It really isn’t as daunting an exercise as the title might imply. Actually, the final interpretation of the assignment is entirely up to you, courageous writer.
You are welcome to choose only one of the prompts shown below as the basis for your 500 word masterpiece … or you could write two separate pieces of 500 words each … or for the bravest among us, merge both prompts into one 500 word magnum opus.
And now for the prompts:
Appearance – More specifically, is what it seems actually what it is? Many comedies and mysteries have been based upon this simple, but intriguing premise. The all-important ‘it’ is entirely up to you, creative and observant writer.
The Order of Things – Choose four different components of anything you have seen, experienced, or can imagine, and simply rearrange them as you see fit.
For example, Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt was photographed at the 2016 Olympics wearing a tee shirt emblazoned with, ‘On Your Mark, Get Set, Go, BOLT!’. Those four components moved about might end up as, ‘Get Set, Bolt, On Your Mark, Go!’. How would those changes affect an actor or swimmer or locksmith?
As long as four different parts of anything are rearranged, the story, poem, lyrics, etc. are yours for the writing.
Have a good time dreaming up all kinds of possible scenarios – and writing them down – and as always, feel free to share your suggestions for future prompts in the comments section.
Your final creation (or possibly creations), will be met with rapt attention and perhaps cheers of ‘Bravo’ at our next meeting. We’ll look forward to seeing everyone at the North Dearborn Public Library at 6:00pm on Thursday, September 1st.
The photograph of the Frog Prince is published courtesy of:
The Four Seasons is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 100 years or less.