First of all, I tried a sort of ‘stream of consciousness’ type experiment. Instead of trying to come up with a first line, I came up with an image. I wrote down a single word to describe that image. Then I wrote down another word, somehow linked to the first, and another and another, until I had a long list of words – and based a story around that. It was quite interesting. I came up with a nicely flowing story, and a nice twist at the end, but I kept the creativity I usually lose when I plan a story. I think I’ll try that again.
Secondly, I’ve been experimenting with different ways of writing – a computer, versus a fountain pen and paper. I found the computer one quite difficult to carry on with – my attention tended to wander. I’ve only written a few lines of it. The hand written one flowed a lot faster.
Also, the method of writing seemed to affect the actual story. When I started the computer written one, I fully intended to write a Victorian ghost story. But when it got going, the time moved to the 20’s, and everything is bright and modern. The hand-written one, though, was supposed to be a modern story – but as the pen flowed across the page, it became Victorian. How I write, what tools I use, seem to affect the actual story itself. Wander what I’d come up with if I used a quill pen dipped in ink? I might try that one next.