Today’s inspiration is a childhood memory. So first close your eyes and focus on a landmark from childhood. This may have been a friend’s or relative’s home, a park, a backyard sandbox, snow fort, swimming hole/pool. The possibilities are endless.
Now take out a crayon or some other crude implement of mark-making. If you have anything else around the house that could help jar some memories, get that too. Something with scent is good: a flower, a can of play-doh, a chocolate chip cookie, etc. (Personally I like bubbles for this exercise when I assign it to my college writers.)
Next take the crayon/implement and begin to draw the place/item from memory. (You can use more than one color.)
The second step asks you to take it to the next level.Once you finish, you can branch out with whatever you do that’s creative.
For fiction writers and poets, the memory can be used for narrative inspiration, image and detail. Essay and memoir writers may even want to talk about the process itself and then proceed to the story and descriptions.
If you’re wanting to do something visual, continue the drawing on your medium of choice: canvas, drawing paper, assemblage, sculpture, collage, film-making or whatever else strikes your fancy. Just let the child-like brain keep plowing forward.