There is so much to do with this fun writing activity!
You can use this fun writing activity, much like you use triple decker writing prompts, to help you think of glorious new writing ideas.
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Not only does this fun writing activity allow you the chance to use personification words to highlight and justify the actions of non-human entities, but it allows you to take notice of the world around you through differing viewpoints and perspectives. Anything can be given feelings and emotions, and anyone can learn to identify with these emotions.
Take the movie Castaway, for example. Without giving the entire movie away, in case you haven't seen it, Tom Hanks' character is stuck on an island. He is alone, and, as all humans know, there is some need, at least for most people, for some sort of companionship in life. Hanks befriends a volleyball (yes, a volleyball!) and personifies it so much that it becomes something he talks to, argues with, and seeks solace in so he can maintain some level of sanity in the insane life he has been sucked into as the result of a plane crash. That volleyball delivers a profound amount of emotion through the movie. This level of personification and Hanks' character's ability to react in such ways that a human would react to another human, provides a level of depth and creativity in the movie that is wondrously appealing to watch.
This is just what this fun writing activity asks you to do. Take items that normally do not speak or react to life as it happens, and make them do those things. Make them convey happiness or sadness, love or animosity. Give them voices and qualities that are unique and special to only them. Make them come alive through personification and other creative wording you choose to use.
Test out some of these writing prompts to get started with your own version of this fun writing activity:
1. Ice cream cone melting on a hot summer day - write from the perspective of the ice cream cone
2. Book binding being split - from the perspective of the binding
3. Videotape being fast-forwarded - from the videotape's perspective
4. Couch being sat on - What is the couch feeling?
5. Flowers wilting - from the viewpoint of one or more flowers
6. Coffee getting cold - from the coffee's perspective
7. Light bulb flickering - How is the light bulb taking this?
8. Food getting eaten by ants - choose to be a certain food and write as if you are that food
9. Rags catching fire - from the perspective of the rags
10. Piano getting tuned - write from the viewpoint of the piano
11. Turkey getting stuffed - write from the perspective of the turkey
12. Boy being given a wedgie - from the perspective of the underpants
13. Electricity being disabled - from the electricity's viewpoint
14. Camera losing battery - How does the camera feel?
15. Plant not getting enough sun/water - from the perspective of the plant
16. Chocolate not getting eaten - Does the chocolate want to be eaten? Why or why not?
17. Movie not getting watched - Is the movie annoyed or glad to be given a break?
18. One room in the house being cut off from the furnace on a freezing day - from the room's perspective
19. Walls being drawn on with marker by four-year-old twins - The walls must hate this. Describe how they feel.
Think about the questions and perspectives above. Maybe you will describe what each item looks like, or give them voices that convey their fear or happiness. Allow them to have epiphanies that shine new light on how they might view the world. A cup of coffee, for example, might see the world as a cruel place where it only survives for a matter of minutes, and dies a cold death when someone fails to drink the last few sips of it, and it gets thrown into the sink, gasping for its last breaths of air before it is sucked into the drain that will make it one with all the other draining liquids.
Be creative. Be unique. Identify with the character you choose to write about, and do not forget that characters do not have to be humans. Take that notion out of your head and write about anything and everything you can. You will be creating a new method for breaking out of your writer's block by working on this fun writing activity.
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