The Portrait Prompt

                                                                                                                                                          Concept: create a portrait of yourself as—

  • a solo character, or
  • a character in a specific relationship, or
  • a character in a particular family or community

Strategy: describe a painting, drawing, or photograph—of you alone, with another, or in a group—that is actual OR imagined.

Twist: if the portrait is imagined, perhaps it’s by a famous artist? For example, imagine a portrait of yourself painted by Frieda Kahlo or Pablo Picasso, or a painting of you and your lover or of your family and neighborhood by Marc Chagall, and etc…  

Other options: you might want to create an episode in a sitcom, or a scene in a movie or play, or a commercial, puppet show, or animated video or cartoon, etc.

Set a timer and write for 20, 30, or 40 minutes.

(painting: Michael Roque Collins)

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