Warmth and much light can make our plant friends happy. For this week’s creative prompts, the theme is growth. Take a few minutes, or more, to consider the ripe passage of time—or art it out, whatever your medium may be.
- Bring photosynthetic processes into your writing or art piece, even if green really has nothing to do with it.
- Create a piece in honor of gardens. Compose small sections of prose or poetry based on a sketch you make of a plot where 4 or more distinct things have been planted, are growing. Each section should have its own style and flavor but need not refer specifically to food or flowers.
- The word ripeness has a multitude of definitions, including a legal one. Focus on one or two and compose.
- Imagine plant-and-animal hybrids. Make a list of names and characteristics, or create a scene or stanza in which one of these entities plays a pivotal part.
- Write a memory, or scene, taking place in a garden, in a greenhouse, or on a farm.
- Consider the effects of UV light on indoor herb gardens. What would UV light do to your writing process? Alternatively, what naturally makes you break into blossom?
- Grasshoppers, neglect, toxic soil, or drought. Write about an element that stunts or halts growth, whether literal or metaphorical.
- Compose a scene in which flowers or other plants grow out of controland create chaos (or unexpected joy).
- Think of a fruit or vegetable that generates an evocative sensory memory for you when eaten at the peak of its seasonal ripeness. Write about it.
- Have you ever marked a wall to measure changes in height? Or put Xs on a calendar to mark progress? Consider a system you’ve used to track growth and let it inspire new writing.
[Photograph by Submittable team member Kelly Hart]