For over a year, I’ve been subscribed to Poets & Writers‘s weekly writing prompts. I haven’t really had a chance to use them, because I wasn’t doing all that much creative writing last year.
In sitting down to resume a project that I first began in 2009, I’ve always known it was going to be hard to shake off the cobwebs and get back into that world, but I’ve also known that I had to if I was ever going to be satisfied with this as a collection.
Anyway, the writing prompts felt like a good way to jump back in, taking some of the pressure off trying to come up with an idea. I got this:
Write a poem that is a list of people, places, and/or things that you long for.
Not bad, and it certainly felt like a concept that could fit into a post-apocalyptic zombie dreamscape, so I set my timer for a half-hour and went for it.
Didn’t end up following the prompt exactly. I began to describe several images, but kept deliberately falling short, allowing images in the foreground to obscure the backgrounds the prompt called for. If that makes any sense.
Anyway, it’s in rough form, but I think I actually just found a very useful device for the collection. Ever since I read Joshua Young’s When the Wolves Quit, I’ve been acutely aware of the need for counter-narrative—and sometimes just complete changes of pace.
So, it felt like a good start in that direction. Making headway on a new thread has been one of the main goals for a long time. Something to explore down the road, and a chance, I think, to get to know the story’s main character a little bit better.