The Narcissistic Dungeon

Despite the lack of entertaining randomly-generated spam subject lines these days, I finally got another one that was worthy of inspiring a writers’ exercise: “The Narcissistic Dungeon.” Write this phrase at the top of a piece of paper (or document file), set a timer for 10-30 minutes, and start writing. I can imagine a wealth of literal, figurative, and partially figurative ways in which this might be taken, as inspiration for journaling, philosophical musing, or fiction.

As a side note, it can be a helpful exercise in its own right to look to something in your life that’s as annoying or inconvenient as spam emails and find a way to get something helpful, inspiring, and provocative out of it. If there’s a small thing like this that drives you nuts from day to day, try to find a way to derive something of benefit from it. Anything can act as inspiration, particularly if it irritates—just as a grain of sand provokes the formation of a pearl. Not all inspiration must come from something that is beautiful.


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2 comments on “The Narcissistic Dungeon
  1. matthewlowes says:

    I like how you’re looking for the good in things. From something ugly, beauty. From an irritating grain of sand, a pearl. Everything can be an object of inquiry and inspiration.

  2. heather says:

    Thank you. As much as I love beautiful artwork and photographs as inspiration, I think I get a lot more variety if I also look to the things that annoy me!

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