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Exercise Wednesday: Love Stinks

February 6, 2013

A week from tomorrow is the holiday of luuuuuuuuuuuv. It’s the day when you get flowers, candy, shrimp, sedatives for the kids…all in the name of amore. It’s a day when you can wax poetic the breathtaking wonder of the person to whom you’ve committed your heart.

But anyone can do that.

This year, we’re taking a different approach. Rather than rhapsodizing about how you light up my heart and make my dreams come true because I can’t live, if living is without you, we’re thinking of celebrating with a J. Geils Band flavor. One of their biggest hits was a song called Love Stinks. If you’re not familiar with the song, you can listen to it below, or just sample this representative set of lyrics:

I’ve been through diamonds
I’ve been through minks
I’ve been through it all
Love stinks

Today’s challenge is to write about how love stinks for a character. If you want to take the advanced love-stinks challenge, you can use that as the beginning of what you’re writing. Anyone can write about someone who’s broken heart makes them a cynical, miserable, pain in the butt. The level-two challenge is to lighten the mood a little bit. Make it funny or less-than-dark somehow. Maybe even make the character’s denial the proof that he or she is, in spite of best efforts, about to fall.

Time limit: 25 minutes


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