Writing prompt – blooming…

Totterdown springtime. Photo by Judy Darley. Shows coloured houses, one of which has a windowsill full of blooming daffodils.There are few sights more heartening than proof of spring, and all the new life, sweet budding aromas and birdsong that accompanies it.

In the vibrant corner of Bristol where I live, daffodils bob on windowsills, as well as gardens and parks. I love to imagine the people who go to such efforts to make the most any small outdoor space. Surely they’re as sunny as the flowers they tend!

But I also like the concept of opposites. Perhaps the person who plants these daffodils bulbs and places them on windowsills does so to disguise an inner darkness. It’s a thought that can seed the foundations for brilliantly flawed and complex characters.

Can you use to this as inspiration to create a protagonist whose exterior is utterly at odds with their interior? What might they be trying to hide, and why? Who might discover the truth of their sweet or sour centre? What outcome could ensue as a result?

If you write or create something prompted by this, please send an email to judydarley (at) iCloud.com to let me know. With your permission, I may publish it on SkyLightRain.com.