Then last week, I started researching a workshop for read-on prompts and ran across several more. My list has been expanded to thirty-eight. I imagine there are more out the waiting for me to discover them, but for now these will have to suffice.
PROMPT TWENTY-EIGHT - MEMORIES
Using this prompt should result in creating stories that are more emotionally driven since they will be based on the author’s life experiences. Allow words to flow from your subconscious to the page, making a list of any nouns that are generated this way. Then let your mind free-associate those with mental pictures out of your past. These become the foundation for your stories.
Airplane – climbing a plane monument in a park and nearly falling off.
Truck – my family taking a vacation in my dad’s beat up Chevy.
Lumber – working with an accident prone laborer twice my age.
Slow Moe – Randy started his construction career as a laborer under the tutelage of Joe “Moe” Morrison. Moe suffered injury after injury, remaining a laborer even after Randy started his own construction company and hired him. Then Randy suffers a debilitating work injury and Moe offers to help Randy at home until he recovers. In the wake of their strengthening friendship, Randy discovers that Moe’s mishaps weren’t funny or amusing at all.