Double Dose of Inspiration: A Brick Wall and the Earliest Memory

This week we're posting writing prompts--an image or idea to inspire.

The first thing I came up with was this quote:

The ideal view for daily writing, hour on hour, is the blank brick wall of a cold-storage warehouse. Failing this, a stretch of sky will do, cloudless, if possible. --Edna Ferber (1887-1968)

So I give you...


Okay, seriously. One thing I'm doing in my WIP is spending a lot of time on my main character's earliest memory, and memory plays a huge part in the themes of the novel. It got me thinking about how we can put a lot of emotional emphasis on first memories. For instance, one of my friends has a first memory of spiders crawling all over her legs in the orphanage she was in. Another friend's first memory is of being on an airplane during a thunderstorm. Mine is of sitting at the foot of my bed and crying (I know, I know...depressing. Figures).

So the REAL prompt is this: what is your character's earliest memory? Write it out as a scene or a monologue. One of the bonuses of the monologue option is your character can talk about what the first memory means to him or her. Is it prophetic? Does it reveal something about his or her personality? Are first memories not even important to your character? Feel free to post in the comments--I'd love to read them!


Beth, I like the idea of mining your character's earliest memory. And, who among us hasn't seen that brick wall?

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