Prompt for January 22 – Virtual Barat House

It just wants love

Make a list of images that represent fears (a creepy doll, for instance). As you imagine encountering one of those images (the creepy doll comes to life . . .), also imagine embodying the image that inspires fear (be the doll!).

Use the prompt to inspire your work in any form (poetry or prose; fiction of any genre; creative nonfiction, essay, or memoir).

Log into our virtual meeting at 1pm for readings and discussion.

A note about the prompt

This is from Craft in the Real World: Rethinking Fiction Writing and Workshopping by Matthew Salesses (Catapult 2021). Salesses offers an exercise on voice through reflection on what we fear, and on how we inspire fear. He provides a personal example of his fear of dolls, imagining “a doll that comes to life and just wants love—but creepily.”