Christmas Treat 1: Weird Stuff


This week—mainly because I’m automating all this while relaxing in Florida—I thought it would be interesting to do something a bit different. Namely, I am going to provide some writing exercise ideas to get you started on the road to better writing. Let’s see what we’ve got.

The odd: Today, take a look through the weird and odd section of one of your favorite news sites (e.g., USA Today), find a truly unique situation, and develop a short story around that idea. How did the boy end up with a dog up his nose and how did it affect his life?

The reason: Personally, the offbeat news is a great source for inspiration. And such ideas push you as a writer because they make you think outside of your normal experiences.

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