Once the MSS is with the publisher I'll be free to start something else. But what? I have some vague ideas but nothing concrete and little writing tools like these maps, creative kick-starts to the imagination, are ideal in uncovering what's lurking in my subconscious as well as the dark and dusty places of my conscious mind.
I took a tour around my kitchen today (one of the maps is called Write Around the House), taking photos at random so I can use them as prompts later.
Colours are good: brainstorming around them taps into all kinds of memories.
The clock above came from the kitchen of the house in France. It's only just over a year since we moved back but already it seems rather dreamlike. Five years that have shrunk into a memory that feels like the size of a clementine, small enough to hold in my hand. How can time do that?
What are the occasions when time really slows down? When I'm eating something exquisite, something I don't want to end, time doesn't seem to move at all.
I don't believe in writer's block. There's not wanting to write. Or not being happy with what we've written. But we can always write about something.
Hungry writing prompts
- Write about the map of your life.
- Write about the colour blue.
- Write about being late.
- Write about holding something in your hand.
- Write about what stops you from doing things.