To counteract the negativity that seems to have become a permanent part of the daily news cycle, I’ve been reading journalist Dan Rather’s new book What Unites Us recently. I’ve been enjoying both the emphasis on constructive patriotism, principles, and values as well as the idea that our nation has faced difficult times and risen to the occasion in the past and will continue to do so in the future.
I think the quote below from early in the book gives a good sense of the tone of the piece. It feels quite hopeful, which is very appealing.
“It is true that that news headlines often paint a dark and dispiriting picture. But in every community, on every day, there are so many who choose to do the right thing.” ~ Dan Rather
Now that I’ve stepped away from the news and had my positive thinking adjustment, it’s time for me to do a little writing; preferably something light-hearted or maybe holiday themed. Since I’m not exactly sure what I want to write at the moment I think a little Random Word Improv will be a good way generate some new ideas.
Care to join me?
Whether you’re knee-deep in holiday preparations, enjoying the first snow of the season, working away on your current manuscript, or just looking for a distraction, 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 with the Christmas tree glowing nearby and a cozy blanket on my lap. Settle into your own favorite writing spot and join 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 randomly selected random words – can’t wait to see what stories you find hidden in the list.
guide reflection freedom history
hope pageant cherish winter
rattle sleep amusing celebrity
ankle frog kingdom eruption
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.