A few months ago, I signed up for daily writing prompts on www.sarahselecky.com. I needed some external inspiration… and reminders I ought to be writing. Although, it is aimed more at fiction writers, I find her prompts have helped me to get my brain chugging.
Often, she will send out prompts that ask you to write a scene with seemingly incongruent elements like yellow sports cars and fingerling potatoes. My first reaction is usually, “what? how?” Then my brain sets about answering those questions. My pen flies over the paper (by the way, her rule is you must write by hand in a notebook) and suddenly it all makes sense.
Today’s prompt was more of a challenge than a scene:
Write about something that is too sweet. Describe without using the word “sweet” (obviously.)
Write by hand, in your notebook for at least ten minutes.
This is what I wrote:
My eyes grew wide as I looked at the triple chocolate mousse that the server placed in front of me. It looked so pretty in a silver-trimmed piece of glass stemware. The deep dark brown confection was whipped about an inch above the rim of the glass. Shavings of more dark chocolate graced the top in fragrant curls.
I felt a pleasant tingle of anticipation as I picked the spoon and slid it into the dreamy dessert. I placed that first decadent spoonful into my mouth and closed my eyes to savor it. I was transported to chocolate heaven for a moment. Waves of pleasure radiated from my mouth to my belly as that first bite melted.
I eagerly scooped up another spoonful. The second bite was good but perhaps a bit too sugary. My teeth began to hurt with the third bite. A hard pit formed in my stomach. The luscious bit of cool deliciousness turned on me in my own my mouth. It seemed to be assaulting my taste buds with a thousand tiny arrows. I forced my new frenemy down with a big gulp of water. Slight nausea rose back up. I set my spoon down and pushed my plate away. I was done!
Blessings to all,