In honor of Short Story Month and the Short Story Month Collection Giveaway Project, I’m turning to short stories for inspiration for this week’s writing exercise:
1. Pull one of your favorite short story collections off the shelf.
2. Open to a random page.
3. Write down the first line on that page. (For example, I’ve just picked up Lori Ostlund’s The Bigness of the World, and my random line is: “They had not expected the desert to be like this…”)
4. Write a story of your own based on this one line — erase the original story’s context from your mind, start over, and have fun.