The cut-up technique is a fun, aleatory writing exercise that can help you push the boundaries of your use of syntax and vocabulary.
There are a few ways you can use this worksheet…
- Crease the page along the vertical lines. Fold so that the edges meet and write a text across columns 4 and 1. You can use found words, or write your own. Repeat for the other side (columns 2 and 3). Now fold the page down the centre and read the resulting text. What new ideas emerge?
- Write a separate text in each of the 4 columns. You might like to insert some poetry and experiment with different styles and eras for more “dynamic range” in your cut-up writing. Then either read across the lines, or cut up the page along the vertical folds and rearrange the columns.
- For more variety, you can also fold or cut the page horizontally, or cut vertically down the middle of each column.
- Cut out your favourite words and paste them into other portions of the text.
- Print on both sides of the page for even more cut-up or fold-in options!