“Everyone who enjoys thinks that the principal thing to the tree is the fruit, but in point of fact the principal thing to it is the seed. -- Herein lies the difference between them that create and them that enjoy.”
I based this writing warm-up around an eerie looking photo I captured in Victoria Park. I thought it might be difficult coming up with ideas, but I was so wrong! It's amazing what you can come up with once you get started.
I give you today's writing prompt for my A to Z Blogging Challenge: T for Tree.
1. Spend a few minutes freewriting, using the word Tree as your starting point. Here’s what I came up with:
Scary black tree, gnarled and eerie in front of the derelict house. Swing from it? Hang from it… climb it/have an accident. Carve history into it. Forest fire/lightning crack. What has this tree seen in its life? Landscape changed but the tree remains. Changeable nature: rot, leaves fall, grows, bare, flourish. Home for wildlife. Sanctuary for peeping toms. Hiding place.
I can think of several story ideas to come from that lot. See how you get on with yours…
2. Sketch a mind-map using the key word as the nucleus, then branch out (ahem!) in whatever direction you please. You might find yourself going in completely unrelated paths (which I personally prefer). Do a five-minute freewrite incorporating as many (or few) branch words as you like. Here is my mind map (created using the SimpleMind app on my phone).
3. Choose one of the following sentence starts and freewrite for a few minutes, letting the words tumble out without a second thought:
- She faced the tree, covered her eyes and counted to a hundred…
- He visited the picnic spot from their courting days. Their initials were still etched in the tree, encased in a heart…
- I tied the rope, in a firm knot, around the sturdiest branch…
I find it best not to read my freewrites for at least a few days. Why not stuff them in a drawer and surprise yourself? It's blatant evidence that our minds work in mysterious ways. Plus, I defy you not to find an array of story seeds amongst your work.
Do you have any writing warm-ups you'd like to share?
Note: All photo prompts in my A to Z Challenge 2013 are my own. Feel free to use/copy/share to your hearts content. Help yourself. :)