by Pat Phillips West
Prompt #1 – Seasons
This is the time of year writers are inspired by the change of season. After all, it provides a rotating backdrop for our lives and marks the passage of time. It also represents moving on and letting go.
Seasons can function as metaphors and provide a setting for your story or subject for your poem.
Write a scene depicting a seasonal change that incorporates a change in your character’s life.
Remember to be creative and use this prompt for a variety of genres: nonfiction, fiction, poetry, songs. Let your imagination run wild.
Prompt # 2- Seasonings
This month you may also want to include at least one reference to seasonings as you develop your seasonal theme. Think about recipes and/or spices. For example, write a recipe for a favorite dish in poetry. Or write a nonfiction piece about the foods you remember from childhood. Make us hungry as you focus on a recipe in some way.
Or write a piece of fiction that includes a recipe for something else; i.e., love, disaster (maybe at a holiday gathering), breaking up, etc. Consider using seasonings and cooking terms in new and different ways.
Think of salt, saffron, basil, red hot chili peppers, cinnamon, garlic. Let your taste buds lead the way to something spicy.
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Pat Phillips West moved so often even her closest friends asked if she was in the Witness Protection Program. She refused to comment, except to say she’s in Portland, OR, for now. Her poems appear or will appear in Imagination & Place: Weather, Persimmon Tree, VoiceCatcher6, Manzanita Writers Press, San Pedro River Review and elsewhere.
Photographs used with permission.