Thinking Thursday

So you are totally out of ideas, and you don’t know where in the world the next great story idea is going to come from. Why don’t you become a magician and pull one out of the hat?
WHAT? Am I crazy? No, here’s what you need to do. And there are no wands or magic words to remember, I promise. 😉
Gather some newspapers and magazines.
Go through and clip out names, places, actions, phrases, anything that catches your eye.
Now take your clippings, put them in a hat, mix them up, and PULL! *okay, if you want to  wave your hand over the brim and whisper a few magic words here, I won’t blame you. haha* Get at least 3 slips out and see what happens.

Did you get a great main character name?
What about an exotic place where there are tropical birds?
How about having an action taking place in the first few lines?

*Abracadabra!* Many avenues can open up for you this way and really get the creative juices flowing.

I would love to hear how this exercise helps you out!

Til next time,
~t

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