Writing Prompt #1 Horse-drawn Carriage.
In my last post, I mentioned the book FLOAT: Becoming Unstuck for Writers, written by A M Carley. One of the tools in this book is called Date Yourself. It suggests that you honor your own need for creative solitude. “You take a complete break from your project, and simply get out into the world with curiosity and a sense of adventure.” [Carley, A. M. (2016). Float: Becoming Unstuck for Writers. Charlottesville, VA: Chenille Books. p. 57]
This one caught my attention. I have always loved to go for walks in nature, although recently I was in a rut of just sitting at my desk and working non-stop to try to get out of my ‘stuckness.’ This tool reminded me of times in the past when I used to regularly take walks in the woods to (in geek-speak) defrag my brain.
For those of you unfamiliar with the term defrag, first, it is short for defragmenting or defragmentation. It describes a process or program that runs on a computer to reorganize all the information stored on, it thereby freeing up disk space and boosting its performance.
Well, quite some time ago, I learned that walking in the woods or on a beach was my brain’s defrag program, and just as we should periodically run a defrag program on our computers, we should also regularly perform defrags on our brains. Taking a walk in a beautiful place is an inexpensive and efficient way to do this. It miraculously organizes the thought files of our minds, makes space for new ideas and boosts our performance.
I’ve been working on boosting my performance both physically and mentally, so now I go on walks anytime I get a chance. I always have my cell phone with me because I love to photograph anything interesting I come across on my walks, and I come across a surprising number of interesting things.
I have decided to put those photos to good use by making them available to you as picture writing prompts. I plan to post a new one each month. I hope you find them useful in getting your creativity flowing.
Please comment below if you find a particular picture interesting or helpful. Also, please share what story or piece you come up with from using the writing prompt if you are so inclined. ENJOY!
I was walking in a local public park and right outside its boundary, I saw this!