This week I was at a conference at a local university. In between the plenary sessions, break-out discussions, and appallingly health conscious breakfasts and lunches, there were chunks of time set aside for networking and “continuing to discuss the material covered with other attendees.”
Naturally I chose to slip out, despite the ongoing rain, and use some of that time to explore the university’s nearby Rodin sculpture garden. What can I say? You can lead an introvert to people, but you can’t make her talk. Or something like that.
I’m a big fan of Rodin’s work and was even lucky enough to see a number of his pieces in the Musée Rodin in Paris several years ago. Looking the Gates of Hell yesterday, I couldn’t help but think of all the stories it contains and what a monument to persistence it is (he worked on it, on and off, for 37 years).
Next time I get discouraged with the progress on my WIP, I’m going to remember that persistence and be glad that I haven’t quite hit the 37-year mark with my current characters.
I have the day off work today, so I’m planning to make some good progress on my story. I think a big cup of coffee and a round of Random Word Improv will be just the thing to wake up my creativity.
Care to join me?
Whether you’re trapped in a business meeting, indulging in your inner-news-junkie, flexing your creativity, or just enjoying the sound of the raindrops on the rooftop, a few minutes of Random Word Improv are a great way to have a little fun and get some words on the page. I have some extra incentive to meet my writing goals today – Kristan Higgins will be at a local bookstore later this evening and I’m planning to go if I meet my word count. Feel free to choose your own writing motivation.
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 randomly selected Gates of Hell inspired words– can’t wait to see what stories you find hidden in the list.
judgment flame beautiful shade
river think eternal kiss
circle darkness reward meditation
descend devil sinner hound
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.