Think of a house or an apartment you lived in – either where you grew up or one that comes to you most strongly: a place that seems most pertinent or the place you want to discover more about. Use a pen or pencil and draw a blueprint of the house or apartment. Sketch the floor plan, include doors (front, back, side), stairs, and each room within the house. Let your hand and mind be the guides. Don’t worry about getting it exactly correct. Use color to explore When you feel done with the blueprint, use color to explore the house/apartment and your feelings. Color the rooms, or outline the rooms, using the actual or basic color of the walls, the rugs and furniture. When you feel done with coloring, write whatever comes up. Examples The house was yellow I hated that color. It made me think of . ….
You may already do this . . . Use musical lyrics as prompts. Here are a couple for you: “She lost him. But she found herself and that was everything.” Taylor Swift “I used to drive out to John’s house,” says Paul McCartney. “He lived out in the country, and I lived in London. I remember asking the chauffeur once if he was having a good week. He said, “I’m very busy at the moment. I’ve been working eight days a week.” And I thought, “Eight days a week! Now there’s a title.” Have a go. Just start writing. Be open. Be surprised. Let the ink flow. Let your fingers fly across the keyboard. Then share. Post your writing on The Write Spot Blog.
Homonyms (also called homophones) are words that sound like one another but have different meanings. Some homonyms are spelled the same, like bark (the sound a dog makes) and bark (the outer layer of a tree trunk). Enchanted Learning Freewrites mean writing freely. You are free to write whatever you want. Use any or all of the following words in a freewrite: Flower – Flour Beach – Beech Bough – Bow Fur – Fir Morning – Mourning Birth – Berth Red – Read Time – Thyme Eye – Aye New – Gnu You – Ewe You’ll – Yule If ewe are knew too freewwrites oar kneed eh refresher . . . If you are new to freewrites or need a refresher: Freewrites . . . What Do You Call Them? What is a freewrite and what is a writing prompt? Lose Control and Just Write Writing Is Like Excavating If yule cast yer…
What makes up a good life? What are the ingredients for a good life? If you could combine essential ingredients to produce a good life, what would those ingredients be? Is there a secret ingredient? If there was a recipe for a good life, would people embrace it? Would they conform or rebel or ??? If you were going to stitch qualities for a good life into a quilt, what bits and pieces would you need? What would the final piece look like? Is this even a fair or answerable question? Are there too many variables to consider? If you could create, cajole, conjure, form, shape a good life, would you? What would it look like. . . that good life many people strive for. Today’s writing prompt: What do you think a good life is all about?
Write about something you have borrowed or loaned. Photos of bicycle and mallet by Jeff Cullen. (Click on Jeff Cullen to see his Fotolio photos)
Writing Prompt: Tell about an award or a prize you won. You can write about what really happened, or write as if your fictional character won a prize.
Do you have a villain in your story? Is this scoundrel executing gruesome acts? Is it hard for you to get into the head and heart of the “bad guy?” Does he or she have a heart? Here’s an idea about how to flesh out your baddie. . . so that he/she is someone you can live with for the duration of your writing. Do a freewrite. The antagonist was once a child. What were his/her passions as a teenager? What games did they play as children? What delighted this child? Write about his/her first car. Choose a prompt and write as if you were answering from the villain’s point of view. Imagine you are a neighbor or a relative of the undesirable person. Write about the mean person from someone else’s point of view. What is the turning point, or the chain of events that changed this innocent toddler…
“When we seek closure, we reach out to the zipper. it keeps us warm, prevents things from falling out of purses and lets us cram way too much into our suitcases. When it gets stuck, so do we. Without it, life would be filled with the endless ennui of buttoning and snapping.” — Helen Anders Today’s writing prompt: Zipper
Write about your first car, someone else’s first car, or your fictional character’s first car. You can use this as a way to get to know your fictional character better. You probably won’t use this information in your fiction, but you might! Write about a first car. See where it takes you.
Prompt #1: What are you angry about? Mad about? Annoyed about? Complain! Go ahead and vent. Spit it out. You can answer from your experience, or from your fictional character’s point of view. Prompt #2: Regarding Prompt #1, is there anything you can do about it? If yes, write possible solutions, compromises, ideas, brainstorm. If not, let it go. Write about how you can release it, breathe it away, banish it, whisk it away. How can you let go of your fears, worries, annoyances? How can you just let go?