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.”