This Exercise Accounts For The Inspiration For About Half The Poems I've Written Over The Past Five Years
Head out to a place where you don't spend a lot of time, or else ride some form of public transportation and actively listen to some conversations. Wait until you hear a conversation that strikes you as one you would never have. Maybe it's too bizarre, or too confrontational, or more political than you'd be comfortable with.
Whether of not you write down actual quotes from the conversation is up to you, but I recommend it.
When you get back to your home or some more familiar place, write yourself into the conversation. What WOULD you have said, even if it made you uncomfortable. Do you think you could have diffused the very tense exchange? Could you have dragged the mundane conversation about a workday into surreal territory? Solve the conversation's problem, or else make it much, much worse or more complicated. Whichever makes you feel better.
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