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.
If there is anything the past year or so has shown, it is that nothing is permanent. We all know this deep down, but the pandemic has placed it firmly in our vision. Despite the technological advances and new amazing architectural structures before our eyes, it was a microscopic virus that demonstrates impermanence. Even so, we still try to use phrases like the ‘new normal’ because some of us don’t like things to be different. Therefore, this week’s creative prompt is:
Change — make/become different, alter or modify
this is just one definition, change can refer to many things, it can be a verb and a noun, but the essence of meaning remains
Let the prompt ‘change’ inspire you in any area of creativity that you are interested in:
- 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 with a few specific ideas…
Fiction Writing Prompt
The Fiction Writing Prompt aims to stretch the literary muscles. No rules. No word counts. Simply write and explore.
It was a subtle change, but she could tell the item had been replaced.
Writing Prompt Expanded
Some of us struggle with change. Part of the reason for this is that change brings with it the unknown. When something falls outside what we expect, or what should be, the fear can kick in. Fear of the unknown is debilitating for some. In this prompt, something has changed, but whether fear is the overriding emotion is down to you.
Here are a few questions to get you going:
- What is the item?
- Why is the item of importance?
- What is the subtle change?
Our protagonist knows something has changed, but what and why is down to you. The challenge is to convey the character’s feelings. These can be either positive or negative depending on the context of your fiction. Can your reader relate to the feelings shared by the character? Enjoy the challenge as you improve and change your writing for the better.
Journaling allows us to hold conversations on paper. From private diaries to creative art journals, we pour out our deepest thoughts. Some of us loathe change, while others thrive on the uncertainty it brings. Writing about changes that happen to us is a way journaling can help. We share how we feel, our fears and our hopes. Later we can look back and see whether those thoughts became reality.
Questions to answer, thoughts to explore or images to create in your journal:
- Do you embrace or fear change, and why?
- Draw a simple shape and change it into a real or imaginary creature?
- Make a list of three, or more, things you would like to change in your life and see if you can find one action to begin that change?
Theory of General Creativity
I now have ‘change’ written on the board above my computer. I am confident it will inspire me on my creative journey this week. Several years ago, I took a selfie every day for several months. It was astonishing to see how much I changed during that short period of time. Photography is a great way to capture change. The snapshots of any process show us how much even the simplest of things change over time. Going back to the original definition above, creativity is so often about altering and modifying. Music, painting, and inventions all rely on change, alteration, and modification.
Let ‘change’ inspire your music, photography, painting and all over creative endeavours 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 anything creative. Open the journal and write, paint or draw. Pick up the guitar or ukulele and alter a simple chord pattern you already know.
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. Embrace change, and even if we are uncertain of what might emerge, enjoy as you create.
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