Writing Prompt #12

This summer we’ve used writing prompts to kick-start our imaginations and get the creative synapses firing. But how do you find inspiration in normal, everyday life?

To answer that question, I look to Calvin and Hobbs.

Calvin is an average boy who lives in a typical house in a normal neighborhood. His family is unremarkable. His life is unremarkable. But in his own mind…well, that’s a different story!

His stuffed tiger is very much alive to Calvin. He is mischievous and sassy and carries on full-blown conversations.

His teacher is not merely an educational tyrant. She’s an alien monster intent on sucking out his brains!

The snowmen Calvin builds in his yard unnerve the neighbors by depicting bizarre scenarios.

Calvin manages to find adventure in the mundane. In fact, it is BECAUSE his life is so boring that Calvin invents new ways of perceiving things that are infinitely more interesting.

This week, focus on the very normal aspects of your life and deliberately disregard the most logical explanation for the way things are. Instead, experiment with other explanations that are perhaps a bit off-beat.

…but you might want to clue someone in that it’s an assignment so they won’t just think you’ve been out in the sun too long. 😉

About Lynn Dean

Lynn Dean dictated her first story before she could write and continued to write stories, illustrate them, and bind them into books throughout childhood. As a homeschooling mom, she enjoyed passing a love for writing to her own children and ten years of co-op students.

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