I’ve kept the *42 thing going for the last 54 posts, but I’m getting a bit bored with the title and really wanted to find something else…
But anyway, here we go again, another creative writing prompt and a suggestion as to what to do with it:
It is what it is, but the word is also slang for money.
Using bread as your starting point, write a 500-word journal entry (you are still keeping a journal to record your innermost thoughts for posterity, right? Look back on what I’ve said about journaling before: here).
Today’s writing can be about your daily bread, what and how you eat. Or maybe you bake your own loaves and have a favourite recipe? Perhaps you have crusty money issues you’d like to commit to paper? Or not.
Anyway, try thinking outwards from the bread rolls in the picture (yes, handmade by yours truly). Think about what you do and don’t like about bread, where you’ve been when you’ve eaten a different kind of bread. Write about dough, the rising kind or the spending sort. Let your pen (or keyboard) help your mind to wander and wonder at the scope of the subject.
Think about bread being fresh or stale, home-made, artisan-baked or mass produced in a factory. What’s printed on the bread wrapper? What do you do with the crumbs? What’s in your favourite sandwich? Where would you like to go with that sandwich on a picnic? Who would you like to go with you?
Do you see how you can start with one word and let it take you places? Just allow yourself the freedom to imagine…
The act of writing in your journal may then spark and idea or two for something else, a poem perhaps, a piece of flash fiction, or even a short story.
So, now I’m off to consult my punny headline generator ready for next week.
** Knowing 42 is the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything (as the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams explains in full), I began a Covid Lockdown project of creating 42 days of writing prompts and exercises. When that finished, I let myself off coming up with a daily post and decided to go weekly instead. Now, every Wednesday afternoon at 5pm (Dublin time) I 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 and I will continue until I’ve had enough (or someone insists I stop).