So here's the thing: when I tackled last week's prompt I thought I was going to write about something grown up. Last week's prompt included the words recovery and round and experience and so I thought I was going to Write Important.
Instead a four-year-old started talking and I felt like I was taking dictation as she kicked at the grass with her feet, pondering in all seriousness what colours taste like.
It was wonderful, to feel my creativity veer, and it is my prime wish for you with these writing prompts. May they take you somewhere you're surprised — and happy — to go.
"Which part is the head?" — and other writerly questions
Last week's In My Experience prompt inspired these glories and I really, really need to know more about Mbr'x. Well all of them really but, y'know, Mbr'x kind of especially.
This was advice given to Kel by her grandmother, a round little lady with grey hair that frizzed out in 800 different directions, all at once…Kel had been wandering around the galaxy with no permanent place to call home, no family left to take her in, not even her own ship.
“A poorly tended cooking fire, like as not. You see how dry the wind is, how it blows with scarcely a pause.”
Euthalia could see it in her mind’s eye: A spark, floating for a moment, then lighting on a fluttering curtain.……“How did it end?"
“In my ‘sperience the purple ones taste like fun and the orange ones taste like wind.” Thanh Nu Leyla rolled onto her belly and looked at her small stash of jellybeans lying plump and sweet on the lawn. Leyla counted them again because she likes to count, then she said, “I think the black ones taste like coughing.”
As ever I encourage you to try writing for these prompts, see what happens. Maybe, like me, you'll end up taking dictation about jellybeans and what colour fun is. Or about wood nymphs or aliens, or……well, what?
What will you write?