PROMPTed is a weekly collection of writing prompts to inspire your writing week. The prompts are loosely grouped under a common theme and include a random line prompt, a photograph, a song/music video, a sensory suggestion and a famous quote.
This week’s prompts are guest programmed by the multi-talented Jessica Bell: author, poet, singer/songwriter/guitarist, editor and champion of the vignette.
I was observing a friendly-looking old man sitting at the metro station the other day. He looked so lonely, melancholy, smiling at women, avoiding eye contact with men. He had a walking stick, and a prosthetic leg. I wondered if he was in the war. If he was a widow. For some strange reason I wondered if he liked to dance. I immediately thought of PJ Harvey’s song, which I’ve used as a prompt below. From then on, the other prompts just seemed to follow naturally. ~ Jessica
Random Line Prompt
I still like to dance.
The taste of blood.
“It was the kind of loneliness that made clocks seem slow and loud and made voices sound like voices across water.” ~ Housekeeping, by Marilynne Robinson
Programmer bio: If Jessica Bell could choose only one creative mentor, she’d give the role to Euterpe, the Greek muse of music and lyrics. And not because she currently lives in Greece, either. The Australian-native author, poet and singer/songwriter/guitarist has her roots firmly planted in music, and admits inspiration often stems from lyrics she’s written. She is the Co-Publishing Editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and co-hosts the Homeric Writers’ Retreat & Workshop with Chuck Sambuchino of Writer’s Digest. Her debut collection of poems, Twisted Velvet Chains and novel, String Bridge, are available at all fine booksellers. For more information about Jessica Bell, please visit her website: www.jessicacbell.com.
Interested in being a guest programmer?
Submit your prompts (along with the relevant links for multimedia) in a word document, along with a 50 word bio and a little on what inspired the prompts to Write Anything via Submittable.