Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Writing Prompt: Summer

Lily pads at Georgetown University the other morning

Applying suntan lotion to my son the other morning, the smell reminded me of last summer and how small he was. Senses are powerful and offer many memories in quick succession. 

For this writing prompt, describe a summer morning while paying particular attention to your five senses. Summer, in the city or by the sea, has a particular smell. What does that morning air taste like? How does the sunlight change your vision? What does the landscape look like through your sunglasses? How does the heat feel on your skin? What are the sounds you hear first thing in the morning?

Set a timer and write for ten minutes. Don’t worry about spelling or writing in complete sentences. Just jot down ideas as them come to you. If you can’t think of anything, write, “I don’t know what to write” until you get bored with that and start to think about something else.

The prompt might lead you in a different direction and your result might not have anything to do with the five senses or even summer. But that’s the idea – it is a prompt to get you started.

I’d love to hear where you end up, if you’d like to share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

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