Monday Motivation

Three electrifying writing prompts to inspire you at the start of each week. If you write something you like, send your work to us at thewhalesubmissions@gmail.com. 


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1. Imagine a passageway between states of being. How do you find this portal? Once you’ve gone through it, is it possible to go back?

3. Suppose, as in the below passage from Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, that a place or object is your main subject instead of a person. What is the life of an object? How are objects connected to the immaterial plane? Who narrates the life of an object?

So with the house empty and the doors locked and the mattresses rolled round, those stray airs, advance guards of great armies, blustered in, brushed bare boards, nibbled and fanned, met nothing in bedroom or drawing-room that wholly resisted them but only hangings that flapped, wood that creaked, the bare legs of tables, saucepans and china already furred, tarnished, cracked. What people had shed and left — a pair of shoes, a shooting cap, some faded skirts and coats in wardrobes — those alone kept the human shape and in the emptiness indicated how once they were filled and animated; how once hands were busy with hooks and buttons; how once the looking-glass had held a face; had held a world hollowed out in which a figure turned, a hand flashed, the door opened, in came children rushing and tumbling; and went out again. Now, day after day, light turned, like a flower reflected in water, its sharp image on the wall opposite. Only the shadows of the trees, flourishing in the wind, made obeisance on the wall, and for a moment darkened the pool in which light reflected itself; or birds, flying, made a soft spot flutter slowly across the bedroom floor.

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3. Birds are dinosaurs. What other common object, animal, or person is prehistoric?

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