Monday, May 14, 2012

Motivation Monday ... Old houses

Every Monday, I'll post a writing prompt or exercise to get fingers typing, pencils scribbling and creative juices flowing. If you'd like to participate, leave a link to your blog post in the comments.

This week, imagine stumbling across this photo in a box of old family mementos in the attic. You've never seen the house before, nor heard mention of it, but something earned its place in a box of your family's most prized possessions. Where is it? Why haven't you seen it until now? What went on there? How does it make you feel?

Use this exercise to write a poem, flash fiction, short story or fictional diary entry. I'll post mine next Monday before I set the next writing prompt. Enjoy!

37 comments:

Laura said...

Oh how fun. I love writing excercises! Will have to try and gie this a go if I get the time :)

Morgan said...

Oh my goodness... that picture is *amazing* Aren't there so many untold stories inside that pic? WIsh I was standing right there... ;)

Michelle Gregory said...

what a cool picture. i love the name of your blog. thanks for stopping by beautiful chaos.

Andrea Teagan said...

Ooooh, love this photo. Its making me want to write a ghost story :)

Andrea

Mina Lobo said...

That is a gorgeously creepy picture! :-)

Some Dark Romantic

Roe said...

I love this picture, it's eerily beautiful.

Dana said...

Beautiful pic!

Christine Rains said...

What an awesome photo!

Heather Murphy said...

Thanks for the follow! I will try to write something with your prompt on Monday. Sounds like fun! I love the pic but I am drawing a blank at the moment.

Mark K said...

Thank you for joining us at the hearth - so here I am seeing what you're all about. I like :)

Interesting concept. I'll see if I can hobble something together.

Kind regards

Mark K

DarlingNickey said...

I think that photo has just spawned my August novel o.O LOL awesome!

Amandini said...

What a great idea, and an evocative photo...hmm, maybe I should play... :)

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Michael Pierce said...

I love the picture, which is right up my alley for flash fiction. I'd like to play along. My next flash fiction post won't be until June 1st, but I'll pick either this one or what you post tomorrow. I'm excited and thanks for the follow!

Gossip_Grl said...

Love this particular picture and playing along here http://1dayiwll.blogspot.com/

Amandini said...

What a fantastic prompt and what an evocative pic...I feel like I should give this a go sometime this week. :)

Heather Murphy said...

Stopping by again to award you with the Styling Blogger Award. It can be picked up on my blog. Congrulations!

Jess said...

Oh, that's so cool! Very cool picture! I love prompts :)

Noticed you following a lot of the blogs I follow, so I thought I'd drop by! It's so nice to meet you! I'm following along :)

Christine Danek said...

What a great photo! Love it! My head is spinning with ideas. I'm also stopping by to say hello and thanks for the follow.
Can't wait to read more posts.

Cortney Pearson said...

So intriguing, I love it!

Mary Aalgaard, Play off the Page said...

Thanks for connecting with me. This photo is fascinating. My mind is going in several directions with a writing prompt.

E.D. said...

A great photo - so dark and mysterious. And a great idea.
Thanks for the follow too.

Candilynn Fite said...

The photo is great. I see many faces and images. Half of an owl's face is to the left of the window in the middle arch, upstairs. A creature's side profile lurks out the front doors. And, there is an image of a person standing to the left of the front steps, as if he or she is walking toward them. Call me crazy, but that's what I see.

What does it prompt? A whole heckuva lot. I'll be checking back by, as I'd love to write some short fiction. I could use the mental exercise. www.cfitewrite.blogspot.com.

Great idea, btw. :))

C.

Candilynn Fite said...

Did I miss a word limit? Or is it up to us?

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Lynn Proctor said...

http://lynnproctor.blogspot.com/2012/05/window-sill.html?showComment=1337609681846#c2486762797590832874

thanks for this opportunity!

Ella said...

I love this photo! It inspires intriguing inspiration ;D

Nice to meet you~

Hart Johnson said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE old houses. They really do spark the imagination, and in person, they have so much personality. It is too bad they are so much work to maintain and I lack skills, but I sure can write a story about them!

And I am your follower 42, which I believe makes me the meaning of life. *shifty*

M Pax said...

Fabulous house and inspiration. I love old houses.

Liza said...

This is a lovely idea. Writing prompts can be such a huge help. http://middlepassages-lcs.blogspot.com/

Jessica Salyer said...

Great picture. I'll have to stop back and participate next time.

Sarah Pete said...

What a cool idea!
Thanks for the follow :]
I look forward to reading your work!

Judy said...

It reminds me of the Woman in Black house. . . looks so paranormally -- which I love!!!
new follower :)

Robin said...

Great picture. And great idea. I'm excited to see how everything goes on your journal to novel writer.

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

Oh my stars! What a wonderful old house. I'd be scrambling to find out whatever I could if I were to find this photo in my photos. What wonderful stories it much have within its walls. Thanks for sharing.

Youngman Brown said...

It makes me slightly sad that I seemed to have missed this awesome prompt, but it makes me totally sad to see that this doesn't seem to be continuing.

Lauren said...

Looks like not many people posted stories. Hm. Well, I'll be a trend breaker.

www.lauren-ritz.blogspot.com

http://lauren-ritz.blogspot.com/2012/07/writing-prompt-from-manuscripts-at.html

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