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Motivate Me! Writing Prompt

When you’ve been in one place for a long time, it becomes easy to pass by the same objects, places, and landscapes day after day until you cease to see them anymore.  They become part of our visual routine that we tune out like background noise.  Every once in a while, look around with fresh eyes, because even mundane things can spark our imaginations.

LewisWardrobeIn my recent interview with Renee Scattergood, I asked if the landscape of Australia where she lives inspired her book world.  She wrote: “…a lot of my ideas for the Dark Isle came from the wildlife here. There are no plants that will eat you, but we used to have a vine-like thing growing in our yard that had the largest thorns I’d ever seen. It kind of scared me because those things really hurt if they got you. I stepped on one once and my foot hurt for days. It was my inspiration for the bush that shoots the thorns at Auren in Episode 3, I think it was.”

Inspiration comes in surprising ways sometimes. Look what C.S. Lewis did with a family wardrobe. (Though I admit, it is pretty awesome looking–I went on a pilgrimage to Wheaton College to see it.  Of course I wanted to climb inside, but sadly there were signs…)

So here is the prompt:

Find something in your surroundings–your home, yard, or other nearby location–and let your imagination transform it from ordinary to fantastical. And if all you over-achievers out there want bonus points, write about it using mostly dialogue.



About weavingword

Allison D. Reid is a Christian Fantasy author with a fondness for Medieval history. Her first published series, the Wind Rider Chronicles, embraces traditional fantasy elements but is also infused with deeper spiritual themes. The first two books in the series, "Journey to Aviad" and "Ancient Voices: Into the Depths" can be found at Amazon and other online book retailers. "Journey to Aviad" is now FREE. Visit to learn more.

2 comments on “Motivate Me! Writing Prompt

  1. leeduigon
    March 30, 2015

    Does that closet give entrance to Narnia?


    • weavingword
      March 30, 2015

      I was really tempted to find out, but they had signs up saying not to climb into the wardrobe. From a boring adult perspective, I’m sure this is to protect the wardrobe and also reduce liability. But the little kid in me thinks maybe too many visitors climbed in and didn’t come back out again. I guess we’ll never know!


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