During my very first creative writing fiction workshop in college, my professor, Manuel Gonzales (The Regional Office is Under Attack!), gave us an exercise that, even to this day, whenever I’m stuck getting started with my writing, I use.
- Choose a paragraph (a rather sizable one, preferably)
- Copy it into a document
- Begin substituting one grammar element (noun/verb/adjective, etc.) for another
- Maintain punctuation and grammar