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.
June 13, 2014. Prompt #44
In honor of Friday the 13th, here’s a lucky writing prompt.
- Write about a superstition that you believe in, don’t believe in, or are on the fence about.
- Write for 13 minutes.
- Make up a superstition. Give it history or cultural background.
- Write convincingly why we should believe in a superstition that, in reality, you don’t take seriously. Or the opposite.
Variation for Writing Groups
- On index cards, write a short description of an existing superstition or one you’ve constructed. For instance, It is unlucky to walk under a ladder. It is lucky to see two magpies together. If it rains on your eighth birthday, you will be prosperous in life.
- Place the cards face down. Choose one randomly and write about a character who challenges the superstition. Write for 13 minutes.
- Research superstitions from cultures not your own. Write about one for 13 minutes.
Finally, if you drop your pen while you are writing, spin it 3 times on the floor while repeating the word “demiurgic” the entire time it is spinning. This will welcome back the creative spirits.