Fantastical Symbols Writing Prompt

Ever wanted to add a touch of magic to your creative nonfiction? Try your hand at this writing prompt from my upcoming Speculative Memoir course.

  1. Write about something that actually happened to you but write about it in third person as if the “you” in the story were a fictional character. As you write, be aware of the symbols, images, and metaphors that you use.

  2. Once you have written an initial draft, reread it and choose a symbol, image, or metaphor to turn into a fantastical event. Rewrite the piece incorporating this fantastical element.

  3. Once you have finished, think about why you chose this particular place to diverge from the factual and this particular fantastical element to include? What affect did this have on the piece?