2020 Writing Exercise Series #207: Ekphrastic Stray 12

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 Stray 12
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 fantastic painting called "Stray" by artist David Ambarzumjan frm his series "Brushstrokes in Time"

No handholding today. Is this a timeless entity seeing the two different times overlaid? Is it a painter seeing a vision of the past? Is this world somehow in flux between two different times? Is that the fox imagining the world he'd only been told of? Or imagining that future wasteland? Is that actually a good future somehow, the picture being intentionally misleading? What is it? You tell us, in the world of your poem, you're the one in charge. You have the authoritah. You got this.


If you'd like background writing music, try this "Road to the Dream" lofi mix.