Search the net for a few quotes about the human condition. Recall these focus questions to help you in your search.
Collect a handful of phrases that give you pause to think. Avoid anonymous quotes, note the author. (Keep the unharmed list safe in your notes somewhere.)
Go to wordle.net and and blast one, or some, or a whole pile into your own “wordle”. Try several attempts till you have something rich in thought, an inspiration to a deep thinker like yourself.
When you have a “wordle” you like, take a screen capture of it (Mac: command+shift+4 or Windows: Print Screen key) and upload the “png” to your blog and ….
Write a creative narrative (a short short story of about 500-1000 words) that develops an idea about the human condition inspired from your “wordle“.
Warning: These example short short stories from the net are certainly not inspired by this activity, but they are playful in form and have a certain lexical density.
Extract from a Novel
Warning: the ideas you spawn from generators like these should be used with caution, seriously.
Story Idea Generator
Story Idea Generator (tv tropes)
How to Write a Short Story
Write a 100-word story without using the letter “e” in any words. (It’s a tough one!)
Write about a time when, under pressure, you acted in away that surprised you.
Write about a time when telling one lie or doing one wrong thing put you in a situation where, to cover your first lie, you had to tell more. How did you finally break the cycle of lies? (If this hasn’t happened to you, think of a time when it could have happened.)
Imagine you have a friend who thinks deeply and reacts sensitively to events around him or her. Your friend has just written you a letter saying that human life is full of more problems and sorrow than joy and hope. Your friend goes on to say, “What’s the use of living in such a ‘sea of troubles’?” Write a response to your friends letter.
Write about a time when an older person gave you advice which you knew that person would not follow him or herself. What were the results? How did you feel afterwards?