One day in the summer, my daughters and I started generating a story inspired by licence plates as a way to fight the boredom on a long drive. Our only rule was that we had to use a new one in each story bit. How's that for story-building!
Some ways you can use licence plates to inspire your writing:
1. Character names, especially for sci-fi or fantasy. Some recent ones I saw: NINAKS, ANZY, TYTAN, DR SAME. Don't these just make you start thinking about character traits?
2. Psychology of a character. You can also think of these plates a different way, and wonder what the person is like that chose that plate. Why did someone choose 5 EVANS for their plate? What kind of person are they?
3. Names for vehicles, cities, other worlds. I'm thinking about what life would be like on DIGNITY9.
4. Made up swear words. Those random combinations of letters are great for this. BLEB!
Have you ever had any creative inspiration from licence plates?