A friend in an MFA program is reading The 4am Breakthrough by Brian Kitely (author also of The 3am Epiphany)–I have strong feelings about breakthroughs and epiphanies in the early am hours and so immediately took notice.
I haven’t looked at the book, but there’s some good stuff on his website, including this prompt:
“Amazon has a feature for books called a Concordance. A concordance is the alphabetical index of the principal words in a book (or the works of an author). This is an interesting distillation of a book. Here is the concordance for James Joyce’s Ulysses:
again always arms asked away behind bit black Bloom call came come course day Dedalus door down ever eyes face father fellow first get girl give go god going good got hand hat head heart high himself house Joe John know last left let life little long look lord love man men might mother Mr Mulligan must name new night now old own place poor put right round saw say see sir something Stephen still street take tell thing think though thought three time told took two voice want water went white wife without woman words world years yes young
Pick a book you like and know well that has one of these concordances on the Amazon site. Write a 500-word exercise using only these words as your vocabulary.”