Writing Prompt #22

I wasn’t planning to do a writing prompt for another few weeks, but I’ve found it very difficult to work over the last few days. If you’re coming from the future or another dimension and need an update: covid cases in the UK just jumped back to May’s numbers (bad), I’m pretty sure politics just had diarrhoea (very bad), and I had an argument with a friend about human rights (very very… sad). I’m sure we’ve all been there; it’s really hard when you take a state of mind for granted and someone you care about doesn’t share it. It feels a little bit like I’m at the eye of a hurricane, stuck inside at my laptop only able to stare helplessly at the chaos around me.

And I am angry.

Some of the anger is because there’s part of me that wants to hide under the duvet and go back to pre-2020 Sonora. Maybe we all have that part of us–we want the innocent handshakes, dinner parties, and café afternoons back (What even is a writer without a café??). I think it’s okay to be angry, but it doesn’t help me write coherent posts. So let’s do an incoherent writing prompt instead.

Snap Shot

The rules: Stare at the picture. What does it make you think of? What story is it telling? Okay–thought of something? Good. Now set a timer to 10 minutes and start writing that story. Ready, set, go!

The image:

Woman covered in multi-coloured paint staring at the camera, hands against her cheeks.
Image by Alexandr Ivanov from Pixabay

I love this picture. I used it in a post a few weeks ago, but it’s so beautiful and I keep thinking about it. So here is my incoherent piece on it. I didn’t edit it, I just left it as is. Although I did spend more than 10 minutes on it.

If you’d like to share what you wrote in the comments, I’d love to read it. This is a non-judgmental space. If you have ideas for future writing prompts I should do, that would be great too.

But wherever you are and whatever you are up to these days, please know that whatever you’re feeling is okay, whether that’s anger, sadness, or you just feel a little lost.

4 thoughts on “Writing Prompt #22

  1. Gorgeous photo!! I wrote a novel (not yet published) and used pics very similar to this for inspiration. Your piece was beautiful. I could not only see the colors, but feel them. The people covered in rainbows was tactile.

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  2. Aw, thank you! It’s such a fun, yet surprisingly haunting, way to use colour. The photographer’s taken several like it, but this was my favourite!
    What’s your novel about?

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  3. It’s about a troubled woman who meets an artist. He teaches her to forgive issues from her past through the use of art. I’ve toyed with the idea of self-publishing, and my cover idea is similar to your photo. That’s why it immediately struck me. Thank you for asking!

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