The contemporary romance that I’m currently plotting involves a news reporter, sent to cover a contentious political campaign somewhere in Kansas, or maybe it’s Missouri or Nebraska. Wherever it is, there are a number of things I need to learn in order to figure this story out. First and foremost, I need a good idea about the life and activities of a news reporter.
Luckily for me, I just so happen to work for a former journalist who has been (and I hope will continue to be) a great resource. Supplementing that, I’ve been watching local and network news with an extra level of attention. It has been quite educational, as well as a little disturbing In a way it’s been kind of like pulling back the curtain to see how a magic trick works.
One point that has come out of all of this “research” is the power of individual words. The slant of a story can be spun in completely different ways, just with a few changes in words. The challenge is in finding the “right” words and to avoid using the same ones over and over again. One newscaster recently commented, something along the lines of, “with all the investigation and scandal talk, we’ve really have to break out the thesaurus to avoid repeating ourselves.”
I can picture a scene where my news reporting heroine is working on a story and trying to find a fresh new word to avoid that “repeating.” I’m thinking maybe the potential hero could help her with that; since they are adversaries that might be fun. I’ll have to cogitate on that a bit, right after I indulge in a little Random Word Improv.
Care to join me?
Whether you’re heading off on a trip, knee-deep in your current manuscript, designing a cover for your new book, or just trying to make it to the end of another work-week, a few minutes of Random Word Improv are a great way to have a little fun and get some words on the page. So pull up a chair, grab your favorite beverage, and let’s get writing.
Today’s random words are random synonyms, but the theme is up to you. There will be bonus points for including a pineapple though.
pretty beautiful comely handsome
fugitive criminal rogue swine
laugh chuckle giggle chortle
village town suburb hamlet
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.
Okay. Are you ready? Let’s sprint!
*whistling aimlessly while you are off being creative*
Ah, you’re back. Kind of fun, right? Can’t wait to see what you have come up with.