Welcome to Writing Prompt Pit Stop! The last five weeks we’ve been dealing with the five senses and how they work into writing by helping us be more aware of our surroundings and how we recreate those images in our writing. Your senses and images will always play a huge role in any good, energetic piece of creative writing. With that said we’re going to move on to just some good old fashion prompt ideas, but not forgetting to use our keen sense of observation.
We live in a culture that is all about fame. For me it started out when I was in 2nd grade and a small group called The Beatles appeared on Ed Sullivan. I was hooked. Then as I continued growing older I was aware of how much attention got paid to all of these musicians, whether they be solo acts like Janis Joplin or Neil Diamond, or other groups such as The Monkees, Sonny and Cher, or The Doors.
Now we have television shows devoted to becoming famous singers, first it was American Idol, and we have offshoots like The Voice and America’s Got Talent. Another avenue to fame was to be on a popular TV show such as The Mod Squad, or Mary Tyler Moore, Cosby, Saved by the Bell, etc. Then somewhere along the way our culture has gotten obsessed with people that are famous for being famous – Paris Hilton comes to mind, and then of course The Kardashians.
I’ve mentioned before that I’m working on a poetry memoir that deals with my childhood. In that manuscript I’ve got several poems that play off of this idea of being “famous,” in some way. I have a poem “I Wanted to Be a Beatle” that is a crowd pleaser when I share it at readings, and my poem “At Grandma’s House” that was included in Ichabod’s Sketchbook, has a stanza in there about my cousin, Gina, pretending to be Julie, and me always being Pete, from The Mod Squad. Obviously, this fame thing was something as a child that I aspired to…and I venture to guess that all of you have some similar stories as well. So with this in mind, here is your thirteenth prompt:
1) Sit down with your daybook and write about a time that you wanted to be famous. Who did you want to be? Maybe it wasn’t a specific person, but maybe there was a profession that you knew would make you famous: An astronaut, an artist, a writer, president, a fireman, etc. You may have daydreamed about more than one, and that’s okay – write about them all. Take 10 minutes and write on one, or until you’ve exhausted that topic. Then do the same with another, until you have plenty of writings to work with.
2) Take a character that you’re working with in a story, flesh out a time in that character’s life when they wanted to be famous. This can give you some depth into a character that you didn’t even realize was there. Again, think of your character and then write on this for 10 minutes or until you can’t think of anything else.
3) Now with your writings from 1 & 2 in hand, take some time and decide what you want to utilize – is this a fiction piece, a poem, etc. and then write that. You might even mix it up a bit and try it in another genre you don’t normally work with. Give yourself permission to play!
4) After you’ve written that poem, or one of the other genres – see what you can do to pare down, or add to your work (if needed), and then as always: revise, revise, revise…and when you think you’re done revising…do it one more time!
As with the other prompts, I believe you will find that this works well with whatever genre you choose!
As with all writing, “Chasing Fame” should be fun! And I remind you that if you ever want to share any successes or attempts that you get from these prompts, don’t hesitate to let me know. You can contact me here.
Look for another prompt next Wednesday! Until then, keep writing!