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 on our creative work.
When I created these prompts, I hoped I would be traveling around. I thought the lockdown and related international travel restrictions would be over. Part of my pilgrimage video series will relate to literal travel. Politics and continued Covid-19 issues have meant that I have yet to get very far. However, that doesn’t imply that the metaphor of travel isn’t far from my thoughts. Therefore, this week’s creative prompt is:
Journey — an act of traveling from one place to another
this is one of the few prompts that really means just one thing, however, that doesn’t limit its use in our creativity
Let the prompt ‘journey’ 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…
Fiction Writing Prompt
The Fiction Writing Prompt, exploring the word journey, aims to stretch the literary muscles. No rules. No word counts. Simply write and explore.
So it began, the way ahead and my destination before me. Here was my journey.
Writing Prompt Expanded
Travel can be for many things. We are asked upon entering a new country whether our visit is for business or pleasure. It could be a physical or spiritual voyage of discovery, and those are not always mutually exclusive. There might be travel with no fixed destination or involve no fixed return. But the journey itself is where we learn so much.
This prompt is all about describing what is about to happen and then imagining the process and exploring the feelings of the narrator.
- Do you know your route and destination?
- Is your journey from and to a physical location, or metaphorical?
- How do you feel as you begin this journey?
The writing perspective is the first person. This makes it easier to explore the feelings of the character. The journey itself and everything else is open to your imagination. Will you explore a literal journey from one physical location to another, or will you use a journey as a metaphor?
Let this writing prompt be an enjoyable literary journey for you, and may it help strengthen your writing skills as you journey toward the story’s destination.
Journaling allows us to hold conversations on paper. From private diaries to creative art journals, we pour out our deepest thoughts. Our journals are the ideal place to plan and record our travels. Tickets obtained for the journey can adorn art journals or be added as ephemera in diary-type journals.
Questions to answer, thoughts to explore, or images to create in your journal:
- Write about a journey of personal discovery you have had or would like to have?
- Find a recent ticket relating to a journey (it doesn’t have to be a travel ticket, it could be for parking or entry to an attraction) stick it in your journal and write about the journey and time away.
- Do you enjoy going on a journey or do you feel anxious, why?
Theory of General Creativity
I now have ‘journey’ written on the board above my computer. I am confident it will inspire me on my creative journey this week. All creative work can be seen as a journey. We learn how to be creative; our journey involves learning and practicing. The journey begins with inspiration, travels through the process, and reaches its destination when the project is complete. Do you find one stage of this journey more difficult than the others? I find reaching the destination the most challenging part of my creative journey. However, just because one part of the journey is more difficult, it doesn’t mean we should never travel.
Let ‘journey’ inspire your music, photography, and painting this week.
As always, these creative prompts and ideas 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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