8:01 a.m. — Atlanta
Hanging in there, everyone? With so many people gearing up for various holidays, I shall try to keep the prompts light for the next few weeks. Below, you see Edward Hopper’s Cape Cod. Click on it for a larger view.
If being left stranded without guidance gives you the hives, keep reading.
Pick one of the people. List everything you observe about the person. Look for details: physical, clothing, body language, background, other people . . . Don’t draw conclusions yet.
Now, from the list of facts, spend several minutes writing what you think your person is like as a person, their character traits, based on what you observe.
What does this person look like s/he might be or do?
Write sketches introducing your character in two or three of the following ways:
through his/her own inner monologue
through two people discussing him/her in his/her absence
through a dialogue between him/herself and another person
show him/her interacting with the dog
describe the possessions s/he values
describe his/her hands and the way s/he uses them
Jot down everything you notice. Don’t miss the tiniest detail. Don’t draw conclusions yet. Now jot down the things you associate with some of the things you have noticed. See if anything forms a pattern. Tell the story behind the painting. Or, speak as the artist about the painting.
With either you may do the response in the form of a narrative sketch or a poem. Or, as with the haibun, both.
I shall see you Friday for the roundup of this week’s prompts; and next Tuesday for another fairly stress free exercise.
Happy writing and weekend, everyone.