As soon as I could write independently, I was creating characters and developing plotlines and establishing settings.
In seventh grade we learned how to write academic essays, including writing theses and citing quotations MLA-style and analyzing their significance. Suddenly writing was tedious, unrewarding work. I had to follow a formula, not my own inspiration.
Creative writing was the first thing I quit, but it’s also the first thing I’m going back to.
Last month I made a prompt box inspired by blogger Andrea Badgley. I cut up index cards, found a random word & phrase generator online, and filled the blank strips with words that enticed me.
My alarm now rings ten minutes earlier than it did before, and I find myself waking up excited to draw a prompt from the box and spend my day’s first minutes freewriting the world of a previously unknown character, based on that random word or phrase.
Wheel. Expedite. Imperfect. Ice. Unoccupied nutshell. Heebie-jeebies.
Creative writing, I have returned.