If you teach poetry, creative writing, or are just looking for a way to help your students find inspiration for writing, you need to watch the following time-lapse video.
I’ve never really considered myself a writer (beyond my blogging that is). Most of the work I produced for various writing courses was always a bit mundane, formulaic, and rather juvenile. Even when asked to write to a prompt, I would usually find a way to slip into my typical patterns before too long, pretty much destroying the purpose of the prompt.
I’m not sure that I would have pushed myself harder had I been given visual writing prompts like the movie above, but I do know that quite often the written prompts I received wouldn’t provide my “inner writer” with enough of a “frame” to hang my ideas and writing on. I typically needed a bit more scaffolding that the other writers in my classes. Having a visual piece of “pictures in motion” and audio reflects more of the real world for me, and thus makes it easier to write a piece of descriptive narrative that a reader could more easily create an equally realistic mind-scape with.
If you’ve ever used media in any form as a writing prompt, I’d love to hear how effective it was, and if you have links to any compelling video that could be used for a visual writing prompt, please share! Below are a few more video clips that I’ve found at Vimeo (a treasure trove of creativity for the classroom) that I think would serve well as video writing prompts.