Portrait of an articulated skeleton on a bentwood chair

Write One Leaf from the Point of View of a Skeleton

Use the combination of the photo and the text prompt as writing inspiration. What has just happened here? What is about to happen? Who has been in this place? Who will come here and and what will they do? What kinds of interactions can you imagine? Write one leaf beginning with what occurs to you upon looking, but do not allow yourself to be limited by what you think you know about the prompt or by what you see in the photo.

What the heck is Write One Leaf?

Write One Leaf is a place for writers, for writing, to prompt you to move your hands. We define “one leaf” is as two pages of text, but it could be more or less than that. It could be fiction or non-fiction or poetry or lyrics. It could be frustrated nonsense. Or brilliant pablum.

Set a timer if that helps. Write what you know. Write what you don’t know. Write by the seat of your pants. Write a list. Write words on the branches of a tree. Write for someone you’d like to get to know better. Write for yourself. Write on a napkin or write in a leather journal or write on a wrapper that you pulled off a bar of soap. But whatever you do: write. And we’ll see you again tomorrow.


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Feel free to write your leaf as a response to this prompt, or to include a link to this page in your own Medium post. We’d love to see what you’re up to.