Despite not yet being my very good friend, Alice Bradley is an excellent writer, a good teacher and a very encouraging critic. If you write anything: a blog, short stories, poetry, annotated shopping lists, then I strongly encourage you to give The Practice of Writing a try.
Our last assignment for the course was to produce fifteen writing prompts of our very own. It was Alice's little nudge to get us out of the nest. I plan on sifting through what I've written for the course and looking for gold nuggets I can refine to share here, or expand into something more. So, as a first offering I give you my very own fifteen writing prompts. The rules: Don't think, just write. Give yourself fifteen minutes. You can write poetry or prose, fiction or non-fiction, in any format you like. If you use them, I'd love to hear about it.
- Write about a time when you believed you had magical powers.
- In the process of cleaning out a family member's home, you have found a beloved object from your childhood. What is it? What has it been doing since you saw it last?
- What keeps you awake at three in the morning?
- If you had to move your whole household into one room, how would you do it?
- In the process of changing the light switch covers in your home, you find a note from the previous owners. What does it say?
- You have fifteen minutes to change my mind about a contentious political topic that is important to you. Go.
- On a walk in the woods, you discover a path of flower petals leading in a direction you've never been. What do you do?
- Write about a time when you wished the earth would open up and swallow you whole.
- What is the one thing that tells you that you are home.
- Once upon a time, there was a girl who lived in a small house next to a big river . . .
- You have been given a four week, all-expenses paid vacation for four. Where do you go? Who do you bring? What will you do?
- Joey was sure the disco ball hadn't been hanging in the basement yesterday . . .
- Write about a time when you made something better.
- Write a birth story.
- A stranger hands you fifty one-dollar bills and tells you to give them away one at a time, then leaves. What do you do with the money?