Can I admit, the comics and graphic stories here were my favorites?
The Creativity Project is a book that teacher/book lover Colby Sharpe put together under the auspices of a brilliant idea: What if he asked published children book creators to come up with writing prompts and then what if he shuffled the prompts, and sent them back out to the writers/illustrators and asked them to write the story from the prompt?
He did. They did. It’s wonderful.
The book itself is a collection of the 44 creative writing prompts — some serious, some pure whimsey — and the resulting 44 stories — some serious, some whimsical. Did I mention that I loved the graphic story responses the best? They just pulled me right in, as I thought about the prompt that sparked the story.
A loose floorboard in an old aunt’s house. An eavesdropping story. An anagram challenge. The guy next door. Object animation. A poem about words. Dog translation app.
Some of the prompts are mere images to be deciphered. Some are one-liners. Others are story starters. They run the gamut, which makes reading The Creativity Project so much fun because you find yourself connecting the prompt with the story and this causes the reader to think on the gap between the two — how did the writer end up there?
And then … here’s the beautiful part … the writers also contributed even more prompts, with no stories, with a call to us — the readers — to write our own pieces from new prompts at the end of the book. I love that part of the book — the invitation to write.
And so … I take the plunge … I found this prompt by Margarita Engle …
each whir of wings helps me feel
earthbound and dazzled
— a poem prompt by Margarita Engle (p. 231)
My response (I went from hummingbird to butterfly):
I am forever
long for this world,
my wings barren of dust
I forgive the boy,
who in his quest for science
thought I might fly from his hand
Now I watch and wonder
at the change in the winds,
my mind flying when my wings won’t
I forgive the boy,
who cried when he discovered
my magic dust over his fingers
for now, I am forever
of this world, flightless, earth-bound,
my wings translucent
— Kevin Hodgson, 2018
The Creativity Book will get you writing. What more could you want?
Peace (in the book),