June 14, 2014. Prompt #45
Write about running away.
- Write about an actual act or a symbolic one.
- Write a true story, a fantasy, or a fictional account.
- Consider how running away might vary for a child, teenager, or adult.
- Write a list of 6 things that you (or your character) plan to take with you when you run away. Build this list into your story or essay.
- Turn your list into a prose poem.
Variation for Writing Groups
- On one set of cards, briefly describe a catalyst for running away. It can be serious (spouse abuse or other dangers at home) or lighter (broken vase, forgetting a birthday, boredom at the office).
- On a second set of cards, describe a setting (i.e, the bank of creek, a bus station, the sidewalk outside Liquor Mart.)
- On a third set of cards, write an exclamatory phrase, such as Not again! Hot damn! All Aboard! or Keep Out!)
- Place the cards in separate piles on the table, either face up or face down. Each writer chooses one card from each pile, intentionally or randomly.
- Use the exclamatory phrase as your opening line. Incorporate the setting and situation and write from there. Write for 20 minutes.