I’ve introduced exercises before that consist of taking several random words and free-associating off of the combination to see what emerges. I’ve also introduced “spam game” exercises based on odd spam emails I receive that have subject lines made up of two randomly-chosen words. Now it seems that the latest subject pattern is the four-word random line, and this couldn’t help but remind me of the free-association game, particularly given the combination I received this morning:
nails salt burns shed
I don’t know about you, but I think this could yield some particularly interesting results. Write these four words at the top of a piece of paper. Set a timer for 15 to 25 minutes and free-write. Have in mind that you want to write some sort of narrative story, but this is just a place to start–if something else comes out, that’s fine. Just make sure that either way, you include all four words at some point, or some form of these words.