March winds herald spring. One day, warm zephyrs summon flowers and prompt buds to bloom. The next day, gale-force blowing snaps off stems, sweeps trembling petals on to cold soil. Plants and trees often man up with admirable perseverance. They adapt. How has what happened affected you?
Look back on how you experienced a major change in your life. What happened? What understanding did you come to, with respect to yourself or your relationships with others? How did your behaviour alter? What adjustments did you make? Did you accept the new way things are, or transform in order to cope?
Focus on what happened to youor to another, on a true occurrence or an imagined one.
Below are prompts to do with change. Let one choose you. Brainstorm. Let what comes up emerge, higgledy-piggledy: facts, emotions, images, sketches of scenes, short character descriptions. Free write for five minutes. Circle what moves you. Time yourself writing again. And a third time.
birth of child
winning a prize/passing an exam/receiving an honour
move to new house/country
accepting a wedding proposal/ wedding day
conversion to a religion/important religious experience
treated unfairly at work
commended at work for job well done
leave lover or lover leaves you
break a limb/involved in accident/diagnosed with illness
a son or daughter mistreats you
lost in an unfamiliar place
unexpected event leads to unforeseen consequences
you and nemesis speak after long silence
Now turn brainstorming into a first draft.
All engaging writing starts at a point where things alter. We remember significant turning points in our lives, from momentous decisions to cherished events. To make the reader turn the page you need to SHOW rather than tell what happened and how it affect you or your protagonist. Take what you circled and begin to write. Write toward the catharsis, growth, shift in perspective. Show, rather than tell.
A few zephyrs and gales to whoosh you on your way:
If the wind falls silent, she is listening to you. Speak.
If a wind swirls, let her dance.
A sudden draft means an uncertain future
if the wind is howling. Ghosts are passing through.
The wind plays your flute, gives life to your words. Honour what she gives you.
If she whispers in your ear, listen.
She has a strong temperament and angers easily: If she is talking thunder, stay safe.