On Christmas Day… write about yourwelf. Whatever mood you feel today write about it and how you are today. Don’t dwell on the past or look ahead to the future. Write about just today, right now. That’s really all we have, the past is over and the future is out of our reach.
A creative writing prompt found at Poetry Blog of 32 Poems Magazine:
Take a pungent food and place it by your desk. Inhale the scent frequently as you compose your poem. One poet used overly ripe apples. When I read this requirement, I think of sauerkraut.
Think of the original prehistoric person who came up with the concept of the wheel. At the time fire was the biggest new thing, being able to keep a fire was the most important job for the group. So how did the whole wheel thing come about? How did the first wheel get invented?
Your long lost pet bird just turned up on your windowsill. The only real problem is that you know the cat ate that bird several weeks ago. There must be a really interesting story behind that…. What is it?
Describe (in words) the route you take through your home when you get up in the morning and go about your regular routine. Get specific about directions, what you pass when you change direction and colours of objects, etc. Think of it as creating a road map in words.
Cousin Alicia was never the brightest light in the room. Now she has become hypnotized and will bark (quite loudly) whenever anyone says the word cat in her hearing. It’s kind of amusing for awhile. But not so much when the family gets together at Cousin Barbara’s house, Barbara being the cat lady. You’ve never seen a room full of cats become vacant so fast.
Still, you are in the will for Cousin Alicia so you feel you should do something to help her? After several trials and errors you manage to hypnotize her again. Only you can’t undo the barking command. Instead you can substitute another word. What word will you give her to bark at instead? Something she isn’t likely to hear (and bark to) or something that will be funnier than “cat”? Or both?
You find a string on the sidewalk. Looks pretty ordinary. You can’t see either end. But you pick a direction and follow it, curious to see what the string is for. You walk farther than you expected and find at the end of the string… ????
What is behind you right now? As you sit in a dark room, alone… the house quiet all around you. There is something behind you. The hair on the back of your neck is beginning to stand up. Your arms are getting goosebumps and you have that funny feeling in your stomach… What is there behind you, just right there, behind your back in the dark?
You have a body to dispose of. It’s not a pet and it’s not a person you knew very well. Also, you are not the murderer, though it was not an accident. The job of hiding or just getting rid of it was tossed at your feet, literally. What can you do to get rid of a body so that it is never found? After all, your fingerprints are on it now and likely some part of your DNA will be there so simple to not even notice a stray hair or something like that.
We write about how things feel to our touch but it is usually our hands we use to touch. Think about how a variety of things feel if you touch (or walk on them) with your bare feet. A sandy beach, a pebbly beach, snow, your driveway, the thick plush rug, the fur of an animal… What things have you felt with your feet and how does feeling them with feet give a different impression from your hands? You can feel more with your fingers as they can move and grip easily, yet the feet have a different point of view as they are not your first choice.