Let’s Play Cards


Let’s Play Cards 

My hands hover above the keyboard. They don’t tap any keys, they just hang in space waiting for my brain to send some words to them. My brain sends nothing and so my hands stay motionless.

Sometimes, no matter how hard I try to think of something to write, the quieter the words in my head become. I simply cannot count the times I’ve said, “I’m going to write now,” and nothing happens. So I repeat the announcement, and still nothing happens.

Time for a game of cards.

Take a package of three by five index cards and write one random word on each card. Shuffle the deck and close your eyes. Pull out five cards and use the five words to come with a story. You have to do it fast, don’t give yourself time to think. Type the words on your computer and watch as more words grow around them.

Congratulations. You have just received a post card from the muse.

Nandy Ekle


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