What's it about?

This blog has a very specific purpose: it's a place to post prompts for creative writing during the time of the lockdown. Initially it was for the use of my writing group, as we cannot for the time being meet in person - but I want to open it up to anyone who'd like to have a go at creative writing. I very strongly believe that writing is good for you: while you're writing, you're off somewhere else - you've escaped! And that can only be a good thing during lockdown.

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Thursday, 19 November 2020

Pick an object - any object!

We’ve done this before, but I don’t think that matters!


I’ve picked these four objects pretty much at random. From left to right, they are a porcelain figure of a girl in, I suppose, 18th century costume (she’s actually one of a pair), a glass bowl, which came from Cornwall and reminds me of the sea, a small pottery receptacle made by one of my children at school, and a Coronation mug. 

You are very welcome to use one of these, or (probably better) choose something of your own. 

Start by carefully describing the object you’ve chosen - not in a sentence, but really thoroughly. 

Then it’s up to you which way you take it. You can either use it as a prompt for memories and reflections, or you can put it into a story. If you go for a story, remember it needs to focus on a point where something changes in the life of the protagonist - and it would make sense for the object to be bound up in this. 

Good luck!

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