It’s an old writers’ trick to get the creative juices flowing, and it still works wonderfully:
When you’re stuck or in need of inspiration — or just want to do a quick writing exercise — grab a line or two from another writer and use it as the beginning of a freewrite.
I like to jot down sentences that appeal to me while I’m reading and keep them to use later. You can also use lines of poetry or just randomly pull a book off a shelf and use the first sentence you see.
Here are two excerpts from the novel I’m currently reading (Cleaning Nabokov’s House by Leslie Daniels):
Even the clouds had clouds.
The houses on the street where I had parked were old and made of stone or wood. Some had been added to in such ill-conceived ways that they looked like cats wearing lipstick.
If you need a little inspiration, why not try using one of these for a jump start? And feel free to share your creations in the comments section — I’d love to read them!
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