Experimentation is a key component of creativity. I often look for strange or unusual places to find inspiration.
On my commute home, I pass by a mysterious street. It’s creepy as heck. You would think it’s a perfect setting for a horror movie.
I used this creepy street and creepy street name as inspiration for a story. This was a total experiment. I think it came out okay.
The lesson is — don’t be afraid to experiment. It’s part of the creativity process.
Here’s Your Exercise
Go for a walk or a drive. Note down any interesting or weird street names. Write down the images that come to mind or the feelings it generates. See if you can do a bit of research. Find the connection and write about it.
Here is my example from a few days ago.