The land of possibility is the womb of creativity; it is here that you swim on the sea of the unconscious; your spark of inspiration is thrust about by the surging waves of the chaos.
This land is not unknown to you. In fact, you visit it every night in your dreams. What sometimes makes it a nightmare is that your mind cannot make sense of this non-verbal world. Which is why mind – with its language, thought and need to analyze – should not be allowed entry into the early stages of the creative process.
The mind is also home to the Inner Critic, who will surely bully his/her way in and put your spark of creativity under the microscope of judgment! The image that made glorious sense a minute ago feels muddy, vague and stupid – just another one of your dumb ideas. Out it goes!
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Emotion, emotion! Play big. Close your eyes and imagine the "he" of "he said."
What if the "he" shows up as a "she"? No problem. Go with her. Let the story be her's.
Remember, a prompt is only the jumping off point to stir your imagination. It is a first draft. First draft offers up its gifts when the writing is messy and chaotic!
This prompt promises built-in dramatic tension if you are not afraid to play big. You want your writing to flow. High dramatic tension, love, hate and everything in between, opens the creative flow.
Play big, taking risks, letting the characters free leads to great story-telling and helps breaking a writer's block. Go for it now!
Suggestions and Hints:
Genre: This prompts falls into at least two genres: Women's Fiction and Thrillers/Mystery, depending on which direction your characters take you!
The grandmother looks so sweet and gentle in the picture, but don’t you be afraid to write a tough memory. Let the storyteller pour out her heart.
This prompt is also an opportunity for description, or what I call "mood" in my Five Ingredients of the Scene.
Do not think about how you would describe the scene. Become your character. See only what she sees. In other words, what the character sees is more important than what you as the writer want to describe.
What are her inner thoughts?
The emotion appears to be angry but what if, in the end, the emotion turns to grief and she breaks down and embraces her dead grandmother?
What if she blames her grandmother for something the old woman had not done?
What if she murdered her grandmother?
The What Ifs are endless. Open to taking risks with your writing!
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