This is a really useful creative writing exercise :
- Take a book off a shelf and randomly select a word – that word is the center of a 7 word phrase. Write that phrase down.
- While thinking of that phrase write for 5 minutes continuously quickly, without thinking and without stopping.
- Carefully read the results forwards and backwards looking for any phrase that interests you, has energy for you or seems original.
- Write a short story in which that phrase occurs
For me this exercise works really well, it stops procrastination and the fear of a blank piece of paper.
In my case I am interested in using my images a starting point for the exercise instead of a random phrase. Everything else is the same.
The connection between the original image and the story may be very loose indeed, as the chosen phrase may result in a story that is completely different in general subject. Nevertheless there is a connection, and this interests me.
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