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Writing Prompt: Take Three

20 October, 2014

Writing about an unusual topic, with few expectations about what you’ll achieve, is a great warm-up exercise. It’s like practising your scales before starting to play a serious piece of music.

This  writing generator provides three nouns, selected at random. Use the words to spin a fictional story or connect with fact.

If nothing comes immediately to mind, brainstorm, jotting down the associations that come up for each word, and then see where these connections lead you.

I clicked the generator three times:

 

CRIME SKY MONKEY

These three words suggest some possibilities–sci-fi, fantasy, bad dream, etc. I imagined a criminal named Monkey, involved in some crime where the sky’s the limit in terms of possible gains.

 

SKILL GONDOLA CRADLE

Three words led to a memory of strolling along one of the canals in Venice, in the Dorsoduro neighbourhood, and coming upon an old gondola workshop. The gondolas rested in cradle-supports, ready for the skilled workers to finish them.

 

HOPE YACHT COFFEE

These words also retrieved a memory, this time of a pleasant afternoon on a yacht in Sydney Harbour. Relaxing in the sun, I drank coffee and watched with amusement as the skipper/owner flirted with one of his guests. What happened next?

 

Source: http://writingexercises.co.uk/take-three-nouns.phpū

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