LIFE, and Death, and Giants~Emily Dickinson
Such as these, are still.
Minor apparatus, hopper of the mill,
Beetle at the candle,
Or a fife’s small fame,
Maintain by accident
That they proclaim.
I was thinking of another writing prompt, but this poem makes me think not of any specific plot or character idea, but the act of writing itself. There are huge things–life, death, giants–that seem like they’d be the things to focus on in a work of fiction, poetry. But it’s often the small things that writers zoom in on to great effect. An insect, a note, a piece of a larger whole–these are the tiny details that bring a piece of writing to life, that can convey huge sweeps of emotion in small moments.
If there is a prompt in here, then, it is this–take a scene in which something major happens to your main character. Instead of just describing the action, what happens if you focus in on some tiny detail–something maybe that initially could seem irrelevant or incidental? How can the focus on the small expand the story?