Last year, a contest was published in The Writer magazine, and the contest writing prompt has stuck with me ever since I read it. I thought it would be the perfect first prompt to get you excited about our week of writing.
As some of you may know, I’ve recently given and attended talks about micro-memoir, or the art of writing memoir under 1,000 words in length. Today, I want you to write a micro-memoir piece about a wunderkammer, which is a 16th century cabinet (or room) of wonders. These rooms held all manner of treasures that were collected and curated to inspire awe, wonder, and even fear. They were items like taxidermied animals, shrunken heads, and scientific tools.
What inspires awe, wonder, or fear in you? What items from your past would you put in your wunderkammer, and what stories do those objects represent? What would your cabinet of wonders, or wunderkammer, hold? What treasures hold a dangerous or deeply charged feeling in you. Those are the magical objects that can inspire a lifetime of story-writing possibilities. Think up a few of these objects and then hone in on the one that speaks to and inspires you most. Then, write about it in 1,000 words or fewer.
If you’d like to read the actual contest prompt from last year, which includes a writing sample, click here. Then, if you feel able, post your micro-memoir piece below so we can, collectively, create one big wunderkammer.