Write about a colorful character using similes and metaphors. Simile – a figure of speech in which two essentially unlike things are compared, often using like or as, as in “eyes like stars.” Metaphor – A figure of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily designates one thing is used to designate another; thus making an implicit comparison, as in the evening of life. Metaphors are comparisons that show how two things that are not alike in most ways are similar in one important way. Metaphors are a way to describe something. Authors use them to make their writing more interesting or entertaining. Unlike similes that use the words “as” or “like” to make a comparison, metaphors state that something is something else. Brian was a wall, bouncing every tennis ball back over the net. We would have had more pizza to eat if Tammy hadn’t been such…
Today’s prompt: I never planned to . . .
Imagine a conversation between two people of different backgrounds talking about March 13, National Day of . . . Explain National Day [choose one from the list below] as if these two people were talking in person, over the phone, or via emails. They could be friends. Or perhaps they have never met in person. Look for the twist in red below. National Elephant Day – Thailand Coconut Torte Day – Australia National Good Samaritan Day – United States. A day for unselfish actions to help those in need and to celebrate kindness. National Earmuff Day – United States, in honor of the 1873 invention of earmuffs. At the age of fifteen, Chester Greenwood of Farmington, Maine was credited for inventing the winter wear out of necessity—his ears were cold. National K9 Veterans Day – United States A lot of things changed after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941….
Write about a childhood ritual when you were sick. If there were no childhood rituals when sick, what would you have liked to happen? How would you have wanted to be treated when sick as a child? Or write about a time you were sick. Or write about any ritual from your childhood. You can write about what really happened, or make something up. You can answer from your fictional character’s point of view.
Write about your first job, or a job you had as a teenager.
Your favorite time of day. Write about the time of day you like best.
Ready to explore? Today’s writing prompt invites you to look at your old stories in new ways. Perhaps you can rewrite your story. Excerpt from October 2016 Reader’s Digest, “Down Off The Cross,” by Debra Jarvis, a chaplain and cancer survivor. “Let’s say I meet you on a bus. We really hit it off, but I’ve got to exit soon, so you’re going to tell me three things about yourself that help me understand who you are, that get at your essence.” Note from Marlene: Prompt: List three things that define you. Back to the article: “Of those three things, is one of them surviving some kind of trauma, like being a cancer survivor, a war survivor, or an abuse survivor?” Note from Marlene: Or perhaps you are currently experiencing a difficulty or a trauma. Back to the article: “Many of us tend to identify ourselves by our wounds. Claim…
Write about a time you had no worries . . . a play-filled time . . . a time you felt free to be you. Does this scene look familiar? You know where it’s from if you’ve been to Maria’s Out West Garage in Petaluma, California. Hi, Maria. 🙂
Today’s writing prompt: Wrong Number.
If you could invent something to make your life easier, what would it be?