4/20 – Take a walk outside. Leave your phone at home! No music or podcasts or phone calls allowed on this week. Simply notice. Notice nature, any wildlife, houses, apartments, buildings, and the people you pass. What do the images make you think and feel about? Choose one that sticks.Go home and begin by describing the image that sparked your imagination. See where it takes you…
4/21 – Sometimes a single object evokes a powerful memory or seed for a story. Write about Tools: gadgets, gizmos, implements, utensils, devices, contraptions, instruments, equipment. Power drills, corkscrews, Swiss Army knives, hammers, cherry pitters, paint brushes, curling irons, scissors, staplers, forceps, tweezers, chisels, pitch pipes, pens. Tell a story that revolves around a tool.
4/22 – In honor of Earth Day, today’s WRITING PROMPT, care of Writer’s Digest: Write a scene set in a universe in which the inhabitants take good care of their planet. What does their world look like? How is it different than the reality we live in now?
4/23 -Today’s PROMPT is for our writers toiling away at novels, from Jennie Jarvis’s book, Crafting the Character Arc: What tangible item does your protagonist keep hidden in their closet from even their closest friends? Having an emotional secret is wonderful for character building, but making that secret tangible allows for many more consequences and plot developments. Examples: The sorting hat wants to put Harry Potter in Slytherin. In The Goonies, Mikey doesn’t really need his inhaler.
4/24 – It’s a rainy day on the east coast, let’s take a travel backwards in time: Choose three distinctly separate time periods in your life Begin each section with “I am _______ years old,” and freewrite from there. Stay in the present tense. After reading what you’ve written, see if you can start finding any thematic connections or common images that would link the sections together. (From TELL IT SLANT: Writing and Shaping Creative Nonfiction)