Spring is Upon Us!
This is the twenty-third installment of The Curious Creative, weekly 10-minute writing exercises for busy individuals interested in exploring their creativity. For the complete rationale, click here.
Spring is upon us! Depending on where you live, it might be further along here than there. But if you pay close attention, you will feel the first hints of your senses awakening to this new input. The smells of wood smoke, cinnamon, and hot chocolate are fading away, and enter something fresh, something new. For this week’s exercise, you’ll pay close attention to the earliest signs of spring, and create a trio of writings, each focusing on a different sense.
- Make a list of words and phrases that describe the surface textures, odors, and colors that surround you as this season morphs into the next. You may notice the contrasting colors of green shoots poking through decayed leaf matter, the brighter colors of spring jackets and skirts, the fuzzy textures of leaf buds on trees, the lighter tones in the sky, or the scents of early spring flowers.
- Look over your list and circle the words/phrases that are most evocative of spring.
- From these, select one word or specific object.
- Write a trio of poems, each focusing on one type of sense. Repeat the word/object throughout all three poems, in order to tie them together. Use your initial brainstorm list to draw inspiration from.
How did you do? Did paying attention to the smallest signs of nature’s generativeness inspire you to generate new writing?
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Inspired by: “The Surface and Bloom of All Things” poetry prompt from “The Time is Now: Writing Prompts and Exercises.” Poets and Writers magazine. 15 Nov. 2016.