Writing prompts are an excellent way to stay in good writing shape. Great sportsmen and women train every day to be the best they can be. Writers need to find a way to be as disciplined. Writing leads to more writing, and if you set aside 30 minutes a day for a prompt you will be more confident about your writing. It will also inspire you.
What are writing prompts?
“Writing prompts are suggestions for writers. They are usually words, images, or sentences that describe an idea or a situation. They give writers a starting point. We post a daily writing prompt on our Facebook page as well.” ( From Lyrics as Writing Prompts.)
I am always looking for new writing exercises, and I wanted to explore the concept of myths as prompts. I think this could be a great exercise for your writing group.
What is a myth?
A myth is a traditional, usually ancient story involving supernatural beings, ancestors, or heroes. It is used to explain aspects of the natural world or to show the psychology, customs, or ideals of a society. Myths exist in every culture across the globe.
Examples include:Eros and Psyche, the Myth of Creation, Daedalus and Iccarus, Noah and the Great Flood, the myth of Arthur and Camelot, and The Rain Queen.
Why don’t you write a myth using one of these ideas as inspiration?
Use these prompts to create a story that explains the unexplainable.
by Amanda Patterson
© Amanda Patterson
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Some Quick Academics
Greek mythology is a corpus of stories created throughout a long period of time, often in various places by neighboring, though different tribes. The lack of consistency is apparent in many cases, as for example there may be two, three or more versions of a certain myth, most usually differing in minor points.
The parentage of Greek heroes is often problematic. Different areas and royal houses may contest their affiliation to a famous hero; or, the myth may have become so popular, re-told so many times, that various versions circulated depending on the storytellers' imagination; or, the thread of the myth was lost somehow and, when resuscitated, parts of it had become obscure for the newer generations.
Sometimes, however, differences are illusory. This is the case in Theseus' story.
Tradition wants either Poseidon, Olympian god of the Sea, Earthquakes and Horses, or Aegeus, king of Athens, to be the hero's father. Well... there may be no difference whatsoever between the two... Etymology (=the study of the origin of words) gives us some keys:
In Greek, Aegeus is actually written Aigeus.
Now, the root "aig-" is used up to our days and it's found in a variety of words, such as
-- aig--ialos: the seashore
-- aig--is: Zeus' aegis
-- aig--a: a goat
-- kat--aig--ida: impetuous storm, gale
What do all these words have in common?
The root "aig-" comes from the ancient Greek verb "aÃ¯sso", which is used for a rapid, dashing, impetuous motion, meaning "shoot; dart; glance, as light."
Like the rushing in of waves to the aigialos.
Like the furious motion of the waters and the winds in a kataigida.
Like when Zeus shakes his terrible aigis and turmoil and uproar break upon the earth.
Like the brisk gambol of the aiges and their swift disappearance among the rocks and cliffs of Greek islands.
So, Aegeus and the Sea are somehow connected. Science suggests so.