In honor of Throw Back Thursday, I offer writing prompts from two different posts. The first was originally published March 6, 2012. The second was a post that I NEVER finished writing (but has been sitting in “draft” form for many years!)
Writing Prompt on Lost Objects
I can hardly think about my favorite jacket without remembering (still bitterly), the roommate who threw it away in anger. When I see a balloon floating into the sky, I think of an old friend who threatened to attach his wedding band to one end of a string and let the helium guide it away. Sometimes I wonder if I fell in love with Randi after reading an essay she wrote for a writing class (years ago) about the objects that she had lost (as a way of rendering the passing of time and the loss of her house). And so with all of this in mind, I bring you this writing prompt:
If you haven’t written about an object yet (or even if you have), try its afterimage: the object(s) you have lost.
Writing Prompt from A Lost Post
The lost file had little more than the following: a link to an NPR article, the words “Asylum Suitcases,” and the question: What stories do residual objects leave behind?
You may have seen this article when it was passed around the FB. A photographer named Jon Crispin found over 400 suitcases left behind in the attic of an asylum: “The suitcases contain letters that were never mailed, diaphanous cigarette papers, a glass bottle of glycerin left behind by a craftswoman — tiny parts of a forgotten whole.” You can view a slideshow of the suitcases HERE. (Felt wrong to try to include them in this post)
Your prompt: Use the images to inspire a poem or scene. OR,
Alternative Prompt: Consider other objects you have found. Our own instinct is often to take a picture. You might flip through your phone and find those random moments. Use one or all of them in a story or poem.
Here are some surprising found objects from my own recent camera files…