We did 42 days of writing prompts and exercises (phew!), now we’re going to take things a bit slower and go weekly instead of daily.
Every Wednesday afternoon at 5pm (Dublin time) I will post a writing prompt and suggest a way in which you can use it to generate new writing.
As always it is just for enjoyment, no pressure, no hassle, no worries.
Today’s creative writing prompt is:
This is a quaint expression to describe upsetting someone, but you could take it literally. A bird with feathers out of place – where? Why? How? What happened? What happens next?
You could take the feathers somewhere else – a feather pillow, mattress, duvet for example. What about a quill pen? Or someone given the white feather of cowardice? Or how about finding a small white feather, supposed to be delivered by an angel as a symbol of hope from the spirit realm?
You can feather your own nest, take a feather from someone’s cap, be a featherweight. Feathering techniques are used by artists and oarsmen.
Spend a few minutes writing down all the words and expressions that come to mind associated with feathers, and see if something begins to form, a short story perhaps, or a poem.
Try timing yourself at this first stage and free write for just 10 minutes. Then look back at what you’ve written and see if there is something there, a phrase or a sentence that might be worked on further.
Let the idea of feathers float around in your head for a while before you re-focus to write more.
By now you should have some good ideas to work on, at least one of which you can develop into finished work. Good luck!