“The individuated soul which has seen and participated most in truth shall come into its earthly birth as a philosopher, or artist, or some musical and loving nature.”
– Plato, Phaedrus
Welcome to the 8th episode of Creative Writings Tips. I am your host Jason Youngman. Today I would like to kick things off with a creative writing prompt. A writing prompt can consist of a simple topic question designed to help the writer enter into the writing process with ease. Ideally, it provides structure, focus and flexibility. Thus they are neither too broad nor too narrow to work with.
My writing prompt is about dating. The objective is to write a few short paragraphs describing yourself, knowing full well that a potential dating partner will find it and reach out to you. In other words write up a short bio about yourself that would attract your ideal companion. If by chance you are already with that person, then write it as though you have yet to meet him or her. Should you consider yourself too old for romance, then pretend that you are in your prime. Keep in mind this is meant to be a creative and playful activity.
Now before you break out your pen and paper, let’s go through my own write up as an example. This may help to provide some perspective, if not entertainment, and give you a rough idea of what the end product might look like. It is also my intention to comment on some aspects of my bio, which may help you shape your own draft.
The first paragraph reads like so: I am an INTJ who enjoys one on one conversation with good communicators. I am pretty much open to conversing about anything, including psychological, philosophical or spiritual ideas. If you know the difference between agape and eros without having to look it up then we’re probably good to go. 😉
So here in the first paragraph the foundation is laid and the parameters are set. The gate is narrow but there’s a whole lot of space for creative & constructive interaction. Let’s proceed into the next paragraph: One of my most meaningful objectives in life is…
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