Writing prompt: Moroccan woman

Woman in Morocco

Woman in Morocco

Today’s writing prompt is a little different.

I took the photo above a few years ago on a wonderful tour of magical Morocco. My wife, daughter and I spent two very interesting weeks on a guided tour by mini-bus visiting some of the highlights of Morocco. We visited ancient Roman ruins and modern mosques, the sands of the Sahara desert and the frenetic market places in the exotic cities of Fez, Rabat and Marrakech.

One quiet rural town we stayed in was Midelt where we were taken on a walking tour of some of the local farms. While on this walk I spied this local woman at a water source. I am not sure what she is doing with the pot in her hand. It is at that point I want your imagination to kick into gear.

Here are some suggestions to get you going:

  1. Imagine you are the woman in the photo – describe a typical day in your life.
  2. Write a short description of the scene shown in the photo and your reaction to it.
  3. Wrote a poem about the hardships of rural life in a country like Morocco (or any other country you know well).
  4. Make a list of the differences between your life, and what you can imagine this woman’s life might be like.
  5. Use the photo as a jumping off point for a short story with you as the narrator. Place yourself in the scene and imagine what happens next.

Good writing.


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