This week I've had some... shall we say "extra"... time at work. When I have this time, my mind tends to wander and I become completely involved in a daydream. When I finally snap out of it I can never remember what in the world could have been so fanciful that made me waste so much time, then I proceed to look up the same things I always do on the computer. (Right now it's mostly Yellowstone related stuff.) However, this week is a bit different. I have a lot of this type of time on my hands and I am finally starting to feel creative again. It has been a good minute or two since I've written anything original. I started a song last summer after I was kicked off of the Whaler, but depression set in, blah blah blah, I never finished it.
Today I decided to look up some writing prompts. Part of me hopes that wherever I'm placed at in YNP doesn't have good wifi so that I can remember to read instead of watch Netflix or HBO, or use these prompts to write, or actually follow through on my plan to keep a nature journal. I have always indicated that I am not a visual artist in any sense of the word, (I can barely draw stick people,) but it turns out that I don't need to be. I can attempt to sketch whatever it is I'm observing, but I can also use the skills I do possess of words to paint my picture. Guess I'll need to brush up on my descriptive words!
With all this said, one particular writing prompt from this site I chose today is called "the Vessel."
"3. The Vessel:Write about a ship or other vehicle that can take you somewhere different from where you are now."
Well, maybe this one kind of jumped out at me.
You see, one of the things that terrifies me is losing the memory of things I've done. I already know that it's becoming difficult for me to remember all the knots I learned last summer. So following this prompt would hopefully ignite those memories and possibly create a happier ending than the one that happened in real life.
And what is more, a dear couple to me has decided to up and sell their possessions - house, furniture, 90% of their belongings - and buy a boat to live/work on. So all my nautical memories are coming back when thinking of their future.
My mind is swimming with book ideas.
Oh the possibilites of time.
I titled this entry the way I did, because the truth is that it IS difficult for me to write in fantasy anymore. My writing tends to be realistic and very depressing. I do not want that. I am here and now setting a goal to write more positively. Particularly for this prompt. Maybe my scary nautical story will come, but my first nautical story will be a pleasant one.
If you would like some prompts...