It seems to me – in my small freezing corner of the Western Hemisphere – that the world is snowed under this winter. I won’t go into that idea as a metaphor, but at least in a literal way everyone I know is dealing with snowy sidewalks and frozen anti-freeze (I know! It isn’t supposed to happen).
The remedy is writing. But you knew I was going to say that.
This month I have been working on a translation of an art book. It’s been both a headache and a pure joy. The joy part of it has involved looking up paintings and sculptures on the internet and this gave me an idea for this month’s writing prompt:
Get your blank page or your work-in-progress ready. Now pick an art museum, any art museum – MOMA, The Tate, The Art Institute of Chicago. Think big, or think small. Go to the museum website and either do a random search or start browsing their collections. Find a painting. (Try to do this quickly if you can, otherwise you may be stuck in a glorious rabbit hole) It doesn’t have to be a painting you know or even love. It can even be a statue. But look at it.
I MEAN REALLY LOOK AT IT.
Steal something from the painting and use it to start writing, or integrate what you’ve stolen into your work-in-progress. This can be an object from the painting, or it can be an emotion. Just connect the two. However it works, however it doesn’t work. Get writing.