Monday, April 4, 2016

Inspired By Prompt: Nanoism #683

Inspired By: For today's prompt read the following short piece (it will always be something quite short, we don't have all day to work on writing, wouldn't that be awesome?) and take inspiration from it. Whether you like specific words, character names, you like the setting, the general plot structure, you want to use that piece as a sort of prequel or perhaps something in the piece irks you or you really disagree with it and you want to respond in a lyric or narrative fashion. Whatever strikes you strongest in what you read (read it twice if you have a chance), grab it and run with it.

The point of our notebooking daily prompts isn't necessarily to create a fully formed piece but to not let ourselves get bogged down in details and to just write. This will generate usable tidbits, unique sentences or ideas, and sometimes, indeed, an actual piece.

Today's inspiration: Nanoism #683 by Sean Vivier (19 words)

This piece of micro fiction (or flash fiction, or if you prefer, a Nanoism [140 characters or fewer]) is a great example of minimalism. Vivier wrote a character study in 19 words by boiling the character down to a personal motto and the outside opinion that somewhat undercuts the impression of that motto. Perhaps you want to take a character and boil them down to a favorite phrase and explain in very few words why they are the antithesis of that phrase. Perhaps you want to use this character as inspiration for your own villain/anti-villain/character to set in a situation of your own imagining. Perhaps you want to write a lyric piece meditating upon such a hated character or minimalism or maybe even something unrelated that you'd had in your head, just knock it out, and maybe keep brevity and terseness of phrasing in mind while writing.

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