Take any of the following sets of words (or a set you create yourself). Set a timer for 10 to 20 minutes and freewrite using those words as inspiration. Try to use them all in the piece of writing, or simply combine the concepts and free-associate off of that.
- Memory, death, renewal
- Memorial, platform, junk
- Retrospective, consume, day
You can either just start writing and see what emerges or use one of the following formats:
- A dialogue between three characters (try to use one of the words as a touchstone for each character’s part of the conversation)
- A short story
- A fictional character’s memoirs
Memories are integral to everything we write. They infuse us and our vocabulary. They are our vocabulary. We use them both directly and indirectly in fiction and nonfiction alike. Sometimes it can be interesting to explore the concept of memory itself.