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.

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