February 1, 2011

Filthy Writing Prompt

Was one of your new year's resolutions to write more?  And have you been living up to the promise?  If you've been having trouble finding the time to scribble, take five minutes right now and have some fun on the page.

Here's the exercise:

You are helping your boyfriend transport his paintings from one studio to another.  There are several oil paintings in the backseat of your car.  You are alone.  And you can't stop thinking about the boyfriend's disclosure that morning: he had an affair.  And here you are like a huge sucker helping him move his paintings anyway?  You sort of snap, dislocate from reason.  You see a gas station and decide to go through the car wash with your windows rolled down to ruin the bastard's paintings.

Write the crazy moment when the car is actually getting doused with soap and water, and let your reader in on the wild thought process.  How does the character feel as the "baptism" goes on?

Have fun and happy writing,

PS: Would you like to read a new short story of mine?  Here it is.

PPS: Today is my mom's birthday.  Happy birthday, good looking.  It was great seeing you last month.