For many people, one of the most effective ways to jump-start creativity is through music. Although we’ll be exploring many different types of writing prompts and assignments for our Clarion Calls, we’ll come back every so often to the idea of musical meditation. For those new to the concept, here is how a prompt like this works: find a few minutes when it is quiet, use headphones or earbuds if possible, close your eyes, and empty your mind as you do for meditation. Then start the song and let it lead your mind through whatever images, emotions, or scenarios it triggers. Your response may differ from the next person’s, and that’s all right.
Soundtrack music often works best for this, as it lacks lyrics (which can corral imagination) and is deliberately written to provoke strong emotional response. This week, for those of you who have never seen the 21st-century reimagining of Battlestar Galactica, I introduce you to Bear McCreary, the brilliant composer of the show’s soundtrack. BSG fans will need no introduction, as McCreary was as much a character in that drama as any of the ship’s crew. I picked a short sample, since this exercise can make you a bit fidgety at first if you’re used to thinking of music as backdrop.
Without further ado, this Week’s Prompt: “One Year Later,” by Bear McCreary. Listen to it–a few times if needed–and write down whatever comes to mind. It can be a character study, a fragment of dialogue, a static landscape, or whatever else your mind chooses to provide.
There are only two rules for Clarion Calls:
- If you choose to try the assignment, do not read the comments section before you post yours.
- This is a critique-free zone, and that includes critique of your own offering. Save your analytical skills for Mondays with Linda.
With that in mind, I invite all of you to give it a try. At the end of the year, I have a special honor in mind for the person who most often posts an answer to our weekly Call. So have fun, and stay inspired!