Fragments – Idea Stimulator

This concept challenges your memory and perception. It involves impulse. In fact, it is impulsiveness which yields the best results. This exercise uses places and objects to supply impetus.

Start it by arbitrarily writing down things from your past and rapidly go on to another. Suggest the first thing which leaps into your head and as soon as you have named the object, go on to the next. Allow yourself to be affected by each suggestion, but do not dwell on it. Keep the exercise going for ten minutes. Then pick another starting off point and do it again. Try at least ten threads. For example, these fragments are from my own high school experience:

Parking lot…blue Mercury… Ed Sullivan… Milton Berle… Best friend, Stewie and Bobby… Tennis… I’m not a good athlete… sexual fantasies… Gong steady… double dating… Barry’s Olds… my father’s Caddie… Drive-in movies… I’m not good enough… feeling alone… college applications… doing it all myself… bad SAT scores… embarrassed… don’t like school… bored… hate gym…hate gym teacher… shame… Tony Curtis hair-do… Elvis sideburns… Wildroot Hair Tonic… white grease on a black comb…

I know these entries would be different next time I use high school as a place for my journey. You could do a similar exercise from points of view of a first grader or junior high school student. What would a series of personal images based upon your stream of consciousness look like? How can you make it interesting to someone else?