5-Word Hooks | Constraint Breeds Creativity
Constraint Breeds Creativity
Guess during which of the following two scenarios I got "better" writing done:
- We just landed in San Francisco and before I got a "real" job, I wrote full time.
- I worked at a naming agency in Berkeley, California for a while. I lived in San Francisco. I had a 24-minute one-way commute on the metro.
The math doesn't seem to make sense, but when I was "constrained" with a time limit, I had "better" output.
Now, we can get into specifics here (yes, I wrote "more" when I wrote full time) but for the sake of this exercise, we're going with it.
In your Reedsy Meta Data document, you have a chapter for 5-Word Hooks. It's an exercise in precise and "narrow" thinking. The idea is to explain or describe or even "sell" your idea using only 5 words.
PRO TIP: Add even more constraint, take only 10 minutes or get to a list of 10, whichever comes first. Another tip? Don't edit, go flow Joe.
I'm setting the clock right now and doing 10 of them for the book "Worst Book Ever."
- Your best book on hold.
- Let out the good stuff.
- Set your inner creative free.
- It's not me, it's you.
- 96 pages of crap first.
- Unblock the pipes of imagination.
- You are your own block.
- You are your own hurdle.
- You are your own mountain.
- Move mountains with tiny molehills.
- Measly molehills move magnificent mountains.
Ooh, I like #11. See what happened? I almost stopped at 10 then kept going just a little more.
- Write them out in the peace of Reedsy.
- Share them with the group in Tribe.