Thursday, 19 April 2007

Someone Else's Prompts

I was beaten to it again, today. Here is a list of prompts by another BCer.

If you read this set and "love them" or read it and go "Duh!", if this set is very different (positively or negatively) from the other sets that have been posted, ask WHY.

I think the answer is an important one.

Some sets of prompts just energise, lift, expand, inspire, tease, make the head fiunny; others are just words. Yet they are all posted by writers with serious writing ability, good brains. SO WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

What is qualitatively different between a good set of prompts (good for you, ie they connect to YOUR insides) and a set that someone else loves but leaves you dead from the neck up?

This takes us back to Dorothea Brande's observations about "connection" and psychological relevance.



A Child Called Thursday

At the violet hour, when the eyes and back
Turn upward from the desk

Jewish Mother Syndrome

Moving Home

Hearts at peace, under an English heaven

The Hammers

Matilda told such Dreadful Lies

Carrying the Can

Cherry pits and peach kernels

There was once a road through the woods
Before they planted the trees

A certain shade of green

Little Selves

Ready to die, but not sick enough

What's black and hairy and goes up and down?

Young matador gored

Toto to fix buttock-scorching bidets

Calling a Spade a Spade

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