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Press 3 For More Options, And Other Random Thoughts

  • September 4, 2014

Press 3 For More Options, And Other Random Thoughts -- Thomas W.P. Slatin

Ode to the random thoughts notebook; what it taught me about life, writing, and everything in between.

When I was in my 20’s, my best friend at the time and I had what we referred to as our Random Thoughts Notebook.

It worked like this. Similar in concept to The Circle tape recording sketches as part of That 70’s Show, my friend and I would have a few drinks, and then write down whatever came to our minds. Often times, it would be useless drivel, other times, something funny would be written down, and on a handful of occasions, there would be come useful ideas and concepts jotted down.

We were unaware of it at the time, but this happens to be a technique used by some of the most prolific writers as a means to generate ideas.

Here is an example. The topic we decided upon for this exercise was titled Useless Inventions, and we came up with the following list:

Flavored stop signs, mosquito attractant spray, screen doors for a submarine, invisible ink, self-destructing parking tickets, a subterranean lawn mower, ejector seat for a helicopter, dehydrated water, drop-out seat for a tank, a “fartless” squeezable ketchup bottle, transparent envelopes marked with “Private” and “Confidential” endorsements, reusable toilet paper, black school buses, and a submersible (underwater) toaster for your bath tub.
(January 2002)

The next time you’re stuck, and looking for something to write about, try writing down useless or random thoughts in a notebook. You will never be out of fresh ideas to get yourself started.

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Fonts used in the header graphic are Lobster, Anton, and Trocchi. The images contained within the header graphic are random symbols.

Asides
Why Every Writer Needs A Notebook | Random Random Thoughts

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