9:06 a.m. — Atlanta
listening to Billy Joel and It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me
Hi, all. Yes, I am a trifle late. We haven’t seen the sun in days and that does something to the will. I think I’m growing fangs, too.
For this year, I plan to thread narrative prompts and ‘found’ prompts [those belonging to other people, with all due credit, of course] with mine. I’m working on stretching mine as far as possible. Our prompt, today, is based on a Georgia Heard idea.
Wander through your house, or office. Look around you. You are looking for an ordinary object from your everyday life, inside or out, something you are fond of, love, feel passionate about, or get a kick from, despite its everyday-ness. You might start with two or three possibles, as we sometimes don’t know what will, or will not, work.
Choose the object because it pleases you, moves you, or because you find beauty. What you choose should have a wonder about it for you, or a story, or a memory. And if it doesn’t, but you want to write about it, make it up!
As with anything we write, once you have notes, or a draft, consider whether you want to tell about the object in first, or third person. Some stories are better told in the third. As for form, consider the object and the forms you know and pick what goes together best. Short forms might be fun with this [then, you can write several].
Consider taking a photograph of the object to accompany the poem. Writers, post your
links in comments; readers, come back in a few days and read what is here.
That’s it. WHAT!? you say. Never this short. I wanted to show you I could! I shall see you Thursday to give a ‘brief’ synopsis of how the blog’s Thursdays and Fridays work; Friday for the roundup; and next Tuesday for another exercise.
Happy writing, everyone.