THIS IS A QUICK WRITING PROMPT, great for when you want to stretch your creativity but don’t have much time to play!
First, pick a short form to write in today. Poem? Flash fiction? Short story? Snapshot memoir? Profile? Exposé?
Next, pick the first line of a published novel, poem, essay, or even a particularly enticing recipe!
- It was the best of times, it was the worst of times …
- Last night watching the Pleiades …
- Soak the pearl barley enough to cover …
Then, pick the last line of a different published novel, poem, essay, recipe or _____ (fill in the blank), that’s not necessarily in the same genre as the first line.
- … and wake up to ourselves, nourished and surprised.
- “For the Sleepwalkers,” by Edward Hirsch
- … Don’t let anything take it away.
- … So I ask you, now what?
Finally, using the published (or found) first line as your first line, and the published (or found) last line as your last line, write your way from first line to last line, taking as many lines as you need to incorporate the ending in a way that makes (some) meaning of the journey from first to last.
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That photo of someone stretching a rubber band like you stretching your creativity is from Science Generation.