Whenever I'm in a dry spell and I need something to jump-start my writing, I do what the ancient Greeks did when they needed a spiritual boost: I visit the ORACLE.
The ORACLE stands for: Outrageous Ridiculous And Crazy Literary Exercises. To the untrained eye, it looks like old, wooden box shaped like a treasure chest. Like this:
Stuff that's in the ORACLE right now:
- Images clipped from magazines
- Word box: a small plastic Chinese food box containing slips of paper, each with one word on it.
- Dice (lots and LOTS of dice)
- Deck of cards (to play solitaire while my brain incubates an idea.) Did I mention I've written writing prompts on each card? That way even when I'm procrastinating my brain is getting some creative juice.
- Pack of paint chips (which you can get for free at hardware or paint stores!)
- Tarot cards with pretty illustrations.
- Creative Whack Pack (cards with creativity prompts on them)
- Fortune cookie slips.
So, yeah, when it comes to thinking up ideas, I have no excuses with an ORACLE like this at my fingertips. All I can do is choose something at random and start writing.