Write about something fragile, either literal or metaphoric.
Find something fragile in your home or someone else’s home (with their permission of course). Hold it (carefully!). Put it down, describe it, using a variety of sensory details. Is it heavy in your hands? Does it make a sound if you tap it gently? Is it old and worn?
If you know about the origins of the piece, write about it.
Write about what it means to you.
If you are remembering something long gone, write about it to the best of your recollection or fictionalize the account to add interest.
Did you ever break anything valuable? Yours or someone else’s? Were there repercussions? Where did this take place? How old were you? Examine your emotions and state of being.
Write about fragility from an emotional perspective. Was there ever a time you or someone you loved felt or seemed broken?
Writing Group Variations
Bring something fragile to your writing group.
Write about your piece or someone else’s.
Share your writing to hear the variety of stories group members devised. What is common? Where do the stories differ?
For this, the final Sunday Shape-Up prompt, I turn to the spiral. As this long holiday weekend included for me both an unexpected funeral and an unexpected wedding, the spiral, with its nod toward the cyclical nature of life seems appropriate.
On a blank piece of paper, draw a spiral with generous white space between the lines.
For 5 to 10 minutes, write along the spiral line. Turn the paper as needed. Write freely about whatever comes to mind without too much forethought.
Re-read what you’ve written and circle a phrase or sentence that stands out.
Write the phrase or word on the top of a new sheet of (lined) paper. Write in response to it for 15 minutes.
Write in response to one of these spiraled phrases: Spiral-bound notebook. Spiral Staircase. Spiral galaxy. Spiraling in and out.
Variations for Writing Groups
Read about Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty. Look at photos on the internet or, even better, check out a library book about this land form art. Write in response to it. Even, even better, take a field trip to the jetty! Walk and write. Walk and write. Sit and write. Write some more, then walk back. Bring water.
It’s (still) the 4th of July Weekend here in the U.S. and I’ve been thinking of patriotic symbols, what they mean to us, and how that differs from person to person.
Choose one of these words or phrases and write it at the top of a fresh page: Bald Eagle. “American” Flag. (Stars and Stripes.) Statue of Liberty. Lady Liberty. Uncle Sam. Or choose your own patriotic symbol.
Write in response to your chosen phrase for 15 minutes.
Need addition direction? Considered exploring “gut” or emotional responses to your phrase or writing about how your response to the symbol has changed over the years.
Follow Up Writing
If you are from a country other than the U.S., write about some of your country’s national symbols. Consider, perhaps, how they contrast with those of the U.S.
Write about local or community symbols that move you in some way.
Writing Group Variation
Bring in symbols or photos depicting symbols to your writing group — a rainbow flag, a fraternity or sorority pin, a postcard of Smokey Bear, etc. Swap images with other group members. Write in response to them for 15 minutes.
Postponed Until Monday: Further Rant Writing and Variations for Writing Groups
Today’s prompt follows up on yesterday’s Sunday Shape-Up which starred stars.
Use one of these phrases as your prompt: Gold Stars. Hollywood Star. Star struck. Starburst. Star of David. Star of Bethlehem. Star-crossed.
Write in response to the painting Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. Imagine you are in the painting. Imagine you are painting the painting.
Variations for Writing Groups
If you meet at night, find a safe but dark area from which to view the sky. Without writing, look at the stars for 5 full minutes. Then, using the minimal amount of light needed, write down impressions and sensations.
Inside, follow-up by circling a favorite phrase from your notes and using it as your first line. Write for 20 minutes.
If it isn’t possible to see the night sky during your writing group, look at a photo of the night sky here.Choose one of the photos and write in response to it for 20 minutes.