Welcome to the new complete weekly 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.
When it comes to being unsure of things, this past year has had quite an effect. The pandemic and its consequences have left many of us not knowing what to do or not being able to do what we want to do. Feelings of confusion and uncertainty have been abundant. Therefore, this week’s creative prompt is:
Lost — unable to find one’s way; not knowing one’s whereabouts
this is one meaning, there is also the meaning concerning something that has been taken away or cannot be recovered
Let the prompt ‘lost’ 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.
Whichever way I looked. Whatever direction I faced. It made no difference. I was lost.
Writing Prompt Expanded
The word lost can be used in a variety of ways. It can relate to something very real and very physical, with either the object or subject lost. It can also refer to internal feelings, it isn’t just the TV remote that gets lost. This flexibility makes the word a great metaphor.
This prompt is all about describing the situation and feelings of being lost.
- Are you physically lost somewhere?
- What is the predominant feeling associated with being lost?
- How do your senses tell you that you are lost?
The writing perspective is the first person. This often makes it easier to explain feelings and use metaphor and simile? However, you can change to the third person. You also have complete control over the context and setting. Has your character gone out and got lost, have they woken up to find themselves someplace unknown, or are they having an existential episode? The choice is always yours… but don’t get lost deciding.
Journaling allows us to hold conversations on paper. From private diaries to creative art journals, we pour out our deepest thoughts. Exploring our feelings of uncertainty, or of memories and moments that we no longer have, are meaningful journal entries.
Questions to answer, thoughts to explore or images to create in your journal:
- What is the most treasured item you have lost?
- Have you ever been so unsure about the future that you felt lost?
- If you get lost, do you panic or are you a shining example of calm?
Theory of General Creativity
I now have ‘lost’ written on the board above my computer. I am confident it will inspire me on my creative journey this week. Several months ago I was lost when it came to a musical direction, but now I seem to have found my way. However, there are many times within the songwriting and recording process when I don’t know what direction to take. I am momentarily lost. Then the journal will come out, or I will ‘explore’ the musical landscape until I find my way.
Let ‘lost’ 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.
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 on any social platform.
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