Prompts

Write in any genre, a new genre, all genres, or toss genres aside! Try to keep your piece under 500 words. Less is often more. Try to post at least one piece today, or before tomorrow’s course goes live at 12:00 noon. Have fun! These prompts are only for those who need them! They are NOT AN ASSIGNMENT! Use any of the course materials, whatever speaks to you to get your pen or fingers moving.

  1. Make a list of a few personal disasters (or if not personal, then Titanic, or Dodo extinction, etc.). Then make a list of diseases and disorders. Then make a third list of locations outside of the USA. Draw lines between all three lists, one from each. Pick your favorite(s). Write a piece incorporating something from each list.
  2. Select a painting from one of the female Abstract Expressionists: https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/women-in-abstract-expressionism-636611 Write an ekphrastic piece. If you have difficulty getting started, you can begin by describing the painting itself, then drop into wherever this eventually takes you. Maybe try a diptych or a triptych?
  3. Use a hermit crab approach, using an existing format to write your piece (shampoo bottle directions, wheelbarrow assembly step-by-steps, new check-in protocol for COVID travel, wedding vows, etc.)
  4. Sofia Samatar’s piece is a rich examples of notching up the bizarre through fantasy, and deep metaphor, borrowing from poetics. And more. See if you want to create an alternative world (past, present, future?) but make it more than just dystopian. Use surprise, and odd twists, and eclecticism. 
  5. Contact me if you want me to pull you a card. I have several decks: Spirit of Archetypes, The Storymatic, Medicine Cards, or Oblique Strategies. Great for specific data, and multi-intpretations.

Thanks for a wondrous day. I hope you have had fun. We’ll look at more expansive, dynamic, and unusual experiences tomorrow. Rest up. See you on the WWW.

I am (414) 232-6399 and rguyvaugh5003@gmail.com.