August 2012 I attended a writing workshop titled “Making a Personal Metaphor from the Natural World” by the writer Matt Love at the Alder Creek Farm Conservation Site in Manzanita, Oregon. This one-day experience was packed with many memorable moments, but the last couple of days keep bringing me back to one of the last writing prompt lessons of that day.
From Matt’s “Nature Metaphor Inventory List” prompts – we were to write down what first came to mind (and a bit why it was chosen):
Bird – Eagle (don’t flock)
Water Creature –
Tree – Cedar (stay consistent)
Season – Autumn (cooling time)
Landform – Mountain (largely impenetrable)
Form of Precipitation – Fog (hard to see thru)
Astrological –Comet (flash & go away)
Element (gold, copper, etc.) –
Some I didn’t have a strong answer for in the short time given for each, so I skipped them.
Then we were to choose the one that best describes our individual writing style and expand on it, I chose Fog.
Here’s my list of why, because I:
– Use a lot of questions (many go unanswered)
– Don’t follow a linear path
– Use punctuation… approved and Not, to affect! Cadence
– Confuse those not paying attention
– Like to intrigue and cause readers to wander and wonder
– Find mischievous pleasure in drawing a reader in (once you start walking in fog, you have to keep going)
– Hide small treasures for those who think
I’m not certain how accurate this was/is but it has been very foggy here for a few days and I kinda like it.