April 3, 2013: Jim Knowles

The “push-pin with coherence” method.

1) get an old or clearance book (yellowed paper piereces easily) (eloquent author makes it cool)

2) wiggle/pierce a pushpin through the book in a spot

3) So it is not random, pick any word from within one inch of the hole on each page. Your mind will try to force some order, to ‘cohere’ the words, as you pick the next and the next, the fit the prior words.

4) Now, when you have about 20 to 100 words, insert connecting words and shift the words you took  (verb tense, synonym, etc)

5) You should see a theme emerge, with some catchy phrases. Feel free to chuck or rewrite at this point. There are scenes emerging, hopefully.

Oddly enough, the original author counts. Former best sellers from  the dollar store can be good. Old, badly oxidized acid paper makes things easy…those cheap books at the used book store that are crumbling. the job easy.

Submitted by Jim Knowles from Andover Massachusetts

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