As I’ve mentioned here on the blog before, little bits and pieces of stories sometimes pop up in my dreams at night. Last night’s dream wasn’t about any story I’m working on, it was actually about me. I dreamed that I quit my job and went off to live overseas for a year to work on a Master’s degree (obviously a speedy degree). In the dream I had rented out my house, made plans for the cat, and found a cute little flat just off campus. It was a little disconcerting to actually wake up here in my own bed in the morning; the dream was pretty vivid.
Though a sudden year-long life change isn’t on my real-life radar, it was a great opportunity to do a little “what if?” thinking and consider all kinds of life-changing scenarios. I also thought of a character in a draft story I’ve been playing around with, that would be a perfect fit for just that kind of change. Interestingly enough, when I mentioned the dream to my boss today, her response was “You should totally do it. Take a year-long sabbatical. Great idea.”
Maybe it wasn’t such a farfetched dream after all.
For now, it’s time to get back into a writing frame of mind with a little Random Word Improv.
Care to join me?
Whether you’re heading back to school, soaking up the last rays of summer, or thinking about making a major life-change, a few minutes of improv are a great way to have a little fun and get some words on the page. There’s a chill in the air, so I’ll be getting out my favorite flannel writing shirt for today’s improv. Feel free to slip into your own favorite writing attire and play along with today’s words.
For any of you new to Random Word Improv, here’s how we play:
- Pick as many words from the list as you want
- Write the first line(s) of a story incorporating your words
- Post your results in the comments section.
All right, let’s get started. Today’s words may have been inspired by dream, but you are, as always, free to do with them what you will.
Chance future dream passion
Flight adventure new scary
Regret challenge explore friends
Grow comfort butterfly lifetime
Are you ready? Go!
*whistling aimlessly while you are off being creative*
Back already? Can’t wait to read what you’ve come up with.
For those of you who aren’t in the improv mood, or whose writing muse is still MIA, feel free to share any major life-changing ideas you may have considered.