Wordplay Wednesday: Reading as Inspiration
Often I am asked where I get writing ideas. My response is usually that I have so many ideas that I have to tell them to take a number. In reality I get ideas from many sources which I will enumerate over the next few weeks.
Often my inspiration comes from reading. Recently I read Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, by Elizabeth Gilbert. It is a joyous, enthusiastic book filled with her philosophy and advice on pursuing a creative life. I read it with a pen and a stack of index cards close at hand. When I came across a phrase, word or quote that resonated with me I jotted it down on a card. I ended up with at least 30 cards.
This week’s prompts are all taken from Gilbert’s book. Choose a prompt, set your timer for 10 minutes and see what happens. As always, keep your hand moving until time is up. If your writing has energy and momentum, keep going!
A wild and unexpected gift from the universe
A whimsical rant
The usual rules do not apply
An emotional minefield
Miraculous turn of fate
Last week, I challenged you to think like a teenager and invent new, cool meanings for some archaic words. I promised to give the actual definitions for the words this week. Here they are:
Ascercomic –a person whose hair has never been cut
Fanfaronade-swaggering, empty boasting
Hamartia- a tragic character flaw
Afreet- a powerful Jinn in Arabian mythology
Bindlestiff- a tramp, hobo
bardolatry a humorous, excessive admiration of Shakespeare
Erf- a plot of land
Gobermouche – a gullible listener
Pyknic- having a stocky physique
Shamal- a hot, dry wind
Martlet- a fourth son
Bannock- a flat cake
Did you find any inspiration now that you know the definitions ?
Can you find a writing idea lurking in your reading material this week?
I would love to hear about it!