This week’s creative prompt is “remember”. Each week we begin with a single word and expand it to inspire writing fiction, journaling, and other creative activities. These creative prompts, are to give me, and anyone else who wants to join in, some inspiration for our creative work.
remember — have in or be able to bring to one’s mind an awareness of (someone or something from the past)
Remember is a verb.
bear in mind, keep in mind, not lose sight of the fact, not forget, be mindful of the fact; take into account, take into consideration, recall, call to mind, recollect, think of; put a name to, place; reminisce about, think back to, look back on, hark back to, cast one’s mind back to, summon up, muse on; take a trip down memory lane, don’t forget.
Remember recalls the past and yet, that recollection occurs in the present and depending on what we are remembering it can direct our future.
Let the prompt ‘remember’ 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…
A Fiction Writing Prompt exploring the word remember to stretch the literary muscles. No rules. No word counts. Simply write and explore.
This is the moment, what it is all about. This is what I would remember.
Writing Prompt Expanded
We live in an instant society. With the right resources, we can do most things when we want. I can’t help feeling that this leaves many of us with a sense of loss, a soullessness, which means we rarely focus on the experience of those ‘instants’. It becomes too easy to simply move on to the next moment.
This prompt is all about realising one of those moments and capturing it. This isn’t about describing a walk to the shops, it should be about something that is life-changing.
- Why is this moment worth remembering?
- How does the moment affect each of your senses?
- What will your character do with these memories?
The context for this prompt is entirely up to you. The challenge is to describe something that is probably outside your experience. Fiction is always a balance between the imagination and things we know and understand. Making the unknown believable is an admirable writing skill.
Enjoy and may your words be memorable as they are captured.
Quick fiction writing
Set a time limit, use the following random prompts, and write a short piece of fiction.
- Character: soldier
- Place: battlefield
- Item: where flag
This week marks Armistice Day. Many people around the world will stop and remember the end of the First World War. Many veterans who have been on active service, share little about their experiences, and yet they remember. We remember their service and the events as well, giving thanks and praying that the future is peaceful.
Three ideas for your journal
- find out and write about one of your ancestors who served
- paint/collage and mage that represents peace
- write and/or create a mixed media page of your favourite memory, something you are happy to remember
Theory of General Creativity
I now have ‘remember’ written on the board above my computer. I am confident it will inspire me on my creative journey this week.
- Capture things to remember with your camera (photography is a great way to capture memorable moments, although remember to experience them as well.)
- Recall a time when you were successful with a project, rinse and repeat. Or remember and change your process if something didn’t work.
- Remember seeing or hearing your favourite art or music for the first time, express the emotions you felt in your art and composing
Let ‘remember’ 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 or idea.
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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