Isn’t it great to be back in the swing of things?
Well, almost back in the swing… since I didn’t realize until about midnight that today was the 3rd Monday of the month already which means it’s a Short & Sweet day! 🙂
But since we’re all just starting into the new school year – not just as writers, but many of us as teachers and students as well – I thought it was important to have our beginning-of-the-week (and school year!) inspirational writing prompt.
I hope you’ll enjoy today’s as much as I do! 🙂
Here’s what to do – and your answers can relate to yourself, one of your children, or a character in a story you’re writing… or maybe you’ll create a character for a story you haven’t written yet! Whoever you choose to write about, hopefully it will end up inspiring story from somewhere!
Okay! Write each of the following on a piece of paper (or a word doc or whatever)
- a specific ordinary item from your childhood home (e.g. clothespins, books, embroidered doilies)
- two product names from your childhood/past (e.g. Clorox, vinegar, Tide)
- a phrase describing your childhood home (e.g. dirt under the back porch, slamming screen door, shingles red as sunset)
- adjective, adjective, sensory detail relating to the phrase in #3 (e.g. black, glistening, it tasted like beetles)
- a plant, flower, tree or natural item from your childhood home (e.g. the forsythia bush, Dutch elm)
- description of item in #5 (e.g. whose long gone limbs I remember as if they were my own)
- family tradition and family trait (e.g. fudge and eyeglasses, easter eggs and hair in braids)
- 2 names of family members (e.g. Imogene and Esther; can also be something like Grammy or Dad)
- description of family tendency and another description of family tendency (e.g. know-it-alls and pass-it-ons)
- something you were told as a child and something else you were told as a child (e.g. Perk up! and Pipe down!)
- 2 representations of religion or lack of (e.g. he restoreth my soul with a cottonball lamb and ten verses I can say myself)
- place of birth and family ancestry (e.g. Artemus and Billie’s Branch)
- 2 food items that represent your family (e.g. fried corn and strong coffee)
- specific family story about a specific person and detail (e.g. the finger my grandfather lost to the auger)
- another detail of another family member (e.g. the eye my father shut to keep his sight)
- location of family pictures, mementoes, archives (e.g. under my bed was a dress box spilling old pictures)
- line explaining the importance of family items (e.g. those moments snapped before I budded, leaf fall from the family tree)
Now, take everything you wrote and turn it into an I Am From poem by filling in the blanks: (the numbers from above are in parentheses below the lines) (and don’t worry! there are examples of finished poems below to help you get the idea! 🙂 )
I am from ______________________________
#1 (specific ordinary item)
From ________________________ and __________________________
#2 (product name) #2 (product name)
I am from the ______________________________________________
#3 (home description)
___________________ , _________________ , ________________________________
#4 (adjective) #4 (adjective) #4 (sensory detail)
I am from _________________________________________ ,
#5 (plant, flower, natural item)
#6 (description of above item)
I’m from ____________________________ and ______________________________
#7 (family tradition) #7 (family trait)
From ______________________________ and _________________________
#8 (name of family member) #8 (another family name)
I’m from the ____________________________ and ______________________
#9 (description of family tendency) #9 (another one)
From _________________________________ and ________________________
#10 (something you were told as a child) #10 (another)
I’m from ___________________________ , __________________________________
#11 (representation of religion or lack of), (further description)
I’m from _______________________________________________
#12 (place of birth and family ancestry)
______________________________________ , ________________________________
#13 (a food item that represents your family) (another one)
From the ______________________________________________________________
#14 (specific family story about a specific person and detail)
#15 (another detail of another family member)
#16 (location of family pictures, mementos, archives)
#17 (line explaining the importance of family items)
And for examples of finished poems:
So try your own! Have fun with it! See how poetic and evocative you can make it and share it in the comments below for all of us to enjoy! Remember, it can be about your own self, your child, or a character from a story you’re working on!
I hope it will give you some inspiration!
(And I will try to add in my own sample this morning, but as I mentioned I wasn’t quite in the swing of things and it’s way too late for me to pull that off now! We’re talking wee hours 🙂 )
Have a marvelous Monday, everyone!
6 thoughts on “Monday Funday Short & Sweet”
You always manage to make writing fun Susanna. And on a Monday no less!
Thanks, Keila! And thanks for commenting! I was beginning to think I’d stayed up into the wee hours for nothing because no one seemed to be stopping by! 🙂
This was a fun challenge, Susanna…here’s what I came up with:
Where I’m From
By Karen Koepcke Morgan
I am from shoe shine kits,
Good & Plenty and Lava soap.
I am from a home with delectable cooking,
where sweet and savory wafts of deliciousness
came from my mother’s kitchen.
I am from crabapple trees that burst with soft, pink buds in spring,
laden with plump, tart fruit in the summer.
I’m from great, boisterous holiday gatherings, with dimples aplenty,
from Grandpa Roland and sister, Nancy.
I’m from jokesters and board-game-players;
from Do Your Best, You can play
after the dishes are done.
I’m from Church every Sunday, confirmation each week,
from singing duets with my father.
I’m from the Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis,
from parents, John and Beverly.
I’m from Potato pancakes and Rainbow Torte,
From the stubby pencil going through my brother’s foot,
to my dad’s and my silly, self-made language.
In the living room cabinet was a box of slides,
once held up to the light, the stories they told.
I am from an alluring, mighty, glorious oak,
whose roots of family memory run deep.
Oh, Karen, this is wonderful! I so enjoyed reading it, and got such a lovely sense of where you’re from! Thanks so much for participating and sharing!
I really enjoyed that! I definitely want to do this for one of my story characters!