Midweek Writing Prompt: Letter to an Inanimate Object (9/10/14)
In my classrooms and workshops, I strive to create safe, welcoming writing communities where individuals feel free to explore ideas, stories, and concepts without judgment. After all, we need those spaces to get started. The judgment – of editors, professors, critical friends – will come later. But in the beginning, we need that soft, friendly embrace where anything is possible and everyone loves you. Let’s go there together.
When my schedule allows, I will post writing prompts for you to play with. I encourage you to write something and to share those initial efforts in the comment section, or even your response to the prompt – tell us what happened when you sat down to write. After all, some of these prompts will lead you down a path toward publication – I’ve seen that happen often enough to be confident in that statement.
Give it a try! 🙂
Writing Prompt: Letter to an Inanimate Object
Time to have some fun and stretch those imaginations! My students and workshop participants always end up loving this prompt, but often give me the same look you’re shooting at the screen right now. Trust me and go with it. 🙂
Think about all of the inanimate objects in your life. All of the things that you use on a daily basis. If I came to your house or place of work and told you that you can only keep ONE of those items for a whole week and everything else would be taken away, which item can you not live without?
Got it? Good.
Now, write a love letter to that inanimate object and make it sincere, convincing, and heartfelt with plenty of specific details and shared memories.
You will LOVE the result.
(And as a side note, one of my students developed her prompt response into a full-length creative nonfiction story that was accepted for publication. These prompts really do work! Now get to it.)