Unlock the Muse – May 30, 2018

Spring is in full bloom. Flowers, butterflies, baby birds. Rising temperatures and allergies. The writing is moving along slowly, and maybe I’ve got a touch of spring fever. I am easily distracted with shiny new ideas.

Here is your writing prompt for this week:

If I could metamorphose like a butterfly, I’d like to hatch as a …”

This past week, my youngest son’s kindergarten class released their butterflies that they watched grow from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. You’re about to be released into the world as a new you. What have you become?

Maybe it’s only fitting that this week’s passage from Brian Kiteley’s 3 A.M. Epiphany is titled “Shy.” I have two shy children, but they are both shy in different ways.

Pit two children against one another in a friendly battle. One child literally cannot speak nor interact with adults. The other child can only speak with adults, but clams up completely with other children. Both children, in other words, are selectively shy. An adult should be the third wheel in this simple dance, although the adult will not play a major role. Sprinkle throughout this piece words that sound like shy, but don’t use the word itself. Choose one POV—one of these two children. Use the first-person pronoun. 600 words.

It’s bonus Wednesday! And that means it’s play time! Here’s a little inspiration from Rory’s Story Cubes:


Happy writing!

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