for Monday, August 11, 2014
Write a piece based on a fleeting image from a dream or piecemeal memory.
- Try writing in an unfamiliar voice.
- Try writing from multiple perspectives.
- Try using two of more of the following words: Dim. Instead. Impossible. Faint. Linger. Damp. Silent. Drip. Root. Laughter. Cough.
For Sunday, August 10
Micro Prompt: Write about giving, receiving or arranging a bouquet of flowers–either wildflowers, garden flowers, or flowers from a florist.
Write for 15 minutes.
For Friday, August 8
From small towns to big cities, window displays hold a special allure. For this prompt, stand in front of a window display for 5 to 10 minutes, writing down notes on what you see, the display’s design, who its intended audience might be, and most importantly, your emotional response to it.
Later, expand your writing by responding to one of these questions (or one of your own.)
- What emotions does the window display bring up for you (or your character)? What does the window seem to promise?
- If you could own one thing in the window, what would it be and why?
- Imagine stealing one item in the window? Who would steal it? Why?
- Is this the kind of store where you normal shop? Why or why not? If not, write about walking inside for the first time. If so, write about passing it by.
For Thursday, August 7
Write a poem or flash fiction piece that includes a sunset.
Playing off of yesterday’s post, try incorporating yesterday’s suggestions or work with some of these.
1. Write from the point of view of someone on the boat or on the island in the photo. Imagine they are eager for the sun to set. Why?
2. Write about the most dramatic sunset you’ve ever seen.
3. Write about waiting in relation to the sunset.
4. Sunsets are often symbols of conclusion or contentment. Try writing a piece in which a sunset conjures up opposite feelings, perhaps of new beginnings, agitation, or anticipation.
For Wednesday, August 6
Write a poem or flash fiction piece that includes a sunrise.
1. If there’s a person involved, write about their interior state of mind.
2. Write about the most dramatic sunrise you’ve ever seen.
3. Write about waiting in relation to a sunrise.
4. Sunrises are often signs of hope or renewal. Try writing a piece in which a sunrise conjures up opposite feelings, perhaps of frustration, disappointment, or despair.
For Tuesday, August 5
Write a poem or flash fiction piece that revolves an unusual object, one that is particularly odd, chilling, or mildly gruesome.
1. Make your opening line a clear, simple description of the object: Snakes in a jar. A rusty pile of nails. A broken marionette.
2. Are you afraid to touch it? Is your character shocked to see?
3. Does it raise concerns? Bring back memories?
For Friday, August 1, 2014
Write in the voice of one of your ancestors.
Tell a story in their voice that describes a great difficulty.
Describe a small triumph.
If you don’t a strong sense of an ancestor, imagine how they might have talked or write pure fiction.