INSPIRATIONS Starters for Ten Week 6

In this last of the Starters for Ten writing prompts series*,  K. M. Lockwood suggests a little introspection.

This time, it is all about you.

I'm not advocating creating a 'brand' or any other kind of corporate image. Instead, these ten-minute exercises are a way to explore/confirm who you are. Knowing that may help your 'voice', strengthen your commitment and bring gasps of admiration from friends and family. Probably. At least some fun and a sense of authenticity.

You know the rules - write for ten minutes without editing.

1. Big up your bio

Make a silly or a serious CV
Think of any roles you've had.
Be specific.
Make them as outrageous, camp or glamorous as you like.
Anything from Milk Monitor at St Mary's Infants to Guardian of the Snuffly Blanket.

Photo by Henry Hustava on Unsplash ( I wanted to be a Knight since I was five or so)

2. Ambitions

What or who did you want to be as a child?
What about as a teen?
Any vocations/ jobs suggested to you?
As usual, be as dull, daft or downright dangerous as you like.

Hobs bring my ideas over the moors

3. FAQS part I

Where do you get your ideas from?
Chart all the possibilities in as much detail as you like - from art galleries to zoos.
Who brings them to you? (If you want to get metaphorical/humorous)

Books - where else? Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

4. FAQs part II

Who are your influences?
Who do you read/listen to/watch?
Be as truthful or bonkers or both as you wish.

5. Muse

Your Muse (divine spirit of inspiration) would be/is . . .
Describe their appearance, smell, sounds, weather, behaviours, symbols - anything you'd like.
You could doodle if you wanted.
Where and when and how do you meet?

Well, there's a surprise - the sea! Photo by Alex Perez on Unsplash

6. Themes

What topics fascinate you?
What's on the back burner, what are your dream commissions?
What types of characters or settings or styles do you find yourself creating or drawn to?

Photo by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash

7.  Drawing the line

What won't/can't you do? Where won't you go in terms of genre, topics, length, style, age-range . . .
Why not?

Photo by John Jennings on Unsplash

Sources of prompts you might like:
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Featured image: Pen, Watch, Paper by Eduardo Olszewski via Unsplash 

K. M. Lockwood writes, reads and edits in The Garret.  
Once downstairs, she runs a tiny writer-friendly B&B/retreat or wanders off looking for sea-glass on the Sussex coast.
Twitter: @lockwoodwriter

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