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Mausoleum in Iran
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Variations on a theme

I was at a preview of the new exhibition “Under Pressure” at the Bellevue Arts Museum, and one set of pieces were variations on a theme, which got me thinking. Why not do something similar with a writing exercise?

Here’s one take for you to try if you’re feeling stuck.

• Your MC rides the Greyhound Bus from her home in NYC to St. Louis.
• Your MC intends to ride the Greyhound Bus from her home in NYC to St. Louis, but gets off somewhere in Ohio.
• Your MC says she’s riding the Greyhound Bus from her home in NYC to St. Louis, but in reality she starts sleeping on a bench somewhere in Manhattan.
• Your MC hitchhikes from her home in NYC to St. Louis because she can’t afford bus fare.
• Your MC gets on a Greyhound Bus in NYC intending to go to St. Louis, but meets a stranger on the bus and follows the person when they get off in Ohio.