Thursday, March 24, 2011

Creative Writing Prompts Inspired by a Mix of Tennessee Williams and Elizabeth Taylor

This picture is from CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, the play by Tennessee Williams.  And you will see Elizabeth Taylor who starred in the movie version which Williams "despised."  Because it is the anniversary of the play's debut in 1955, and because we just lost Elizabeth Taylor yesterday, well that's why the prompts are what they are today.  And you don't need to know the play to do the prompts, so here they are:

Prompt 1:  A line from the show spoken by the character Mae is "It was the punch bowl, Honey, the cut-glass punch bowl."

Write from the prompt:  Cut-glass punch bowl.

Prompt 2:  The character Dr. Baugh says, " Sometimes I wish I had a pill to make people disappear."

If you had a pill that could make anything you wanted to disappear, what would it be and why?  Write about it.

Prompt 3:  Here is a quote by Tennessee Williams:
"When I stop working the rest of the day is posthumous. I'm only really alive when I'm writing."
Write about how writing makes you feel alive.  This could be a short essay or a poem.
Fiction Prompt: 
And Tennessee Williams also said, "Luck is believing you're lucky."
Start a story where a character finds some kind of good luck charm and write how good luck comes along to help your character solve the conflict her or she is facing.

Poetry Prompt:

One of my favorite quotes by Williams is from his play STREET CAR NAMED DESIRE.  It is spoken by Blanche, and Elizabeth Taylor played Blanche in the movie version of this famous show.

"I have always depended on the kindness of strangers." 

Write a poem in third person about an act of kindness.

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