Since I finished my manuscript, I’ve been literarily adrift about what to write. It would help if I had a theme–I just can’t think of one good enough to sustain my interest.
My writing group’s current theme is the Zodiac, and I can’t tell you how uniteresting the Zodiac becomes when one has to sit down and write a poem based on what sign we’re currently in. Part of that has to be because in general, I don’t give much thought to the Zodiac. Maybe the Chinese Zodiac would have been a better topic–at least that’s full of animals, and writing about animals can be a good prompt. Sure, sure, the general Zodiac has a few animals–Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Leo, maybe a few more I’m not thinking about, but those are much later in the year–well, not Pisces, that’s what we’re in right now. But what do I have to say about a fish? I’m not Marianne Moore.
A book of writing prompts could be useful, but I am not often happy with what I produce when I use them. Not to mention, writing prompts generate many disparate kinds of poems without a central theme… and it’s the theme I am looking for. After all, I have to find the next focus so I can start on the next book. I would really prefer it doesn’t take me another four years to write one (like it took me to write this one).
Still, if any of you out there reading this have any suggestions of good writing prompt-y kinds of books, could you leave me a comment?