POST CARDS FROM THE MUSE
By Nandy Ekle
Writing courses. I’ve taken a few. Really and truly, I absolutely love writing courses. This girl begs for homework. Please, just give me an assignment, a work count limit, and a deadline. I guess that’s why I like prompts so much.
“Write a 50 word story it must be a formal gathering where a shocking announcement comes out.”
“Write a short story about a young man suffering from schizophrenia and he and his delusion are at war.”
“Start a story with this line: Looking back, he could not believe what had just happened.”
“Write a story in the form of a diary. Your main character, the diary writer, wakes up in a strange room with no idea how he/she got there.”
These are just a few I’ve used to help jumpstart myself when I get in a rut.
So now, I’m going to give you an assignment, and I really want to see your homework in the comments below. Ready?
Step 1: Put your hands, palm side down, on the seat on which you sit.
Step 2: Push yourself up to a standing position.
Step 3: Walk across the room.
Step 4: Raise your dominant hand and extend your pointer finger.
Step 5: Take one or two steps forward.
Step 6: Make contact with the on/off button on your television set.
Step 7: Push that button.
Step 8: Now listen to the silence that replaces the silliness of “the tube.”
Step 9: Now, write what you hear.
Your characters don’t have to fight so hard for your attention without that blasted squawk box on.
And I write this with all the bravery in the world since I’m really aiming it toward myself.
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