Sometimes, finding inspiration is just above your head.
Remember those relaxing summer afternoons? The days at the park when you stretched out on a blanket and watched the clouds go by? Some created a wonderland of new worlds. Others looked like characters out of a fairy tale book.
One day, I took my camera outside right before a storm to see what I could capture. Instead of storm clouds, I saw the head of a dragon, a poodle, a chariot being pulled by horses, and much more. I would never have noticed these things if I had not taken the time to look up.
As we get older, homework and responsibilities often increase. We don’t take the time to cloud gaze — to dream. Or perhaps we have time, but think it’s silly. But sometimes the best ideas come from what is so familiar to us, those things we see every single day.
WRITING PROMPT: Take some time out to cloud gaze this week. Allow your mind to morph clouds and shadows into something else. Write down in a notebook what characters and imaginary lands you see. Wait a few days, then go back to what you’ve written and write a story using one of more of those characters or lands.