Creative writing just takes a little inspiration

Sunday , March 11, 2018 - 12:00 AM

CAMI CRIMIN
TX. Correspondent

I don’t know about you, but I really love to write. Problem is, aside for this newspaper, I don’t have any excuse to do any creative writing.

I’m not planning on publishing a bestselling novel. I’m not taking a class. I’m CERTAINLY not going to write a story to read my FAMILY.

But lately I’ve discovered you don’t need an excuse to write. You can do it for fun, even if it’s just in a spiral notebook and it doesn’t make any sense. You just need some inspiration.

That being said, here are three of the best creative-writing prompts out there, and my take on all of them. Take a look at what you can do.

1. Write about someone eavesdropping on a conversation in a cafe and hearing what sounds like a heist plan. What do they decide to do about it?

John could see the man with the steely eyes and dark hair sitting by the window once again. He was always there, and so was she; the woman with the stern, catlike eyes and alert stance. They spoke in hurried whispers and kept to themselves, only interacting with the brunette waitress who served them.

It was clear that they wanted to keep their business private, but John knew what was going on; he knew whatever they had planned was going to happen in less than an hour, and he anxiously tapped his fingers on the smooth lacquered wood of the booth table.

He was going to stop whatever scheme they had been planning for the past few weeks.

No matter what it took.

2. Write not about love at first sight, but about an awful first impression someone has of their soulmate:

Alice stood on the curb, completely silent, her mouth slightly ajar, dirty water dripping down her face and arms, and off of her hair and nose. She was in a state of complete shock. Who drove like that?

For Pete’s sake it was a SCHOOL PARKING LOT. The speed limit was 10 miles per hour and he had been going at least 30. His right front wheel had sent the disgusting gutter water spraying in her direction before she could even comprehend what had happened.

Now, he was standing next to her saying something. His voice was masked by the heavy rain pounding against the sidewalk. Alice snapped her head toward him and spat, “What do you want?”

He looked at her, shocked, and repeated, “Are you all right?” He had bright hazel eyes and curly brown hair. His nose was long and straight, and he had a square jaw. She hated to say it, but he was cute. The genuine concern in his eyes softened her anger and she responded, “Aside from being soaked in gutter water, I’m OK.”

The corner of his mouth turned up in a smile. “I’m Lincoln. It’s nice to meet you.” She laughed. “I’m Alice, and I would say that in this situation, I’d rather not have met you.”

3. Write about the most beautiful place you can imagine:

Hidden deep within towering green mountains and rolling hills sits a pond. Tall pine trees surround the calm water, towering above. Fluffy gray clouds fill the sky, and cool rain hits the surface of the mirror-like pond.

A large boulder sits a few feet from the water’s edge. A path leads into the forest, and in a small space which opens up to the sky, small ponds filled with tiny frogs ripple. In the center, there is a larger pond, the water itself completely masked by a canopy of lily pads. Everything is silent save the occasional clap of thunder and the small drops of rain falling. The space is completely secluded, untouched by people.

There you have it — three different writing prompts you can use to spark your imagination. You’ve read my examples but now you can give them your own twist.

It doesn’t take long to create some writing, and it really is an enjoyable thing to do. So get out there and give it a try!

Cami Crimin is a junior at Northridge High School. She loves to write, draw, paint and cook, and finds true crime super interesting (nothing too gory, though, because that’s gross). Email her at doctorwho528491@gmail.com.

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