Creative Prompt: Hop on Pop

Welcome to Wordsmith Studio’s Weekly Prompt!


Every Thursday we’ll post a new topic for your creative pleasure.  When you get a good flash story, memory, poem, or photo (or three, or five) post them to your blog, website, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Then come back here and post a link to your contribution(s) in the comments.

This Week’s Theme is: Hop on Pop

Father, Pops, Daddy, Old man. Whatever name we call them, oftentimes dads remind us of fictional characters.

The good:

  • Atticus Finch
  • Andy Taylor
  • Howard Cunningham
  • Mr. Incredible

The somewhat bad:

  • Frank Costanza
  • Homer Simpson
  • Alexei Karenin
  • Darth Vader

The absent:

  • Mr. Eyre  (Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte) 
  • Mr. Lennox (Mary Lennox’s father. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett) 
  • Mr. White (Carrie White’s father, Carrie, Stephen King) 
  • And we all know Elliott’s father in E.T. was in Mexico with Sally

Get Creative!

Writing about our own fathers can be difficult. Our prose often slants overly sentimental or overtly coarse. Let’s add a little Emily Dickinson to the mix and write slant about our fathers. Match them up to fictional character, or write about a fictional dad.

(I have dibs on Maximus in Gladiator.)

Or write your own Dr. Seussish Hop on Pop story.

The point is to have fun.

And write.

Got Ideas?

Do you have suggestions for future “Prompt” posts? Leave us a comment, or email us here.  We ♥LOVE♥ feedback!

Be sure to check back next week for more fun and new inspiration.


Happy Creating!

Wordsmith Studio Nonfiction Group

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