One day Professor Old Skull passed out index cards to The Unthinkable Mind Class and asked them to fold them in half and write a made-up title of a book on the top of each one. Then she passed out photocopies of pictures the class had drawn earlier in the quarter using an exercise from “Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice” by Ivan Brunetti
Professor Old Skull asked the class to cut the pictures apart up and paste one on each of index card as if it were the bookcover illustration. Then she gathered the cards, mixed them up and passed them out again and asked students to turn the ‘nano book’ over and write a genre type on the back without looking at the title.
Then she mixed them up again, passed them out one last time, and gave students less than two minutes to write the first line of the book based on title, genre, and cover illustration.
From The Unthinkable Mind Nano Book Project, University of Wisconsin-Madison, taught by Lynda Barry