to start my own blog in the near future but
    I’m having a difficult time selecting between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something unique.
    P.S Apologies for getting off-topic but I had to ask!


    1. I use WordPress and I love it very much! I recently switched to WordPress about 2 months and think it’s the best decision I ever made. Not only is WordPress better about keeping track of blog traffic, it’s also has a variety of design templates to chose from. I did do some customization to my blog (including adding the picture of the butterflies that I created in Photoshop at the top of the page), but it only took a matter of an hour or so of setup to create this blog and transfer my files from my old blog on Blogger. So yes, I’m a big fan of WordPress!


    1. Thank you. I’m glad you like what I do. I try to keep it fresh and I usually write about what interests me in the moment I sit down to write a blog post. I would like to post more, but find that once a week is my max for now. If I did more than that, it wouldn’t leave much time for my fiction writing. As it is, I try to write my blog posts in advance and post them regularly through the month. So in reality, I sit down a few days at the end of a month, decide what posts I want to write for that month, and then schedule them at regular intervals. Then I have the rest of my time to focus on my other writing.


    1. Thanks. Just so you know, I am scheduling new posts every Monday and inspirational quotes every Friday. At this time, I don’t plan on doing more than that, but if i keep getting requests, I might have to get my rear end in gear and do more. 🙂


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    1. Thanks for the follow! It’s appreciated. I hope to keep your interest. If there is a topic you’d like to see me write on, don’t hesitate to ask. Sometimes I struggle for post ideas, so new ideas are always welcomed.


    1. Yes. This was a quick post. I have done many other blog posts on writing exercises (they are in the archives), so I didn’t feel the need to explain more. But since I’ve had a lot of comments on the brevity of the post, I have a much longer post on writing exercises due to be posted on August 19th.


  4. Superb post however , I was wanting to know if you
    could write a litte more on this topic? I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Cheers!


  5. You really make it appear really easy with your presentation but I find this
    topic to be really something which I think I’d by no means understand. It seems too complex and very large for me. I am looking forward for your next submit, I’ll try to get the
    hold of it!


    1. I understand. What I did in this writing exercise is the accumulation of years of practice in writing. The sort of exercise combination done in this post is usually reserved for those with more writing experience. Instead of using the combination of words and photo, you can just use the photo as a prompt, or use one or two of the words. Writing exercises are meant to be fun and inspirational. If something is beyond your comfort level, then tailor the challenge to a level you can realistically aspire to, and know that one day with plenty of practice, the more complex exercises will become easy to do. The more you write the better you get and the easier it is to create a story from different prompts, information, or ideas.


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