Our first prompt will focus on a photograph. To begin, choose a photograph of yourself, preferably in print.
In preparation for this piece, we will start with a short memory-jogging exercise.
Firstly, write a list of everything you see in the photograph: no detail is too small. Keep a record of this.
Next, write a list of everything you cannot see. What is beyond the boundaries of the photo, just outside of the frame? Who is there, who took the photo? What does it smell like? What was the weather like (ect.)? No detail is too small. Keep a record of this, too.
Next, write what you think must have been going on in your head during the specific period of your life the photo depicts. Who were you? What were your relations with others? What was life like? What made you happy or sad? What did you want? How are you different now? (Ect.)
Finally, write a nonfiction piece in poetry or prose, that springs from the lists you have created for the exercise. It need not have a direct plot, but should utilize poetic language. Paint a picture of you and your life for us, here in our first prompt together. Share it in the comments below!
(This first prompt was inspired by my first creative nonfiction professor, a dear and lovely woman named K.T.)