I was just on eBay looking under the interesting title of “EPHEMERA” for a craft project, and I ran across this amazing lot of items, listed as: “NEAT LOT OF OLD VTG ANTIQUE PAPER ITEMS, CORRESPONDENCE, WAR BONDS, REJECTION.”
My mind began racing – what could this possibly mean? There is clearly a story here? Would I pay more for a lot of ephemera with an awesome title than an actual book? And that final statement hanging there, “REJECTION.” What kind of rejection? Why does this listing just hit me as a gigantic mystery?
So I decided it was a writing prompt. Here are some sentences you can start off with, “I opened the package and in it I found…” Or, “I had never seen a Western Union telegram, and this one started with…” The prompts could just go on and on. I hope one of these sparks some interest in you and gets your muses calling.
I love the idea that every day we may come across a photo, an image in a newspaper article, or even just a bunch of random papers on eBay and use it as a focal point for our writing. I have been tweeting my photo prompts @erinimus if you want to see more!