What is the picture of serenity to you? A secluded lake? A hotspring visit with close friends? Your toes in the sand near the shore? A summer barbecue with family? The quiet of your room? Describing a serene place is this week’s challenge.
Once again, I have a prompt inspired by true events. Sometimes, after consuming chocolate and espresso an hour or so before bed, I have really vivid dreams. Last night, I dreamt about a fox that signified major events in the life of a man I’ve never met (might be writing about it later, so apologies for the vagueness). I’ve had a few dreams (or nightmares) in my life that were so vivid and jarring I remember them to this day. In the Bible, there were people that helped interpret particular dreams by asking God about the meaning. Is the delirium of the subconscious fodder for great stories? That is this week’s challenge. Are you up to it?
Graffiti artists are probably some of the most misunderstood people on the planet. Are they artists or vandals? Like the graffiti artist, there is always that person who can’t seem to catch a break. The woman who spills coffee all over her white blouse on the train before a big meeting. The elderly man who gets nearly run over by a bunch of lively kids, which agitates his old war wound. The single mother who can’t find a job because she has kids. The clumsy guy who trips at least once anytime he walks somewhere. You may know a person that always seems to get the bad end of the deal or you may even be that person. That is this week’s challenge. Are you up to it?
They are everywhere: hidden in the hills, on the plains, in the mountains, on the heaths, upriver and down river. They are not your bustling metropolises. Some of them are lucky to have a single school. They are nestled in forgotten lands. They are rarely tourist attractions. They are the villages of the world. Writing about one of them is this week’s challenge. Are you up to it?
Everyone has a sentimental object (or many) that they’d hate to lose. From a child’s favorite stuffed animal to a soldier’s photograph of their lover, sentimental objects provide comfort and positive memories that often soothe a person. But what if the object is fairly unconventional? What if the anti-gun advocate still owns his great-great-(great?)grandfather’s civil war rifle, which he hides in the basement from his dinner guests? Or what if an anti-feminist had a Riot grrrl poster hanging on her bedroom wall? That is this week’s challenge. Are you up to it?
The raven has a bad reputation. In literature, it’s considered an ominous sign that points to death. This most likely has to do with the birds’ diet of carrion and their gleaming, black feathers. But there have also been positive representations of the raven throughout history, although they may be less known. So how would you write about the raven? That is this week’s challenge. Are you up to it?
A boat wreck. A desperate swim for shore. A mysterious island. Do I have your attention? That’s this week’s challenge! Are you up to it?