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, something to focus on in our creative work.
We live in a digital age. Information is available at the touch of a button and the connection to a network. Binary code delivers whatever we want to know, some things that we don’t want to know, and cute videos of animals. Words, images, and sound appear on screens and speakers of all sizes. However, we still have and create things in print. Before digital, we had the printing press, before the press there were pens and brushes. Therefore, this week’s creative prompt is:
Ink — a coloured fluid or paste used for writing, drawing, printing, or duplicating
this is just one definition, I couldn’t leave out the fact that some of my favourite cephalopods use ink to confuse predators
Let the prompt ‘ink’ 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…
Fiction Writing Prompt
The Fiction Writing Prompt aims to stretch the literary muscles. No rules. No word counts. Simply write and explore.
It was time. I had put this off for too long. I picked up the pen and dipped the nib in the ink.
Writing Prompt Expanded
I love stationery. I love pens. Yes, that is my dipping pen in the picture. However, I also have plenty of blank pages. I can be a procrastinator, putting things off until the last minute. I might be unsure what to write or scared to say what I really think and feel, or simply afraid to make the first mark through fear of making a mistake.
This prompt, in one sense, is about facing a creative person’s worst nightmare, the blank page. Remember though, this is fiction… really… sort of.
- What have you been putting off?
- Why are you using a pen and ink?
- How do you encourage yourself to make the first mark?
The writing perspective is the first person, but that, as always, can be changed. The challenge is to convey the reason using the ink has taken so long. It is about exploring fear. It might be insubstantial, but it has still stopped you from using it. Time to overcome any writing or drawing fears and put ink pen to paper in this piece of fiction.
Journaling allows us to hold conversations on paper. From private diaries to art journals, we pour out our deepest thoughts. Inkblots can mean many things and have been used to explore personality. Spill some ink on a page. Blot it with another piece of paper. What do you see? Can you add other art embellishments to turn it into something?
Questions to answer, thoughts to explore or images to create in your journal:
- Do you find the first ink mark the most difficult?
- Do you like your handwriting? What do you like or dislike about it?
Theory of General Creativity
I now have ‘ink’ written on the board above my computer. I am confident it will inspire me on my creative journey this week. However, I struggle with messy art or writing. Ink, for me, has always been a medium where I make a mess. However, as I create more and more, I have realised that often creativity happens in the mess. Perfect doesn’t exist. Smudges, stains and splatters, either literal or metaphorical, are where the creative magic happens. I need to be messier.
Let ‘ink’ 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 or something a little more grandiose, an ATC, large canvas or journal page. Commit it to paper in ink.
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 @darrenrhill or #thecreativeminimalist on any social platform.
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