Monday, June 09, 2008

List Links - Pulling From the Past

Today's link will be a quick list. Start with a childhood memory. It can be anything. Then write down the next thing that comes to mind and the next, and the next. Do this for 3-5 minutes. Here's a sample list:
  • stung by a wasp
  • bus shelter
  • pulling pranks
  • riding cousins bike
  • brother falling off bike
  • job slowdown
  • brother's roommate committing suicide
  • enabling
This list is connected. The average reader won't see the connection, and the list ended no where near where it started. But in the process, ideas were pulled from the past and any one of them can be developed into the story. This is a great exercise for those who want to write inspirational stories.

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