There is a writing exercise out there where you write a story only using lines from internet searches.


Do Ghosts exist?

History of property at 1313 Mockingbird Lane.

National newspaper archives

How to find out if you have a ghost in your house.

Best Mexican Restaurant near me.

Paranormal researchers in my area.


I bring this up because I ran across this quote today. You might have seen it before, but it’s new to me:

Pay no attention to my browsing history. I’m a writer not a serial killer.Browsing History mug

I thought about that today as I searched for a variety of different things as I write.  Most of the time when I’m writing books, I end up traversing a wide range of information across the web. This has always made me so grateful for the technology that’s available at my fingertips and at the same time, it’s instilled an even greater respect for Historical writers who did monumental amounts of work with the help of research librarians.

Of course, as the thoughts tripped and twirled about,  I wondered what story my internet browsing history tells. If nothing else, when I put it together, it was entertaining.

What is the Italian equivalent of the CIA?

What is the proper way to put someone in a choke hold until they pass out?

Egyptian cotton sheets vs bamboo sheets.

MacArthur Genius grants.

What diseases can you get while traveling in the jungle?

What is another word for “unwilling to commit”.

Do Doctors Without Borders have diplomatic immunity?

Best place to get stabbed and live.

List of quotes from the movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.


P.S. – It’s day 8 of National Novel Writing Month. I’m at 14,238 words.




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