Happy Friday, readers, writers, and shark fans!
Ugg, I have to be real with you: This post should have come out on Wednesday. But I have been SO sick this week and I feel like barely squeaking by, so the writing prompt came out on social media on Thursday instead of Wednesday, and now the blog edition is coming on Friday instead of Wednesday. Yayyyy! But at least it’s here; we can check an item off the to-do list!
This week’s writing prompt is all about our imaginations, irrational fears, and filling (presumably) blank spaces. I don’t know about you, but if I walk into an empty room, my imagination is QUICK to place something in that space in an attempt to fill it: a shadow, someone lurking in a corner, a ghost, just SOMETHING. I think we all do this to varying extents. And since we’re Lit Shark, we’re going to talk about our tendency to do this… with water.
The Writing Prompt
Have you ever been in a swimming pool and imagined there was something more beneath the surface, beneath your feet?
And While I Have You: A Related Announcement!!
If you’re reading this post (thank you), I already know a few things about you: you enjoy writing, maybe you want more writing time in your life, and you take some joy from writing based on writing prompts.
I can completely identify with all of those things. I see you.
And because of that, and because I’m still a huge lover of writing on paper, I want to introduce you to a series of Lit Shark notebooks and Lit Shark writing prompt books.
Most of our designs are notebooks that we’re going to offer in paperback and hardback editions, with blank, lined (college-ruled), or dot grid pages. Our writing prompt books will be offered in paperback and hardback, with lined pages and writing prompts.
Here are the front cover and spine designs of our first eight notebooks, as well as notebook editions of each of our magazine issues. Tell us which one is your favorite!
A Disclaimer about the Notebooks
I know these are paper and that physical books are not great for the environment, but I’m hopeful that since these are print-on-demand, the copies that will be printed will be highly intentional prints. The people ordering copies of these either have the express intention of using them themselves or gifting them to someone they believe will love them and use them. There won’t be hundreds of copies of these sitting in a warehouse somewhere after unnecessarily killing a bunch of trees for their production. Plus, the funds from these books will be going into one of three places: supporting our Lit Shark team so we can keep doing all of these things that we love, compensating our writers (because all writing should be compensated, period), and contributing to organizations centered around conservation efforts, animal rescue, and revitalization.
We want the work that we do here to be intentional and thoughtful and for all of the work we do to come full circle. While we’re using paper by creating these notebooks, we believe we’ll be giving back more through Lit Shark than what we’re taking, we’ll be offering more tools for more writers to get their stories out into the world, and if you know anything about McKenzie… she’ll definitely be planting more trees.