April 1, 2015 – Surprise!

Surprise! You didn’t expect to hear from me today, did you? No, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke. In South Louisiana, we have a custom we call lagniappe, and it involves giving a little extra gift, something unexpected. So this is my lagniappe to you–one more writing prompt you weren’t expecting. It is one that I hope you find helpful today, and in the weeks and months to come.

I want you to pick a room or a place in or around your house. Go with the first place that pops into your head–a kitchen, bedroom, hallway, garden, front patio–any place will do. Write down what you picked. Now, really think about what that place in your home means to you. How do you utilize that space? What do you like or dislike about it? How has your idea of that sort of space changed throughout your life?  For example, maybe as a child you loved to watch a parent cook in the kitchen, but now your kitchen is hardly used because you don’t enjoy cooking.

Now, go ahead and walk to that space in your house. Look around and find three items from that space that call to you. You can really choose anything. Listen to your first gut reaction. There may be a reason your subconscious is taking note of these particular objects. Go back and write down the three items you chose.

Describe your three items. Write down any memories or feelings you have about them. Do they remind you of a special time or an important person in your life? Take us back to the moment you obtained them. Once you’ve done that, choose the one item that has the richest story potential and write that object’s story.

If, in the future, you are ever stuck and need something to write about or an idea to get your juices flowing, just pick another room in your house and another few objects. You’d be amazed how many stories reside in the rooms of your home and in the objects you possess.


photo credit: Christopher Barson Interior Associates Project: Spring Valley Residence via photopin (license)

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