Getting back into the daily habit of writing has meant more than just putting words on the page; it has also meant a very tidy house. When my characters don’t want to cooperate or when a scene just isn’t working and I don’t know quite how to fix it, a mindless activity like cleaning out a cupboard is often just the break I need. I invariably wind up thinking about the story and, on occasion, I’ll run across some random item that triggers a story idea. That happened just today when I was cleaning out the trunk of the car. Of course it wasn’t an idea for the current story, but still, and idea is an idea.
Anyway, now that the car is devoid of debris, the kitchen junk drawer is a vision of organization, and the DVDs are in alphabetical order it’s time to get back to the computer and turn my attention to a little Random Word Improv.
Care to join me?
Whether you’re cleaning, working, or just enjoying some beautiful fall weather, a few minutes of Random Word Improv are a great way to have a little fun and get some words on the page. I’ll be doing my writing in my newly reorganized writing space after work. Feel free to start on today’s words without me.
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 (or a whole mini-story) incorporating your words
- Post your results in the comments section.
All right, let’s get started. Here are today’s pseudo-random words – all things found during my recent cleaning endeavors. I’m sure you can find a story hiding somewhere amongst them.
Screwdriver book crayon battery
Tape pencil headphones bottle
Dice stapler tire coin
Bracelet t-shirt receipt camera
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.
Happy writing to all.