Unlock the Muse – May 21, 2019

It’s Tuesday again. Time for a little inspiration and some renewed energy for writing. The trees are thick with leaves. Spring showers are inspiring lawns and soccer fields to grow thick. The cottonwoods are shedding, sending their fluffy little hopefuls out into the wilds of the city. Hopefully, the deep winter of research is likewise about to result in spring-like productivity on our current projects, whatever they may be.

Here’s your writing prompt for this week:

Look for an interesting or unusual story in this week’s Sunday paper. Write a fiction piece using this as inspiration.

Inspiration is all around us, just waiting to be noticed. Don’t usually get the Sunday paper? Borrow one from a neighbor (but be sure to return it!). Or find a nearby newsstand and buy a copy. Browse the headlines, read the obituaries, check out the sports page, and don’t forget the horoscopes. Find something that grabs your attention. Now write about it.

As a bonus, maybe you’ll find a great coupon for a favorite local eating establishment. After you write your piece, go and treat yourself!


The systematic investigation into and study of materials and sources in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions.

The word research dates back to the 1570s, from the Middle French recerche, “act of searching closely.” It comes from the intensive prefix re- + cercher “to seek for,” related to the Latin circare, meaning to “go about, wander, traverse.”

Happy wandering!

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