I'll be glad when I'm done with this chapter. I can see how this is a useful technique, but gosh, it's booooooring.
List story ideas that come from the last list of characteristics
* Dianna meets someone at a club that she decides she actually likes, and has to figure out how to get around the fact that everything she said about herself to this person was a lie.
* A friend tries to convince Dianna that she should try out for an amateur production of a musical.
* Dianna finds out that some of the vampire-wannabes at the local Goth club are vampires.
* Dianna gets offered a job dancing at a strip club.
Generate a setting and take it three or four levels deep, to see what you find
Grandmother Kildare's house:
two stories plus a basement, old well-made furniture, old well-made everything, stone block walls, small despite being two stories, cluttered with a lifetime of knickknacks, but scrupulously tidy, kitchen smells like cinnamon, always warm, fires in every hearth from fall to spring, cozy, workshop/study in basement where Kildare's uncle does his thing -- workshop is masculine while rest of house is masculine, sewing room, old delicate furniture in the tiny parlor, family room where the beat-up comfy sofa and the patched armchair with a footrest that his uncle loves and won't let her throw out sits, Kildare's room on second floor, still just the way he left it only neater
Tinkerer's shop, open shelves lining walls, little glass canisters like the kind you see in candy shops for holding fiddly little bits, mundane tools -- hammers, wrenches, socket wrenches, saws, jeweler's tools. Everything in its place but the logic to it only evident to the uncle. Gangly sort of stool/chair on wheels with pouches and bags hanging off it. Hooks in the ceiling to hang other stuff from. High ceiling. Arcane tools -- enchanted gyroscopes, cut crystal analysis gizmo, chalk composite layerer device, mechanical rune drafter. Complicated, unidentifiable mechanical doohickeys of metal armature and lenses.
Fiddly little bits:
Nuts, screws, bolts, lenses, rune stones, chalk powders, sand paper, nails, crystals, polishes, grit, oils, unguents, glue, solvents, paints, cotton balls, rags.
OK, I think that's enough of that one. It's surprisingly hard to come up with gizmos and stuff out of my imagination, without having a room or something to draw from. I'm not that good at visualizing things. Of course, I suppose that's exercising is for -- to make me better at it. :)