A Fiction and Journal Writing Prompt exploring silence to stretch the literary muscles. No rules. No word counts. Simply write and explore.
I hear nothing. There should be a cacophony, but there is only silence.
Writing Prompt Expanded
Last week was all about sound so this week it seems only fitting that we delve into the opposite. It is often easier to write about something that is there. Something that has shape and form, that triggers our senses. The challenge here is to write about something that doesn’t exist. The prompt should help a little in that it suggests an expectancy of sound.
This prompt is all about silence, a complete lack of sound. It is about describing something that isn’t there.
- What sound should there be?
- How do you describe the absence of sound?
- Why is there no sound?
There is a lot of scope for creativity if you use this as a fiction prompt. You might be expecting noise from children having fun, a machine running, or a pet playing. It works well in both funny or sinister situations. As a journal prompt, it gives plenty of space to think about where the sound should or shouldn’t be in our lives, and again, how do you express this artfully on the page?
As always these writing 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 a journal page. If you do write something, please share it or a link, in the comments, use the hashtag #ffwp or tag me. I’d love to read what you create. Write and enjoy the learning process.
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