I like unusual writing prompts. Especially those that seem totally uninspiring. I actually go looking for them sometimes when I feel a need for, um, inspiration for my writing. Some of my best writing has come from some unrelated combinations of words. The very first piece of short fiction that I wrote was written from the challenge to write a piece containing the words “little candle” and “seaweed.” It has since been refined and published in a literary journal. (It has nothing to do with the ocean and the candle is minimal to the setting.)
This morning I wrote about the ceiling light fixture in our living room, pictured below. Fascinating, isn’t it?
The prompt was to write about an object in our immediate surroundings, something that seemed insignificant, to tell it’s story. Here are 10 sentences that I wrote about our ceiling light to get me started.
2. It is turned on when Steve needs his mustache trimmed and we kneel on either side of the coffee table with the little stork scissors in my hand.
3. I am more likely to turn it on.
4. Steve is more likely to turn it off.
5. We both agreed that there needed to be a ceiling light in the room.
6. It is perfectly centered in the ceiling.
7. Its bright brass trim doesn’t match the antique brass doorknobs.
8. It hangs silently, never complaining.
9. I don’t know if we’ve ever had to change the light bulbs in twenty years.