Freestyle (Saturday Writing Essential)

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Regular readers know that I never mean what I say in the title. Regular readers also know that when I say “freestyle,” I always throw in some kind of twist because I never, well rarely, give you a true freestyle challenge.

Thus it is this week. You are free to write anything you want — except you have to use three particular words in your response. I can hear gasps from all over the Internet because Len never gives prompts.

Oh, yeah? Well deal with this prompt. I receive a daily e-mail from Merriam-Webster with a word giving its pronunciation, meaning, and etymology.

Here are three words selected at random from e-mails I received in the past couple weeks.

ramose \RAY-mohss\ adjective
: consisting of or having branches

georgic \JOR-jik\ adjective
: of or relating to agriculture

marplot \MAHR-plaht\ noun
: one who frustrates or ruins a plan or undertaking by meddling

Your challenge is to use all three of those words in your submission.


This Week’s Challenge:

Using prose or poetry, write anything you want (fiction, nonfiction, or essay) but include the words: ramose, georgic, and marplot.



I have no clue. Looking at the meanings, you have branches, agriculture, and someone who screws up your project.

You’re doing a family tree (branches) and find that one of your ancestors was a farmer (agriculture) but another ancestor hated veggies and sabotaged the first ancestor.

You’re pruning your apricot trees (branches), hoping to use it to move into a commercial business (agriculture), but your cousin starts giving you unwanted advice that results in your trees dying.


Watch Out For:

The only thing is to make sure you use the three words (ramose, georgic, and marplot) correctly in your work.

The key is correctly. Keep in mind that one of the words is a noun and the other two are adjectives.




Excellent responses this week. These writers worked hard to provide some entertainment for you and it would be, at least, courteous if you’d read their work.

They’re the Same — They’re Different (Saturday Writing Essential) 8/18/12  by Pam Brittain

(Saturday Writing Essential) Truth and Lies  by Patrick M.

compare and contrast-satwe Aug 18/12  by karen vaughan

SatWE….(Contrasts)….08.18.2012….Barbara H…  by Barbara H.


Response to a Previous Challenge:

Unexpected Gift–Now What? ~ for Saturday Writing Essential  by JOHN BECK


Weekly reminder: Don’t forget to recommend an article that you like (to learn why, read Ann Marcaida’s article Attract More Writers and Artists to Gather!). Also, try to place a comment on at least one article and say more than you liked the piece. Tell the author what worked and what needs work.


The Rules:

  • Put this challenge statement at the beginning or end of your submission so readers will know what you’re supposed to do.

Challenge: Using prose or poetry, write anything you want (fiction, nonfiction, or essay) but include the words: ramose, georgic, and marplot.

  • There is a limit of three submissions from each member per day. If you’re extremely prolific, spread out your work and post only three submissions per day.
  • Post to Gather Writing Essential.
  • Tag your submission with SatWE.
  • Include (Saturday Writing Essential) as part of your title.
  • I ask that you make your submission(s) by next Friday afternoon.

Good Writing!

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