As a species, we’re a bit obsessed with time. Most civilizations have been coming up with ways to measure it for as far back as we can trace our stories and legends. Or at least it seems that way. It’s one of those systems that only works because we’ve collectively decided that it makes sense. Out of that agreement comes so many idioms I can’t even imagine listing them all. Our language around time continues to evolve as it passes.
Writing Prompt: Write a piece about the passage of time that plays with the language we use to describe it. Will you invent some new idioms for futuristic world or engage in some poetic word play? Whatever you write make sure you have fun with it.
I recently started reading a book called Hardwiring Happiness. I’m not far into it has been interesting enough to keep my attention. There’s a lot about how our brains evolved for survival and the way that survival mindset still has power over us even if we’ve moved past that motivation in our lives. I wish we were all past that point but sadly there are still far too many people who still have to think of things in terms how do they survive. I really want to believe that we can get to a point where everyone can leave that mindset behind.
Writing Prompt: Consider how the survival instinct shows up in your character’s life. Do they struggle with actual life and death scenarios or is their brain applying that mindset to less deadly situations?
I’ve really let things slide on here the past couple days. I’m honestly not even mad about it. It has been nice to relax while my boyfriend is in town. I’m not the best at taking breaks even when I need them. So it can take something big like birthdays and holidays before I chill.
Writing Prompt: write a piece about self-forgiveness.
So last night was a lunar eclipse! I’m sure it is no surprise that I love all things moon-related given my books, Moon Witch Taken and Moon Witch Lost. Fiction, poetry, and nonfiction all give the moon special relevance. Writers of every sort have been using the moon in their stories as more than a big rock in the sky. Rare events like last night’s eclipse tend to take on even more meaning in our writing.
Writing Prompt: Write a piece featuring associations you have with the moon. Are any of them unique to you as a person?
I’m going back to the house I grew up in this weekend. I don’t think of it as home or even think of it fondly, to be honest. I’m going there to celebrate my sister’s and my niece’s birthday. I’ll be happy about the occasion, but I’ll be glad to leave again.
Writing Prompt: Write about a place that doesn’t feel like home any more. Why did that feeling fade?
Hey Fans, Friends, and Fellows,
I’m rewatching The Good Place right now. If you haven’t watched it, I highly recommend it. The show explores the afterlife from the perspective of four recently deceased humans. I don’t want to get into more details than that in case anyone is worried about spoilers. However, the premise is enough for today’s writing prompt.
Writing Prompt: Write a scene that explores what your character believes about the afterlife.
Hey Fans, Friends, and Fellows,
I’m fully vaccinated! I heard a lot of people talking about how the second shot knocked them out completely. Thankfully that wasn’t the case for me. My boyfriend wasn’t feeling 100% today but not even close to how bad we were expecting. I am still honestly like waiting for it to hit me because of the amount of times I heard that it was gonna mess me up. It was crazy hyped and I’m actually glad it for once that the experience didn’t live up to the expectation.
Writing Prompt: Write a scene where you character is worried about something that has been over hyped. How does the experience compare to their expectation.