Creativity boost: write a myth to explain . . .

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I discovered a fun creativity boost!  A big thank-you to my writing friend and blogging colleague Anne J of “I think, I say, I do” blog for mentioning the Writers Write website (writing courses in S. Africa).

 

20 Prompts for Writing Myths (click here to see all)

  1.  Write a myth to explain why the sun rises and sets.
  2. Write a myth to explain why leaves change colour.
  3. Write a myth to explain why the sky is blue.
  4. Write a myth to explain why we are born and why we die.

Do you use writing prompts for your work?  What is your favorite prompt?  Do you have a favorite myth or childhood story/fable?

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p.s.  Thanks to fellow blogger Dahlia for noticing a text error in my Haunted Wedding Dresses – part 5 (published yesterday).The post has been updated to correct the mistake (duplicated text).

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Update:  If you’d like to write more of your own myths, here is the complete list of  “20 Prompts for Writing Myths” (from writerswrite.co.za):

  1. Write a myth to explain why the sun rises and sets.
  2. Write a myth to explain why leaves change colour.
  3. Write a myth to explain why the sky is blue.
  4. Write a myth to explain why we are born and why we die.
  5. Write a myth to explain why the grass is green.
  6. Write a myth to explain where human beings came form.
  7. Write a myth to explain why birds fly and fish swim.
  8. Write a myth to explain thunder.
  9. Write a myth to explain lightning.
  10. Write a myth to explain why Tsunamis happen.
  11. Write a myth to explain why it snows.
  12. Write a myth to explain why flowers lose their leaves (petals?).
  13. Write a myth to explain why snakes have no legs.
  14. Write a myth to explain where we go when we die.
  15. Write a myth to explain why volcanoes erupt.
  16. Write a myth to explain why the moon changes shape.
  17. Write a myth to explain how bees got their stings.
  18. Write a myth to explain why droughts happen.
  19. Write a myth to explain why people are different colours.
  20. Write a myth to explain the tides.

 

9 thoughts on “Creativity boost: write a myth to explain . . .

  1. Always my pleasure my dear friend! I am always happy to return the inspiration you give me.

    As you know, prompts help me a lot with my creativity these days. This next challenge sounds like a big one. Hopefully, I can come up with at least one or two myths. We have a lot in the Philippines but sadly having lived in Africa for more than half my life and because of the pressure to be “modern” and sophisticated (haha!), I have buried the stories of long ago. I will have to dig deep in the wooden chest. 🙂

    One favorite I have not forgotten is the myth (legend) of the pineapple. Short story: a girl was quite lazy and one day her mother asked her to get something for her. She was too lazy to look for it so the mother wished that she would grow a lot of eyes so she could see. Later one, the mother couldn’t find her daughter but outside, in the yard, she found a new plant growing. When it bore fruit, it was the pineapple with those “eyes”. 🙂

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    1. I have always wanted to do more with myths in my writing, but I have struggled with how to connect to a myth or to use a myth in a story. I think that’s why I was attracted to these prompts! In the past few months also, I have started a collection of re-told myths I’m calling “The Little Book of Fables” – I’ve got a story on Medusa (in modern times), and I’m working now on a re-telling of Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves (from the cave’s point of view). Glad to hear you’re thinking of these too! 🙂

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      1. Oh fabulous! You’ve been productive and accumulating stories. 😄 That’s really great.
        As soon as my WIPs are completed stories, I will embark on a new retelling. You know which one I really like? Midsummer night’s dream. 😊

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