This is the seventh installment of The Curious Creative, weekly 10-minute writing exercises for the busy individual interested in exploring her creativity. For the complete rationale, click here.
If I could do a wordle of all the poetry ever written, I bet the word “tree” would show up as one of the most prominent words. This week, like all great poets, you are going to spend time with a trees.
- Pick a tree from your world. It should be one you see or notice all the time, maybe on your commute to work, or outside your office window, etc.
- Put your notebook near your vantage point and keep it open for a few days so you can jot down little things you notice or feel about the tree. Pay close attention to its shapes and sounds, colors, smells, and textures.
- Sketch it.
- Research it online. Jot down any interesting folklore or facts about it.
- If you have any, write down personal memories or associations with this tree or one it reminds you of.
By the end of the week, do you have a messy but rich list of words/phrases inspired by this tree? And maybe even a new obsession with this tree?
- If you want to take this prompt a step beyond the 10-minute exercise, try writing a series of short poems about this one tree or begin a short story or nonfiction piece using this tree as your entry point.
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This prompt was inspired by the “Tree Poems” prompt from “The Time Is Now” in Poets & Writers magazine (Sept. 2016 issue).