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Inspirations: Change of scenery

In part two of our series on randomly generating ideas, Lynne Hackles advises visiting somewhere new

‘Pick a card. Any card.’

We’ve all heard this said by magicians just before the magic happens. Now change one word – card to place – and see if you get a magical result.

Pick a place. Any place.

Feeling jaded? Don’t have any new ideas for your writing? Try visiting somewhere new or returning to somewhere you’ve not been for many years. Stick a pin in a map of your local area and go there, whether it be a city or a tiny village, an empty space or a thick wood. Consider spending a holiday at home and exploring your own city/town/village. Approach it as if you were a stranger and ask at your nearest Tourist Information which places of interest you should see.

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