June 21, 2014. Prompt #51
After dinner with friends tonight , I marked this longest day of the year with a walk to Wonderland Lake. There, redwings chattered, the foothills reflected themselves in the water, and two mallard chicks paddled behind with their mother. On the path home, I nearly bumped into a mule deer. I like to celebrate the cycles of the year: solstice and equinoxes; full, new and blue moons; lunar and solar eclipses. I revel in a colorful sunrise and sunset.
- Write about an annual, monthly or even daily ritual that you (or a character) observe.
- Your ritual can revolve around a holiday, a seasonal occurrence or something societal, such as the last day of school, the opening of hunting season, or the homecoming football game.
- Write for 15 minutes.
- Write about a very personal ritual, not connected to society as a whole.
- Invent a ritual for yourself or a character.
Variations for Writing Groups
- On separate pieces of paper, each member writes a one-sentence description of a ritual they partake in and a second ritual that is entirely made up.
- Place the papers in the middle of the table and read the descriptions out loud.
- Guess which rituals are real (that it, one that someone in the group or someone they know actually observes) and which are entirely imaginary.
- Choose one description — real or fictional — and expand on it. Add back-story, details, and conflict as needed. Write for 20 minutes.
Two of next week’s prompts will focus on editing and revision. To prepare, find a story, poem, or essay to revisit. You can use a rough draft or a polished piece with which you are willing to experiment.