An Organic View of a Writing Prompt
When was the last time you considered something as ordinary as an egg as a writing prompt? I have to admit, I came to this revelation early this week. My husband had shopped at a local organic farm where we typically get produce . (If you are in Central Florida, check out the currently available produce and egg selections here: https://www.crownjewelorganic.com/ ). He purchased these gorgeous organic eggs. They are small compared to even organic ones purchased in the grocery store.
But the tantalizing tints of the eggs, which spanned from ecru to bone to a blue-tinted ivory were breathtakingly beautiful. So much so I had a hard time cracking even one of them to begin scrambling for breakfast. So I sipped a second cup of coffee and jotted down some prompts. Here are a dozen that I came up with for consideration:
- When was the first time you remember eating an egg? Did you like it? My mother didn’t eat an egg for years after she was on a trip and was served a runny one.
- Does the size of an egg really matter when cooking or baking? My grandmother always told me to use the largest eggs I could find. Do you have a similar story?
- Do you dye eggs as part of your Spring traditions? What are your favorite methods?
- How do you like your eggs fried? Over medium? Over easy? Sunny side up? Be specific and explain why.
- If you could make something with the shells, what would it be? Would you use it as two fractured cups or, perhaps, crackled into small pieces?
- Has anyone told you that you are a good egg or a rotten egg? What incident preceded that event?
- What are your favorite condiments to use on eggs: salsa, tomatillo verde, or good old fashioned ketchup? How do you decorate your breakfast plate?
- Have you ever had egg on your face? How did you clean the mess up?
- Aside from breakfast, what other dishes did your family make with eggs when you were growing up? Think here of crepes, soufflé, quiches, egg drop soup, or deviled eggs. What was the secret ingredient that made it oh so good? My youngest sister plants a two-inch piece ofcrisp bacon vertically in each devilled egg to make a family favorite.
- Did you ever hide a rotten egg in someone’s car, home, dorm room, or locker as a form of revenge? Describe it in detail.
- Do you like eggnog? Describe how elaborate or simple the holiday ritual is in your family.
- When was the last time you had an egg toss or a race with an egg on a spoon? Did you win? Did you lose? Most importantly, did you have fun?
There are your prompts inspired by the humble egg. Now get cracking and get some writing done!
Here’s to finding flow in your writing,