#28tomake, Day 12

 In Creativity, Inspiration

Until today, these #28toMake exercises have been solitary things, and I think I did OK. Today, though, we were asked to create an Exquisite Corpse with other contributors and it didn’t go as well.

If you’re not familiar with the Exquisite Corpse, it’s a collaborative exercise where you fold a paper into sections, one under another so nothing except a single panel is visible. Then, someone draws or writes, or does something else creative on that piece with slightly extending onto the next piece. At that point a new person takes over and builds upon the faint clue left for them at the top of their section by the last person, and so on. If that doesn’t make sense, here’s a better explanation.

Our job was to enlist two other people and create a three-section Exquisite Corpse which, when opened all the way up, resembled a person. Head. Torso. Legs. I cheated a bit and did the top and bottom parts. My fiancé, Laura, did the torso. As you can see, we miscommunicated a bit:


Despite our sections not lining up exactly, I do love the end result: A weird woman/a bear or some kind of furry animal/a demon’s legs.

I used to do writing Exquisite Corpse exercises a lot with my writer friends in Seattle. I’d forgotten how much fun they can be. It’s always great to collaborate, even if the project doesn’t turn out perfectly.

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