I was struggling with my writing this morning, and somehow ended up procrastinating by changing all of the words in the first paragraph of my novel A Virtual Love to the first option that came up on Word’s thesaurus function. This was the result:
The timepiece marked noisily cutting-edge the still obverse area. We observed on him, consequently that we didn’t must toward appearance on all additional. The pointers of the timepiece remained altogether that enthused, separately after certain well atoms of powder whirling cutting-edge the motionless, sincere mid-air. I distinguish you continuously reviled that timepiece, nonetheless you observed it anyhow. The drive of the pointers was unnoticeable, nonetheless we distinguished that doubt we observed extended sufficient, three o’clock would develop three-fifteen, three-fifteen would develop three-thirty, then formerly a satisfactory period would must inwards aimed at you toward brand your reasons then permission.
There’s probably a serious writerly point I could make here about the use of thesauri, but really I was just killing time. I wonder, though, what would happen if I ran this paragraph through the thesaurus. Even more nonsensical, probably, but perhaps if I did it again and again, then on the 1,001st iteration, a completely different and completely beautiful story would suddenly emerge from the chaos.
Unlikely, I know. But if I have another tough writing day, I might find out…