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A writer’s path to unusual ideas
Creativity sparks often from unusual places. As writers we are required to pay attention as part of the job.
I am continually writing down ideas in notebooks, apps on my phone, my hand, or doing the “I will repeat this phrase until I find a pen”. I do not recommend the last one.
I started composing a “List of 10” over a year ago. Shaunta Grimes does this, Austin Kleon does this too. With daily lists you always have something to write about.
I write what strikes me as funny, unusual, appealing or something I cannot stop thinking about.
Authors will tell you to keep a notebook of ideas. Most of us have several notebooks.
Here is a list of places to shop for ideas for those little worlds of paper:
- Tarot cards — just use the images on the cards or use spreads
- Open 30 random books and write down the first phrase or sentence that pops out to you
- Keep a collection of words
- Write down the idea that randomly comes to mind when listening to a podcast — even if it doesn't make sense or isn’t about the topic you are listening too — ESPECIALLY THEN
- Random memories — when I was blow drying my hair yesterday I remembered a friend whose dryer in high school caught fire
- A Grateful list
- Write what is important to you
- From Julia Cameron — write down 5 imaginary lives
- Write down snippets of overheard conversations
- Write a description of a person you are watching in a cafe or at work
- Words from children
- Those words and phrases that fly at your from your intuition
- Look at the table of contents from books and magazines and modify them to title and headlines of your own
- Make a list of 50 potential headlines for articles
- Make a list of 50 potential titles for short stories
- N+7 http://www.spoonbill.org/n+7/
Here are some things I wrote down the last few days:
- ”I can’t believe you aren’t a morning person-you do it so well”
- He’s sitting on your chew [shoe] — little kid dialect
- Duke the boxer puppy
- “I have learned to love a surprise”
- The chainsaw sounds like a screaming deer.
- Think about my time blocking as a coach for article.