Exercising Your Mind

I like tinkering with ideas. I like curiosities.

I mused about this earlier today.

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I didn’t have an agenda. I was just thinking about it. I was curious.

And that’s an important key to my writing. What do I find curious? How do I play with an idea? The easiest way to play with an idea is to create a fictional world where you can easily (and safely) toy with something on your mind.

Even better? Practice your creativity on complete randomness. Like this random first line generator. Write a story from one of these opening lines:

• As he took in the view from the twentieth floor, the lights went out all over the city

• The footsteps were moving away

• He was at a crossroads and whichever path he chose would ruin someone’s life

• Bacon sandwiches always reminded her

These are just a few random opening lines from a writing exercises website I stumbled onto. Feel free to glean from it what you will. Pick it clean of creative gems. Use it to enhance your work, or just pull some lines to play around for a bit.

The best part is that it’s up to you.

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