A year ago I started this prompt blog after being challenged by my friend, the writer Valerie Laws. I had no idea of the journey that she had set me on and the things that I would learn en route. One of my favourite prompts I researched, looks at Japanese pillow books. They were a way for women at the Imperial Court of Japan to become respected by society and are wonderful historic documentaries, showing the musings, gossip and observations of the court at that time. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pillow_Book
I started this project on the 1st July, last year with the prompt “The Questioning Mind”. The idea was inspired by my 8 year old son, having had a morning with him asking a lot of question that mostly started with the word “Why?” It made me think of the associations between writing and questions. A questioning mind is very important to a writer. Novels and film scripts, as well as poems often start with a simple premise, such as “What could be the ultimate outcome of the US law of Double Jeopardy?”
Questions’ reason for existence are to achieve answers, without questions there would be no answers and likewise. There are websites set up that attempt to answer any question you might ask.https://uk.answers.yahoo.com/
1 Write down a series of potential answers on to pieces of scarp paper, scrunch them up and place in a container. Aim for between 30-50.(20 minutes).
2 Then pick one randomly out of the container and write down 3 potential questions for the answer. Free write.(15-20 minutes).
3 Pick three random answers from the container and try to thinks of links. Free write. (15-20 minutes).
4 Pick an answer and then Google and free write.(15-20 minutes).
Thank you to everyone that has viewed this site, all the comments and likes and all the written responses. Thanks to Valerie Laws for the challenge. Pamphlets and stories and poems have been written in response to it. I have enjoyed my year and hope you have too!