Welcome to this week’s complete creative prompt. We begin with a single creative prompt word and expand it to inspire fiction writing, journaling and a host of other creative activities. These creative prompts, are to give me, and anyone else who wants to join in, some focus to our creative work.
This month sees my birthday. This is a bitter-sweet time for me. It’s a celebration for another year survived, and with the pandemic, my gratitude is doubled. However, it is also a time when I reflect and consider the things I have not managed to do. I can get a little melancholic at this time, so I make an extra effort to look for potential and what might come into being in the year ahead. Therefore, this week’s creative prompt is:
Birth — the beginning or coming into existence of something
this is the general definition of the word and I love the idea of potential in this meaning
Let the prompt ‘birth’ inspire you in any area of creativity that you are interested:
- writing fiction
- art journaling
- blog posts
- art therapy
- anything that could use a little nudge to begin
Let’s expand the word a little further in some fiction and our journal…
Fiction Writing Prompt
The Fiction Writing Prompt aims to stretch the literary muscles. No rules. No word counts. Simply write and explore.
Now, at last, everything would change. This was the moment, the birth of…
Writing Prompt Expanded
ABBA once sang ‘I have a dream’. Martin Luther King’s famous speech contained the same words. Many people dream of a better future, fight for hopes, rights, their children’s future. Many world-changing movements begin with a call to change, with a dream, a description of a different future. Although not all dreams and movements lead to improvement.
This prompt is all about dreaming of a change to come. The change begins with a specific moment. The moment has arrived, and the future is given birth.
- What is the event or action that creates the birth?
- How does your protagonist and other characters feel?
- Is the future being birthed positive or negative?
The writing perspective is down to you. The birth event could be witnessed by one person or many. Your challenge is to imagine a future, then pinpoint and describe the event that triggers it all, the genesis event, the birth. Plotting events is a key writing skill. Being able to plot from an ending back to a beginning, or birth is also helpful. So enjoy and have fun, imagine a future and give birth to it at a single moment.
Journaling allows us to hold conversations on paper. From private diaries to creative art journals, we pour out our deepest thoughts. Our journals are great places to dream and plan. We can give birth to ideas, intentions and other projects. For those who may be about to have a literal birth, recording precious moments and feelings can form part of your regular journal practice.
Questions to answer, thoughts to explore or images to create in your journal:
- Write three steps to take to birth one of your dreams?
- What is the most amazing thing you have given birth in your life?
- Write birth at the top of a page, and then dream in words or images below.
Theory of General Creativity
I now have ‘birth’ written on the board above my computer. I am confident it will inspire me on my creative journey this week. Now, I seem good at birthing ideas. It is the nurturing and developing of ideas that I struggle with. However, that doesn’t mean I should stop giving ‘birth’. Having a bank of ideas is always useful for the times when giving birth isn’t possible. Always be on the lookout for inspiration, you never know what it will give birth to.
Let ‘birth’ inspire your music, photography, and painting this week.
As always, these creative prompts are optional and entirely open to your interpretation. Use them as a starting point for a short story, something a little more grandiose, or any creative project.
As mentioned before, this isn’t a ‘challenge’ but the prompts can be used that way if you want. If you do create anything using them, I would love to see or hear about it. Leave a link in the comments below, or tag me #thecreativeminimalist on any social platform.
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