How Worry Dolls Can Help as a Writing Prompt
The little dolls pictured here are Guatemalan Worry Dolls. Guatamalan children tell a worry to each doll before going to sleep at night, then place them under their pillow. In the morning the dolls will have carried their worries away. I bought these when in Sydney at the end of last year and hadn't thought much more about them, until today, when I chose to use them as a writing prompt.
When I looked at the dolls I wondered how they could help me with my writing. I could tell each doll one of my concerns, such as writers block, grammar worries, reaching minimum word limits, plot development and such. Wouldn't it be wonderful if they could magically transport each writing worry away as it arises, leaving room in my brain for more creative endeavours.
Writing dolls, so small and delicate they suggest patience on behalf of their maker, remind me that patience must surely be a virtue of anyone wanting to be a writer. Writing dolls, so colourful they serve as a reminder to add colour to every piece of writing, not necessarily literally, but keeping in mind to make the words vibrant. Writing dolls, so small they suggest size doesn't matter, that all ideas can be utilised and expanded upon, limited by only one's imagination.
I think I'll now place these writing dolls, inside their yellow box, on my desk. Next time I need help with my writing, maybe I shall talk to them before going to sleep at night. Who knows what writing may result when i return to my desk refreshed next day.
Image Credit » Personal photo of Val Mills