Novel Matrix

Novel Matrix (Shelley Harris adapted from Scarlett Thomas, Monkeys With Typewriters)

Jobs you’ve done / identities you’ve had Locations you know well Problems you have faced Skills / knowledge you have Moments when your life changed Favourite smells Four favourite novels and one reason you like each What are your current obsessions?

















Further Questions

Once you’ve randomly generated a story by selecting a box from each column, answer these questions from the point of view of the narrator or main character.

  1. Justice or mercy?
  2. Nature or nurture?
  3. If you could return to one time in your life, which time would that be and why?
  4. If you could delete one life event, which would you choose?
  5. If you could know the answer to any question, what would the question be?
  6. Complete this sentence: Most people wouldn’t guess that I…

Book hoarder, lapsed teacher, trainee writer