Coming across the unexpected can get our creativity jumping. Nothing shakes up complacency like a unexpected surprise. Nothing makes your readers sit up and take notice like the unexpected. Try this little exercise.
You are paging through a new dictionary you ordered from an online bookstore. You find a strange word you are unfamiliar with, and beside it is your picture (or the picture of one of your characters). What is the word, and what is the definition? How do you react to it?
What word did you find, and what was the definition?