Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Chorus for the night time

Well its hump day, you know what that means, don't you??

 It's time for Write On Wednesday!
This week we have an exercise based on a photo by Kristy at House of Prowse. Kristy took the photo above, emailed it to me and suggested we use it as a starting point for a  writing prompt. I thought it was a fabulous idea, especially as it will provide a huge challenge for me. I'm not a visual person at all. But I'm determined to give it a go...

The Write On Wednesday Rules: Feel free to get creative with the writing exercises - there isn't a right or wrong. Please do try to visit the other members of Write On Wednesdays and leave a comment. You can grab the button for Write On Wednesdays from my sidebar.

Write On Wednesdays Exercise 7 - Sit under a tree and write: Find yourself a quiet spot. Set a timer for 5 minutes. Take a look at Kristy's Tree Photo. Write the first words that come into your head. Keep writing whatever comes into your head. Stop when the buzzer rings. Do this exercise over and over if you wish. If like me, you struggle with visual prompts, perhaps try sitting under a tree to write. I have heard that changing your usual writing place can spark new inspiration. Try it and see. Do both if you please!
I enjoyed this exercise quite a lot and I actually ended up doing it twice, the second time it went an hour over the time frame and somehow turned into a children's picture book, currently without the pictures...
 I wont share it here right now, but it is called 'The Oak Tree That Didn't Lose His Leaves' inspired by nothing other than an oak tree that hasn't lost its leaves this winter... go figure, lol.
The first one which I have put here today is a really short observation piece I did late last night.
Chorus for the night time.
Out here, the heart of the bush is a healing spiritual place, the cold night air so still and silent that its’ piercing nothingness resonates in your ears getting louder and louder, until it is broken, suddenly by the distant sound of a frog calling for his mate.
As I sit alone in the dark I feel whole, at one with the Earth that surrounds me. The grey ghostly shadow of an owl passes by, descending and almost appearing to hover for a moment as it picks up its prey with its long talons and moving on without a sound. Nature, raw & beautiful.

Yep, that's it. Oh well, I'm glad I got the picture book idea out, might be able to turn it into gifts for little family members when I finally decide to start the "Buy Nothing New Challenge"!
Head over to Gill's awesome blog 'Ink Paper Pen' if you havn't already, and link yourself up to Write On Wednesday!


Anonymous said...

This is a very atmospheric piece. The children's book sounds like a great idea.

Lene said...

You've created quite a haunting and evocative scene here. I really enjoyed it.

Can't wait to hear more about this children's book!

House of Prowse said...

Owls are so clever, maybe there is a story there too between a frog and an owl.

InkPaperPen said...

I like the bit about the owl, simple but quite beautiful. I could picture it perfectly.

How exciting about your children's story! A whole hour over the time frame? Fantastic work


Sarah Mac said...

You paint a very vivid picture, really liked this.

Sif said...

I love the loud silence that resonates and is broken! I could feel the pressure of it in my ears!

Anonymous said...

I love the owl's shadow moving across the dark night. Very evocative. Nice one. :)