2020 Writing Exercise Series #61: Ekphrastic Guardian 6

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 Guardian 6

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 piece of digital art called "The guardian of the Shimazu family" by artist Anato Finnstark. To buy her prints check out her Redbubble store here.

No handholding today. Like the subject of this painting you're all on your own. Are you writing from the perspective of the woman, someone seeing the man behind her (or is he metaphoric)? Is she actually alone or is that 'guardian' some sort of demon, mythical warrior or beast or somewhere in between? Lots to work with. You got this.

If you'd like background writing music try this 1976 Japanese Jazz-fusion album: Hiromasa Suzuki's "High-Flying".