2020 Writing Exercise Series #40: Ekphrastic Power Lines 4

The Notebooking Daily 2020 Writing Series is a daily writing exercises for both prose writers and poets to keep your creative mind stretched and ready to go—fresh for your other writing endeavors. The writing prompts take the impetus—that initial crystal of creation—out of your hands (for the most part) and changes your writing creation into creative problem solving. Instead of being preoccupied with the question "What do I write" you are instead pondering "How do I make this work?" And in the process you are producing new writing.

These exercises are not meant to be a standard writing session. They are meant to be productive and to keep your brain thinking about using language to solve simple or complex problems. The worst thing you can do is sit there inactive. It's like taking a 5 minute breather in the middle of a spin class—the point is to push, to produce something, however imperfect. If you don't overthink them, you will be able to complete all of the exercises in under 30 minutes.

Ekphrastic Power Lines 4

For today, we're going to write a poem or prose piece inspired by another piece of art, or an ekphrastic piece. The piece of art in question is this render by digital artist Wataboku.

No handholding today. Like the subject of this painting you're walking without a safety net. You can imagine yourself as her, as someone idolizing/building her up, it could be a magical realism memory or someone who is not of this world/with supernatural abilities allowing her to walk on those lines. Metaphor is your friend, look at the details like the birds, the hills mottling the ground, the ribbon her tie. You got this.

If you'd like background writing music try Tchaikovsky, Souvenir de Florence, op. 70
7th part (for double bass).