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.
Our guest programmer for the month of May is the the multi-talented Adam Byatt.
For the month of May I started with music as the basis for PROMPTed. I chose 4 songs and extrapolated themes from the reaction I gained from the music. It tends to feature heavily in my writing, for example in the collaborative project Post Marked: Piper’s Reach with Jodi Cleghorn. It informs a character, their emotional state or reflects their interests.
This week’s prompt started with the music: The Tiger Inside Will Eat the Child, by Kate Miller-Heidke. I took the concept as a metaphor of the internal fears we have (and it ties in nicely with this month’s theme of Facing Your Fears). The cub you cuddle and play with becomes the dangerous cat when fully grown.
It’s a beautifully haunting song and has been on high rotation since I heard it.
Random Line Prompt
Every day she passed the STOP sign, it’s hexagonal shape and warning colour blithely ignored.
Image via Breakthrough Institute
The touch of softness of a newborn’s skin.
“One need not be a chamber to be haunted;
One need not be a house;
The brain has corridors surpassing
~ Emily Dickinson
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.
Adam is an English teacher and occasional drummer sifting through the ennui, minutiae and detritus of life and cataloguing them as potential story ideas. They are pretty much a pad of sticky notes on the fridge door.
Occasionally he finds loose change.
He exists on twitter as @revhappiness and writes flash fiction at http://afullnessinbrevity.wordpress.com