This week’s creative prompt is Soar. 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.
soar — fly or rise high in the air, maintain height in the air without flapping wings or using engine power, increase rapidly above the usual level
Soar is a verb.
fly up, wing, wing its way; take off, take flight, take to the air; ascend, climb, rise, glide, plane, float, drift, hang, hover, rise rapidly, escalate, spiral upwards
Soar denotes action, and yet it also has that element of drift, of minimal energy.
Let the prompt ‘soar’ 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 with some specific prompts…
A Fiction Writing Prompt exploring the word soar to stretch the literary muscles. No rules. No word counts. Simply write and explore.
It was more than flying. I could now soar and wonder at everything below.
Writing Prompt Expanded
This week, William Shatner went to the edge of space. The actor had pretended to fly between stars for much of his career. Although he didn’t get close to warp speed, he did manage to see something very few of us ever have. When he returned to earth and spoke of his ordeal, he was moved to tears. The wonder of what he saw took his words away.
This prompt is all about describing what you see and why you can see it. Describing a situation and explaining how it makes your protagonist feel is integral to good writing. Here are a few questions to help.
- Where are you?
- How are you able to soar and not just fly?
- How does the ‘soaring’ affect your other senses?
The context for this prompt is entirely up to you. It could be set in space, or closer to earth. The main point is that ‘soaring’ enables the wonder to take place.
Enjoy, and may your words capture the wonder of the situation.
Quick fiction writing
Set a time limit, use the following random prompts and write a short piece of fiction.
- Character: Grandmother
- Place: Hilltop
- Item: hang glider
I had originally chosen the word ‘flying’ for this week’s prompt. However, it became clear that I wanted something more. Where I currently live, I often glimpse seagulls soaring high above. I wonder what they can see, and dream about what it would be like to soar so high and take in the earth below.
Three ideas for your journal
- draw a ‘map’ of where you live as seen by a soaring bird
- describe in words or collage where you would like to soar
- write about how you can fly/soar to the top in your chosen profession/pastime
Theory of General Creativity
I now have ‘soar’ written on the board above my computer. I am confident it will inspire me on my creative journey this week.
- look up to see what is looking down
- imagine your art/music soaring and let that guide your creativity
- don’t limit your ideas, let them soar
Let ‘soar’ 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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