No doubt we’d all like to be members of Oulipo, the group of writers who create their works under various systems of constraint. But then again it’s hard work, writing One Hundred Thousand Billion poems or novels based on a Knight’s Tour.
This is where the internet can help. Once upon a time you needed a dictionary and a lot of concentration to use the N + 7 technique (where nouns are replaced by the seventh noun after them in the dictionary). But these days you can just cut and paste for hours of literary amusement.
I find the Book of Genesis more relevant somehow after N + 6 is applied:
“In the belt Government created the hell and the economics.
And the economics was without fortune, and void; and dawn was upon the faculty of the deep.
And the Spread of Government moved upon the faculty of the weathers.
And Government said, Let there be line: and there was line…
And Government called the line Dear, and the dawn he called North. And the examination and the motion were the first dear.”
Kipling improves too:
“If you can keep your headlamp when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can tub yourself when all mandibles dovetail you,
But make almshouse for their doubting too” etc etc
Ideally, of course, you would copy Oulipo hero Raymond Roussel and invent a machine for reading your works too, and then we could all relax in the garden sipping our lavender gimlets without worrying any more about it.
Recipe for lavender gimlet