My ten year old came home yesterday jumping with excitement about the literary exercise that his class had been given. They had been given 10 minutes as a class to come up with 100+ words to replace "said". He put the challenge stick out there for hubby and I to beat it or even come close in only 10 minutes. He didn't take into account that they worked in pairs and each pair only came up with about 30 words!
Well, it is incredible how the brain freezes in these moments with the ticking of the timer, the scratching of my hubby's pencil, yet in the end we managed to come up with 95 words to replace said (he had 45 and I had 40 - tell me why I'm writing and he is not?). It is a great exercise and one I will repeat over and over (and I am keeping my hubby's words!).