I consider myself a decent writer, and I decided to challenge myself by utilizing a new technique for determining nouns to be used in a creative writing assignment for a graduate level marketing class. The method used is detailed below.
Initial Planning and Development
Generate random list of nouns, then write them on index cards, and determine a way to randomly rank them for relativism.
Blind pull of 10 nouns, 5 times results in the following, many of which are not nouns:
Arcade, Celeriac, Clothing, Dibble, Fir, Hatbox, Intent, Soliloquy, Speaker, Thongs, Addiction, Ambulance, Bankbook, Deed, Hardship, Medication, Modeling, Morbid, Remnant, Sidestream, Covariate, Crunch, daughter, Eaves, Innervation, Procurement, Protocol, Rubric, Sensitivity, Spank, Bakeware, Ecclesia, Incentive, Information, Lift, Niece, Raven, Survival, Takeover, Verse, Burial, Cirrus, Conflict, Delight, Eleventh, Elimination, Enzyme, Mainland, Phenotype, Shout
Randomly choose 50 nouns to work into initial plot outline, many of which are not nouns:
hand, weather, stone, airplane, arithmetic, coil, rail, request, rock, night, window, test, respect, toys, division, point, sofa, canvas, team, burst, roof, seat, control, spring, men, push, plastic, songs, advice, ear, riddle , motion, thumb, toothbrush, kitty, apparel, approval, agreement, believe, bit, fire, tin, chicken, border, daughter, mine, town, trucks, doctor, sun
All 100 words scrubbed for "noun-iness" results in the following two lists:
NOUNS (73 with 1 duplicate)
Arcade, Celeriac, Clothing, Dibble, Fir, Hatbox, Soliloquy, Speaker, Thongs, Addiction, Ambulance, Bankbook, Deed, Medication, Remnant, Sidestream, daughter, Eaves, Rubric, Bakeware, Ecclesia, Information, Lift, Niece, Raven, Verse, Cirrus, Eleventh, Enzyme, Mainland, Phenotype, hand, weather, stone, airplane, arithmetic, coil, rail, rock, night, window, test, toys, division, point, sofa, canvas, team, roof, seat, control, spring, men, plastic, songs, advice, ear, riddle, motion, thumb, toothbrush, kitty, apparel, bit, fire, tin, chicken, border, daughter, mine, town, trucks, doctor, sun
Intent, Covariate, Hardship, Sensitivity, Procurement, Morbid, Incentive, Innervation, Crunch, Protocol, Spank, Survival, Takeover, Burial, Conflict, Delight, Elimination, Shout, request, respect, burst, push, approval, agreement, believe, Modeling
NOUNS (50) Selectively edited for brevity
Arcade, Clothing, Fir, Soliloquy, Speaker, Thongs, Addiction, Ambulance, Bankbook, Deed, Medication, Remnant, Daughter, Rubric, Bakeware, Information, Niece, Raven, Verse, Eleventh, Enzyme, Mainland, Phenotype, Hand, Weather, Stone, Airplane, Arithmetic, Test, Division, Sofa, Canvas, Team, Roof, Seat, Control, Spring, Men, Plastic, Songs, Riddle, Motion, Thumb, Kitty, Fire, Chicken, Border, Mine, Town, Trucks
The first and last word of the 50 word list was written on the front and back of an index card, making 25 cards in total. Cards were written in descending order from the top of column one, placing Arcade on side one, and Thongs on side two. The pattern was carried throughout the rest of the columns, leading to some interesting initial word combinations.
Cards were chosen at random (see methodology below) in an effort to unconsciously choose the Protagonist, Antagonist, Set, Setting, Events, etc. Words were crossed out, and replaced once chosen, and the cards recycled for random generation until an initial plot outline had been created.
Methodology for Randomness: Cards were shuffled and thrown towards a telephone pole from a distance of twelve paces. Ten cards were thrown from the north and east. Five cards were thrown from the south. They were recorded in order from north to west in a clockwise direction, depending on proximity to the telephone pole. Thus, the first recorded word from the north was "thongs," the next word was to the east, the third to the south, etc.
Round One Results
Thongs, Motion, Addiction, Information, Trucks, Soliloquy, Phenotype, Stone, Weather, Remnant, Speaker, Thumb, Mainland, Town, Canvas, Plastic, Bakeware, Daughter, Rubric, Test, Songs, Ambulance, Riddle, Control, Men
The second round was conducted in the same fashion, only starting with five cards from the south, ten from the west, and to round out the other ten cards split among four directions - three from the north and south, and two from the east and west. Cards featuring words face up from round one were flipped and are denoted with a *.
Round Two Results
*Sofa, Eleventh, *Fire, Division, Fir, Raven, Arcade, *Hand, *Team, Roof, *Enzyme, *Arithmetic, Bankbook, *Kiity, *Border, Spring, *Medication, Chicken, *Deed, Niece, Verse, Airplane, *Clothing, Mine, *Seat
Thus, the nouns to be used in my story have been chosen at random, and arbitrarily placed into two groups of 25.