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PROMPTS / STORY IDEAS > Have you tried the 'Cut-Up Technique' to generate new ideas?

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Cypress Butane (the-ultra-violet-catastrophe) | 39 comments Mod
The cut-up technique (or découpé in French) is an aleatory literary technique in which a written text is cut up and rearranged to create a new text. The concept can be traced to at least the Dadaists of the 1920s, but was popularized in the late 1950s and early 1960s by writer William S. Burroughs, and has since been used in a wide variety of contexts.
David Bowie also used this technique to work on songwriting.

Resources and Online text editors that will cut and re-arrange text if you copy and paste some in:

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Cypress Butane (the-ultra-violet-catastrophe) | 39 comments Mod
Josie wrote: "Cypress, thanks for sharing this technique. I definitely want to try it."

Depending on the source material you feed into the generators, one of the best things it can do is just create really wonderful juxtapositions in new phrases, that make you think of new angles of approach. Hope you find it useful!

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