Every Friday, Lindaghill runs a fantastic writing prompt called the Stream of Consciousness, which encourages writers to take the prompt and write whatever comes to mind.
Here is the prompt and my contribution:
Mouth wide open, teeth shanked and unfurled for the world to see and admire. Soft, pink gums calling for nutrition his mum never gave him as he supped on cola and chips growing up. Now loose, that breath extinguished hope in something clean and fragrant, wilting smiles and growing frowns from the passengers squeezed into this hot sardine can on wheels. Gross! The lady with the crossed eyes watches in silent admiration. I can see it coming. The reflex. Yes, there it is! She struggles against it but soon enough her gaping mouth stretches wide, mimicking ‘sour breath’s’ earlier interaction with the world. More groans from her close companions as she too forgot to adhere to good oral hygiene. Now another, and another. The epidemic spread of muscular reflex when witnessing jaws expand and contract in their motion to release the tiredness or boredom trapped within our fleshy bags. Oh no! I’m tempted. Thank God I brushed my teeth! My lips press against my teeth in a faux smile as the yawn escapes the tiniest gap I can possibly allow without the air wheezing out. My face stretches into a comical grin which I can see reflected in the dirty class windows of our train carriage. I can’t hold it. The gap expands and my hand automatically goes up to block the offending gesture of boredom. Those that have succumbed to the temptation grin. Those still strong enough to resist slowly strain their faces as the process spreads. The yawn lives on.
Why not try your hand at this. Here are the rules to help you along.
Here are the rules:
1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.
2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.
3. I will post the prompt here on my blog every Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.
4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.
5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read all of them! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later or go to the previous week by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find below the “Like” button on my post.
6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!
7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.
8. Have fun!