Writing Prompt: The Balloon

When I was little, one of my favourite treats when going to an amusement park with my parent s was to get a balloon. It made it hard to go on rides and of course. Mom or Dad would have to mind it for me while I enjoyed the carousel. Once I got it home, having kept it low in the car to avoid obstructing Dad’s rear view, I tied it to the end of my bed so that I could watch it sway in the breeze at night. I always went for blue, not the pink or red you’d expect a girl to gravitate towards. It was always a bit sad when the helium eventually leaked out and the balloon lost its ability to float around my room. Sometimes my brother and I would go out into the garden and release our balloons before they could die that way.

Try writing a story about a balloon. Have fun.

Writing Prompt: Sweet, Sour or Savoury?

Quite often, in writing, description focuses on appearances, sounds, sensations or smells. What about taste? I’ve never really thought about it, but I think that deep down I’m a savoury kind of girl. I love spices, strong chilies, rich butter and I’m a total steak monster and shepherds pie is just the thing to make me happy when I’m tired and need comfort food.

Sure, I love my sweets too. Sticky toffee pudding with dates and ice cream, sugary lemon sorbet with a sweet wafer in the middle or in a sugar cone, strawberries dipped in milk chocolate, and oreos with milk send me off to sleep with a smile.

I love lemons, limes, oranges, tart pomegranates, and grapefruits.

With all the flavours the world has to offer, what’s your favourite? Describe the things you love to taste and work them into a narrative.

Writing Prompt: Sweet, Sour or Savoury?

Writing Prompt: Location, location, location

You can write anywhere. All you need is a pen and a notebook. I’ve spoken to writers before about experiencing different places. I don’t mean you have to fly to Paris for inspiration (though I don’t suppose it would hurt) but sometimes by taking a stroll away from the usual, you get to see all sorts of people. One of the things I like to do now and again is to take my tools and mill around the city until I find a perch where I can see life wandering past. I’ve written in pubs with a pint on the table, in cafes, on a bridge, on the roof of a building, ice skating rink, on top of a hill, under a tree in the Botanical Gardens, and even sat on an abandoned merry-go-round in a park.

Changing the scenery does a few things, it lets you see the world from different angles, allows you to observe life and takes you out of the comfort of routine, making what you write a bit more spontaneous.

Try it. Leave the laptop at home, grab a pen and a notebook, go somewhere you’ve never been before and write down what you see. Describe the place, the people there (if any), the smells, the furniture if you’re indoors, the landscape if you’re outdoors, use colour and texture.

Writing Prompt: Location, location, location

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