Shadow Boxing

Betty shadow sFor this week’s creative writing prompt, I’m suggesting you try putting a shadow into a box.

I know, right? Why would you bother ? But what if you could?

What kind of box? How big? How many shadows would you keep? Of what? Why? Will your shadows all get along or could there be conflict?

Sinister or joyous, shadows are shapes projected by someone or something in the way of a bright light, often the sun.

Someone closely following someone else can be described as a shadow, and of course, governments have politicians in opposition with shadow responsibilities.

And shadow boxing really refers to fitness training against an imaginary opponent.

Then there’s the person who is not what they once were: a shadow of his/her former self. And what about the individual afraid of their own shadow?

Without a shadow of a doubt, there are some good ideas here for new writing!

Try jotting down a list of things that come to mind as you’re reading this. You’ve got this far, so the chances are some ideas are sparking/sparkling (don’t you just love what a difference a letter makes?).

Now try writing your ideas into something you want to share with others: a story perhaps, a poem, some creative non-fiction. Your choice this week, so no matter if you’re not into my poetry or fiction suggestions, today I’m giving you free reign to write whatever you like. Just start off with something shadowy and see where you go, for as long as it takes.

The shadowy picture is of my late, great feline friend Betty, much missed by the Cole family…

This is the 71st new creative writing prompt in a series which began in March 2020 as a Lockdown project to kick-start new writing: short stories, flash fiction, poetry, memoir, creative non-fiction, whatever. Originally, I created 42 daily prompts and exercises, with a nod to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Now they’re every Wednesday at 5pm (Dublin time).  It all began here