Last week I posted about writing prompts. As a comparison, here are some "prompts" suggested by the literary magazine Hawk and Handsaw: The Journal of Creative Sustainability:
1. Consider these words: imagine, create, sustain. Stir well: create able, sustain image. Add ask, learn, try. Then heart, worth, good.
2. Post Thoreau’s reminder: “the cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.”
3. Ask, what’s real? The problem, limits, available energies?
4. Ask, what matters? What do we need? What is worth wanting?
5. Toss the rules. If you need them, they’ll show up again.
6. Wander. Dream. Mull. Unfocus. Take walks in places where you don’t have to pay attention—but where moments of attention reward you with surprise or pleasure. Collect insights, both blinding and fleeting. Let them grow.
7. Use your left brain. Then your right. Left. Right. Left, right.
8. Ask, what will feed my energy, mind, heart, imagination, play?
9. Assemble a team of doers. Talk, eat and drink together, have fun.
10. "Do something. Take a break. Do something more.”
-SueEllen Campbell, author of Bringing the Mountain Home.
Any of these ring your bells? Well, if they do, Hawk and Handsaw opens for submissions on August 1. Get to it!