Because I recently facilitated the painting of a mural on the side of my garage, I have circles on my mind. For this mural, based on a Kandinsky painting, over 20 members of my cohousing community (plus a few neighbors) pitched in to paint a circle or two. Aged 3 to 60, the painters added their unique perspectives to the mural.
Inspired by any of the circles depicted above, write about
Orbits. Real or symbolic.
Targets. Metaphorical and not metaphorical.
Things that Spin.
Enclosing and Being Enclosed.
Write for 10 minutes without letting your pen off the paper. Write whatever comes to mind.
When you finish, circle a favorite or a disturbing word or phrase and write it on the top of a new piece of paper.
Write for 15 minutes more.
Stumped? Try including a conversation between two strangers, a man spinning on the ice, a woman spinning a top, or a child rolling down hill.
Write a poem or short fiction piece in a surreal or magic realism style. This genre introduces supernatural or unbelievable events or abilities into in an otherwise everyday realistic environment. (However you define that!)
Option #1: Write a new piece.
Option #2: Take an existing piece and add a supernatural element to it.
Need more inspiration? Try one of these options.
A child comes home from school to discover his twin brother in his bedroom. When he left for school that day, he didn’t have a twin brother.
An urban community garden produces vegetables no one planted and no one recognizes. What happens when an 80-year-old woman takes some home and makes vegetable soup?
A janitor spills a new cleaning solution on her hands and discovers she can read people’s thoughts. Or heal people’s illnesses. Or …?
A character wakes up to find he’s turned into a cockroach. (Oh wait, that’s been done.)