Scour the news for an entirely uninteresting story. Consider how it connects to your life. Write about that.
This prompt is almost implausible because part of the purpose of any news story is to make it interesting for the reader and if it isn’t, it doesn’t make it onto the page. Those spaces of blank paper are worth money, uninteresting doesn’t pay the bills. If there is an ounce of empathy or compassion in a person, any story will be interesting and can be connected to your life.
I spend hours every day reading about stories that impact others all over the world in a variety of ways and I am always interested because I do feel connected, we are all human and things do happen, no one is an island onto themselves and so the human experience is that bond that links us all. Which is why I really don’t understand hate and judgement, I can easily put myself in someone else’s shoes and so the thought of making someone feel pain or shame is hurtful to me.
I know what it’s like to be the target of bullies and hateful, judgmental people over things that are so silly, but since I know how it feels I would never ever want to be the one to cause another the anguish, sadness and fear that I felt at various times at school or outside after school.
I don’t even know how my thoughts came to this, unfortunately it seems that most news stories tend to cover our basest emotions, it is rare to read about the feel good stories unless you scour the papers for stories on baby animals and often those come with heartbreaking tales of abandonment, suffering and human cruelty towards the baby animals mother.
I would like to end this post on a happier note, I have found one newsletter that is forever uplifting, it is called Paris Breakfast and it is a daily newsletter written by an exceptionally talented water color artists Carol Gillot who paints Paris dreams of pastry, caramels and chocolates during her daily excursions out and about in Paris.
I highly recommend going and having a look see, it is a delight and will have you dreaming of delightful delectables.