Triple F: Ideas Without Thinking?

How’s your week been so far? With all the rain and snow and sun in the past couple weeks, Pi Day (March 14th) slipped my mind as a possible subject for another post.

So did the 50th birthday of Lauren Graham (March 16th), who played Lorelai Gilmore on Gilmore Girls.

Or the time this week when I was eating a turnover/doughnut thing, and I didn’t see the filling drip out the back until too late (and then it kept slipping and I kept being marginally clueless about it).

And there are some times I wonder why I’ve had trouble coming up with ideas for stuff–with the amount of things an average person hears, watches, or reads in a day, people  could have ideas for any writing project you could think of coming out their ear holes.

Heck, I could have generated ideas from the oil-change trip I took on Monday–the dealership had a separate waiting room complete with a TV, a bathroom, and bookshelves full of books (found a couple older James Patterson ones).

Or when my brother was reading some of my fiction and said, “I know literally no one who talks like you.”

Anyway, today is Friday, which is Triple F and prompt time. All that thinking gave me an idea. So for this week, your prompt for Fabulous Fiction Friday is:

Invent a way for characters to generate ideas without using their minds.

Okay, this is a bit of a simplistic prompt, you got me there–just one plot point, and barely one at that. You’d have to dig into character, gender, backstory, and what-have-ya on your own.

How about we have something crazy, like:

Some kind of a giant language randomizer that spits out random ideas on fortune cookie slips? Something like:

I love blue unicorn farts

You make green soil taste yummy

Okay, maybe not. We could have some kind of force field that extracts the ideas when someone stands inside it. Who invented it, and how could it be used–or misused?

That’s enough to get the mental snowball hopping.

March is about half a spit beyond halfway over.

Make it an awesome weekend, with good memories, all right?

Until next time (and week),



About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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