Creativity Friday: Now with Summer-Inspired Writing Prompts!

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 in creativity, news & muse, stuff I like, the Next Novel, the world around me

Ever since Thea started elementary school, summer has become delineated in our house between the last day of school and the first. By this standard, we’re nearly halfway through the season.

Thus far, my summer has included the following activities:

~ Travel to beautiful lakes in faraway places.

~ Take Thea to camp in various parts of Brooklyn.

~ Pick up Thea from camp in various parts of Brooklyn.

~ Gardening. (This includes sub-activities involving wildlife, such as obsessing over raccoons attacking the water lilies I’m raising in a tub outside*, and squeeing over the sparrows at the bird feeder.)

~ Eating herbs and vegetables from our garden. (Can’t get more locavore than this.)

~ Design schtuff.

~ Writing the Next Novel.** (I am deep into my first draft, which I’m hoping to finish up by the end of the year. Now with added intensity and gothic romanticism!)

It’s this final activity which brings me to writing prompts, the subject of this post. ”What’s a writing prompt?” you might be asking. I think of writing prompts as a way to subvert your inner critic, like playing the party game of Charades on a blank page. They’re also useful for dealing with writer’s block because it takes the pressure of  deciding What To Write About out of your hot little hands. It’s a very simple two step process:

Step one: Someone besides yourself suggests a subject to write about.

Step two: You write for a specified amount of time. No excuses.

See? Easy-peasy!

Now that we’re deep into summer, my intensely creative writer friend Anca Szilagyi, a fellow at Seattle’s Richard Hugo House, has thoughtfully posted a list of summer-inspired writing prompts over at Ploughshares. They range from five minutes prompts such as “describe the physical sensation of sunburn” to more involved twenty minute ones.

So, what are you waiting for? Go forth and write!

waterlilybuds

*Water lilies budding in my garden. I’ve saved them several times from curious raccoons. The tiny circles in the center will grow to become blossoms. Amazing, no? 

** If you live in NYC, I’ll be reading from the Next Novel and the Novel Formerly Known as The Lily Maid on Tuesday, July 29th in Brooklyn. More information here

Wordless Wednesday: A Cross in the Road

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 in news & muse, the world around me, travels, Wordless Wednesday

crossroad

Photographed recently on an island in Blue Mountain Lake.

Wordless Wednesday: Fight Like A Girl

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 in news & muse, the world around me, travels, Wordless Wednesday

fightlikeagirl

Photographed on the road in upstate New York. (Hey, I’d take that as a compliment.)

Wordless Wednesday: Green Moth

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 in news & muse, the world around me, travels, Wordless Wednesday

greenmoth

Photographed recently in the Adirondacks.

Wordless Wednesday: Blue Sky, Red Roof

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 in news & muse, the world around me, Wordless Wednesday

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Photographed in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. I love the way the roof tiles ripple beneath the blue sky.