give yourself an accident


Every creative effort could use an accident. 

ChainSaw_whiteCartoonist Gary Larson, of the Far Side, tells this story on himself: One day a newspaper in Dayton Ohio accidently swapped the captions of The Far Side and Dennis the Menace. The most embarrasing part, said Larson, was how much both cartoons were improved.


If you’re feeling stuck, give yourself an accident. Go into the kitchen and pull two things out of your junk drawer. Maybe it’s a stapler and a rubber band. Put them into your next project. Or go to Wikipedia, close your eyes and point to a word. Use it in your next sentence.

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One Response to “give yourself an accident”

  1. » EmoDist Exegesis (Year One) Emotional Distance Says:

    […] making Dennis the Menace’s mouth-full-of-food sentence to his co-sandwich-chomping-bro Joey, “Oh, brother! . . . Not hamsters again!” (I would read that kind of Dennis the Menace every […]

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