Joy: Crunching leaves underfoot on a bracing fall day.
Prompt: A deaf woman cannot hear, and a blind man cannot see. Imagine if you lost all sense of touch, completely. What would life be like?
What if you were born this way?
Yes, those are new watermelon sprouts, from seeds buried in May.
Joy: Petting a dog just right so that its leg starts kicking.
Prompt: You go to work tomorrow and are fired the moment you walk in the door. Are you prepared? What next? Allow yourself to take advantage of the situation.
Joy: Lighting a fire with pinecones and matches.
Prompt: You are 40 years older than you are now, perhaps very old. You visit a national park on vacation with family but step out along the path a ways- something caught your eye. A lost child is there. You cannot tell which way the path lies now. Continue.
Joy: The first vivid, wonderful smell experienced after quitting smoking.
Prompt: Write about a seemingly impossible task as it is accomplished.
Joy: propping your feet up at the end of a long day.
Prompt: Think of a coping skill you use fairly often, like playing dumb or deep breathing. Think of a time this created a humerous situation and write about it. Convey the humor as clearly as possible.
(Hi, little stick bug hitchhiker!)
Joy: Cresting hills while driving fast.
Prompt: Imagine a common-yet-unachieved human dream, like Superman style flight. Realize this dream in a very “Earthy” or realist character. What aspects were unforeseen? How does this change a person?