Saturday, July 23, 2011

Conversation With My Body

As summer winds down I am thinking about the shorts and bathing suits that have offered up a good, long look every day of my legs and arms, my hands and my feet.  I wonder . . . what if my body could talk?  What would it say as I slather it with suntan lotion, douse it in chlorinated pool water, listen to its heart beating late at night as I try to sleep?  What would be the sound of its voice?  Would it speak in a whisper, a grumble, a throaty contralto, a booming bass? 

Our writing prompt for the August 13 read-around at Wellington Square:  A Conversation With My Body.

This prompt is a chance to practice your skills at dialogue as you talk and your body answers.  Maybe you want this conversation to take place when you were a child; maybe now as you look back over the years, just you and your body.  Let the body become a character in the scene.  Does your body control you?  Define you? Love you?  Hate you?  Give it a name, describe it. 

As always, this is just a suggestion, a prompt that may lead down other paths.  And don't forget to take a deep breath before you start writing.  Your body will thank you for it!

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