Remember make-believe? Row a leaky boat over to the island and make trails to the pirate treasure, build a treehouse, pull out the box of dress-ups. All that stuff involved props for the characters we were trying on. Some of them were pretty sketchy: a stick, some grapevines, a ratty old towel. Others were more elaborate. The coonskin cap comes to mind. Either way, they did the job. They helped us to make our imaginary adventures more concrete. A generation later our own kids were still at it.
Today’s prompt: When you’re trying to bring a character to life on the page, on the stage, or in an image, consider the possibilities inherent in the sketchy props you used when you were a kid. What did all that stuff mean to you then? Does it mean something different now? What do you think your kid self would have pulled out of the dress-ups box to turn you into an image of the grown-up self you’ve become? What do you think your own kids would pull out of the box to make a Mom or a Dad character?
Write, paint, compose, photograph, weave, carve . . . Create.