What NOT to Google, and Third Option Thinking

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Work is continuing for the #NormalDeviation Anthology after some therapy sessions regarding how NOT to search for #WeirdAss images on Google. Facts that are surprising include:
  1. Weird is okay to Google but in no way interesting; avoid Creepy unless you want to seriously worry about who you share a planet with. 
  2. Lyle ended up with a page full of decomposing bodies during one of her searches but neither of us has been able to duplicate these results without Googling the obvious. #HowDidIGetHere?
  3. Weird and Creepy bring up human images…Strange does not. Apparently, people are NOT strange when you’re a stranger.
  4. Why are there so many people in animal suits? (NOTE: Do not Google Gas Mask love.)
The Google Poll is underway for the selection of our cover image (vote if you haven’t already) and we have prepared the call for submissions for the launch of the poll results. Because images as story prompt often result in very similar stories, Lyle and I decided to add a Third Option Thinking aspect to this project. In current creative writing research, it has been suggested that the first two options that are prompted by submission calls are ideas that are simply recalled from memory. In other words, they are something that you have already seen or read.

Because writers come into contact with similar songs, TV shows, books and films, these first options will be similar (if not identical) to the first ideas of other writers. By asking yourself to discard the first two ideas, and developing the third, you are theoretically reaching toward a unique story. We are putting this suggestion to the test. Will it create greater variation in what is submitted or are we throwing out the baby with the bathwater? Only time will tell.

Posted by DeAnn Bell.


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