“Don’t be silly,” she said, “you’ve got no right to walk into people’s castles and take their guitars.”Diana Wynne Jones 


Tastes vary, but I don’t want to speak so carefully that nothing odd or fanciful ever pops out of my mouth to startle me. Or someone else.

How about you?

Practice: Notice with whom you speak carefully, and with whom you let yourself go.

Advanced practice: Choose strangers you can observe easily, and replace the conversation you imagine they’re having with one far more peculiar. “Those two aren’t deciding where to go for dinner, they’re discussing whether to cartwheel their way there.”

Related practices: Poses, Cliches, Writing fiction