Friday, August 5th, 2011

Writing Prompt – Water, Water Everywhere…

Sunset over the Pacific OceanHot summer days always make me think of cooling off in the ocean. I love racing through the shifting sand, and the sound of my slapping feet on the hard-packed grains by the water. That first dive over a rolling breaker into the ocean is the best.

I prefer the ocean over a swimming pool because it feels alive. The texture of the water is different, the smell, the sound. I especially love it on a windy day, when you can hear the blown grains of sand hissing as they slide over each other, propelled by the gusts.

I love writing by the ocean. It’s inspiring, even if what I’m writing has nothing to do with water or the beach. There’s just something about the atmosphere that sends my muse into overdrive.

It’s hot today, and I’m thinking about the ocean…but I know a lot of folks don’t get supercharged like I do about it. So, today’s prompt is about water. I’ve listed several ideas to get your started…

Here’s Your Prompt:

  • Write about the ocean. Write about high tide, or low tide, or neap tide. Tell us about when the water reached your thighs, or your waist, or your neck. Write about something that washed up onto the shore.(Well, I had to at least list it, right?)
  • Write about a river, a pool, a stream, a swamp. Write about river rocks, uneven footing, slipping into a deep hole, diving into the deep end, learning to swim, the smell of the bog, or swamp people.
  • Write about being in a safe harbor, in hot water, a mile above sea level, or something that won’t hold water.
  • Write about singing in the rain, taking a bath, or rubber-de-duckies.
  • What if you found you could suddenly hold your breath for long periods of time underwater? What if you found you could breath water?
  • Perhaps you’re more inspired by quotations…
    • “Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink.” (From Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
    • “As water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again.” (From The Old Testament: 2 Samuel Chapter xiv. Verse 14.)
    • “For water continually dropping will wear hard rocks hollow…” (From Of the Training of Children, Plutarch)
    • “Love in a hut, with water and a crust, Is—Love, forgive us!—cinders, ashes, dust.” (From Lamia. Part ii., John Keats)

4 comments to Writing Prompt – Water, Water Everywhere…

  • Charlie

    Happy Birthday!!!!

    • Thank you! (Did you really remember, or did you just see my FB post??)

      Point of note: I decided this afternoon that I’m officially postponing my BD until next Monday. The weekend and today (except for the Ghost Tour with the Husband of Awesome™) have been truly crapola. I need a BD do-over! SO: Wish me happy then! 😉 )

  • Charlie

    Yes, I remembered because I did your horoscope many years ago.
    ok, I’ll give you a few days. Too bad for the crapola fest.

    What is a Ghost Tour?

    • Hi Charlie!

      We went on a walking tour of Old Frederick and were regaled with lots of nifty ghost stories. Lots of fun! We’re thinking of repeating the experience in October when the atmosphere will be even better.

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