Thursday Writing Prompt No. 125

A rocking bird at a local playground.

A rocking bird at a local playground.


This week’s Thursday Writing Prompt is a bit late, but I’ve been wrapped up in trying to get a round of edits done on my novel. There are some tangled plot lines that I need to work on sorting out but I think it’s all starting to come together. I’ve given myself to the end of the month to get these edits done and I have about another seven chapters to finish, so it’s looking good for me to meet the deadline.

Today’s prompt is about playgrounds. I went for a short walk at lunch today and snapped this photo of a rocking bird in the park. The park was empty and I took the opportunity to do a bit of photography. Your task this week is to write a journal entry from the point of view of a park ride or piece of equipment. What would this rocking bird write in his journal if he could? Did a little kid play so hard the bird’s beak hit the ground? Was the bird privy to some mumbled secrets of a pair of teenagers?

This prompt should give you an interesting point of view for some dialogue, if you’re up to that. But remember it’s a journal entry, so the narrator has to show in some way. Be creative, have fun, and get out and enjoy the weather. Maybe even go to a park for some inspiration.

Thursday Writing Prompt No. 124

This is what I feel like after fourteen hours at my keyboard.

This is what I feel like after fourteen hours at my keyboard.

 

Welcome to this week’s Thursday Writing Prompt. I’ve been working out with Adobe Illustrator, trying to remember some old skills and learn some new tricks. So after fiddling with the brushes and some filter tricks I came up with this monster that reminds me of the original Space Invaders arcade game. Old. Yikes! I was almost in my twenties when that game was made!

So, in honor of virtual space monsters everywhere, this week’s prompt puts you into a 1980’s arcade. I’m going to make you do some research for this prompt: I want you to pick an arcade game and turn yourself into one of the characters in game. Then I want you to write a brief resume of who you are and what you do for a living.

Don’t make it too easy on yourself: everyone knows what PacMan does! Find one of the more obscure arcade games, such as Burgertime orĀ  Arkanoid and learn a bit about it before you launch into resume mode. My favorite arcade game? Galaga! Bring it, space bugs!

Thursday Writing Prompt No. 123

I used stamp pads to add the background and rubber-stamped the dragon, then added  details with ink and paper. The dragon got a jewel treasure to guard.

I used stamp pads to add the background and rubber-stamped the dragon, then added details with ink and paper. The dragon got a jewel treasure to guard.

Welcome to this week’s Thursday Writing Prompt. Dragons have a long history in the mythology of many cultures around the world and they continue to fascinate us. It’s been suggested that the legend of the dragon is some kind of collective memory of dinosaurs, but who really knows? It’s interesting to think about, though.

This week, your task is to create a dragon of your own making. You can pull from existing types of dragons or create your own from scratch, but it must have features that immediately identify it to readers so they know the creature is a dragon.

In two paragraphs, or about 350 words, describe your dragon and the environment that it lives in. This isn’t intended to be a plot idea or a finished piece of writing. The idea here is that you come up with a creature that you could use in a writing project. If you’re feeling artistic, take a little bit of time to sketch some details for your dragon. And don’t forget to give it a name!

Thursday Writing Prompt No. 122

I used a stamp pad, metallic gel pens, and markers to create this flower.

I used a stamp pad, metallic gel pens, and markers to create this flower.

This week’s Thursday Writing Prompt will have you make art in an attempt to do some creativity cross-training. I’ve come to a bit of a sticking point with my novel in that I had to go back and weave in some back story to make it work throughout the book. And then I still have to figure out exactly how some of the back story is going to come through.

I’ve taken a few days away from editing mostly because I’ve been swamped at work and I just need time away from the keyboard. But I’ve also been getting into art lately. I bought Art Journal Courage by Dina Wakley and read it through. Now I’m going back and trying some of the techniques. And guess what? Just as with National Novel Writing Month, the first thing you do with art is to shut that inner editor (painter? sculptor?) up and make a mess.

Only I’m finding that the art isn’t quite the mess I expect it to be. It’s helping me loosen up a bit, but I admit it’s not doing wonders for my wallet because, let’s face it, once you buy a stamp pad or two you simply must have all the colors!

So, back to the Thursday Writing Prompt. Find a piece of paper and pencil or pen. Doodle. Yep, that’s it. Draw some scribbly mess. When you’re done, look at it and try to imagine an image in the scribbles, much like you see shapes in clouds. Once you identify the shape, write a paragraph or two describing it. And if you can’t see a shape, then write about creating the scribble and what was going through your mind while you drew. Most of all, enjoy the process!