Project fun: Writing prompt 3
Opposite Day - or Satire day
Imagine a world upside down
Think of an everyday place or activity and turn it upside down and inside out. Turn it on its head and find a completely new perspective. What if it rained up? What if music was a smell or food was a sound? What if plants were cultivating us and not the other way around? (This one is actually partially true, depending on how you look at it!)
Ways to have fun with it
Go rude - get elicit! Think of alternative mating (rubbing each other’s legs or spitting as a form of flirting).
Get political and create some satire (think of A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift where he recommends overcoming hunger by allowing people to eat their own babies).
Pick something already ridiculous or absurd (like plastic surgery) and make it more so (plastic surgery to enhance our ego).
Your reminder to let loose:
Give yourself permission to have fun!
The sillier - the better.
If you make yourself laugh, or want to share it with somebody to make them laugh, then you win a bonus point!
Example - A flat-pack proposal
The cost of living has arisen so dramatically, that people in Britain are no longer able to afford to buy a house to live in. But yet, their Amazon Prime accounts bring in a phenomenal amount of cardboard that is so ‘green-friendly’ and robust, they could fashion their own house by themselves. In fact, Ikea has just announced their flat-house pack that it aims to hand out to first-time land-buyers to enable them to create their own luxurious abode for next to nothing. There are only minor inconveniences - such as, no electric can be wired into the build or plumbing. But with today’s #vanlife culture, who are embracing living less comfortably, this seems hardly an issue. Most just want a place to call ‘home’ and to have a place to put their head down each night.
Each household throws out 13,000 pieces of cardboard each year, but with the right tools - these households could actually have their own house! Cardboard (especially recycled), is a great resource and incredibly sturdy. Much like houses made from straw and mud, if equipped with glue-guns and a decent frame, the cardboard can be treated to resist mildew and fire. Although one cannot hang picture frames on the inside, the artwork can be painted directly onto the walls themselves.
To ensure the building lasts through the seasons, one would only need to erect a large tent over the house, whenever a rain cloud came along. And weather prediction is so much better these days, that a simple push of a button on an app could ensure that your house never turns into a soggy biscuit.
Stay hot 🤟 (because I don’t believe in being cool 😎). Let me know how you got on with the prompt and if it worked for you.