Our most creative and original writing is often spontaneous and intuitive. Responding to writing prompts within a limited time frame can help you to write without over-thinking. This is why I offer fifteen minute writing prompts in workshops and classes.
what shoes mean
Write the story that begins: "We arrive barefoot, and leave shoeless..." photo: ebszabo
A metaphor is an implied comparison between two things that are unlike each other but have something in common. When used with restraint, metaphor is an economical way of conveying depth and complexity without ‘telling’ your reader what to think. Think about how an eggshell conveys fragility, an icicle conveys chill, or a shredder conveys … Continue reading frozen
first light and bad love
The Sun coming up is an illusion so convincing that, though we know it is the Earth's motion that causes the Sun to appear on the horizon, we persist in calling it 'sunrise'. This is because we on earth are in a rotating reference frame. Something that I don't fully understand. But I think it might … Continue reading first light and bad love
laundry is intimate
So pluck the laundry off this line, and use that action to choreograph a memoir in which each frozen item of clothing takes us further into story. photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Take us to the arctic and give us the experience of being there.
seeing the light
These are paper filament incandescent electric light bulbs, invented by Thomas Edison in the late 19th century. Illumination is produced when an electric current heats the interior wire filament to a high enough temperature to make it glow. Imagine a love affair that enacts this story of light - the intense heat generated to make love will burn as intensely as … Continue reading seeing the light