Time to Write Now By Julaina Kleist-Corwin

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Elopement as a Writing Prompt

Elizabeth and Robert Browning

Elopement makes an interesting idea for a story. Why does a couple elope? A writer who organizes the secret details into a plot arc along with character arcs develops a successful tale. On September 13, 1846, Elizabeth Barrett eloped with Robert Browning. Why?

In 1838, Barret published her first poetry volume and in 1844 her second one. Browning, a son of a bank clerk, wrote poetry with adapted dramatic monologue. The critics rejected his work, but Barret defended it. Browning wrote her a thank you note and asked to meet her.

They met and then had a secret courtship because Barrett’s father disliked Browning, judging him a fortune hunter. Barrett, who had wealth and position, lived in her father’s 20-bedroom mansion. She had poor health, suffering from weak lungs. When her family went away for a while, she secretly married Browning and they ran away to Italy. She never saw her father again.

The couple lived in Italy for 15 years. Barrett’s health improved and they had a son in 1849. Her reputation was greater than Browning’s was but later the critics accepted his work. Barrett, at 55 years old, died in Browning’s arms in 1861. (Information from History.com)

A disapproving family member is often the reason for elopement. What other reasons are there?

Limited time and finances are considerations. One of my family members eloped because she had been married in the white dress and had the big celebration and didn’t think it was necessary to go through all that fuss again. She and her fiancee agreed that elopement would be an adventure and it was. After the Justice of the Peace performed the ceremony, they left for the weekend from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Chicago, Illinois. They registered at a hotel without knowing there was a wedding going on there. The bride and groom walked through the lobby and overheard my relatives saying they had been married that morning.  The bride invited them to celebrate with her wedding party.

Elopement as a writing prompt can lead to many different stories.

William Joseph Pianist with Story Prompt

My fave, Lindsey Stirling, played her violin with William Joseph for another music video and suggested subscribing to Joseph. I did and discovered this particular one called “Jar of Hearts” with, what I thought, was a good story prompt in it. If you are using this weekend to do writing and your muse is hiding–click the arrow and notice the road scenes.  Joseph’s music may inspire you too.


Who left the girl on the road, who is she, where did she go?


Happy Writing and Happy Labor Day.

Writing Prompt

summer fun old fashion

Now that summer is half over and school will begin in about a month, how have your children spent their free time? Our house is in a court with three families who have children under the age of 11. They’ve been playing basketball and baseball in the mornings and evenings. The afternoon is too hot. My cat likes to watch them and so do I. Their team sportsmanship, their social interactions when they are distracted, and their determination to win are inspiring. Last summer, I wrote a poem about how considerate they were toward each other during a game. This year I thought of a couple short stories to show the changes they are making as they grow up.

A prompt to write memoir flash fiction or write in a journal to record this special year in their lives would be valuable in the future. They will be different next summer.

Writing Prompt in a Quote

lost quoteCoppola name on wire arch entranceToday I went with three of my long time friends to meet a mutual friend at Frank Coppola’s Winery Restaurant. We had an hour and a half drive from the south and the friend from the north had about 45 minutes to get there.

Heavy, dark clouds followed us and a misty rain teased the windshield as we drove through the wine country. The positive energy as we passed under the Coppola’s arc increased. An impressive castle-like building and swimming pool welcome visitors. The restaurant with movie artifacts surrounding it serves excellent food, especially the salmon.  Each of the five of us takes a turn bringing our symbolic bling-covered centerpiece. At our last meeting, it appeared to be irretrievable because no one said they had it. Today it took it’s place on the wood table and Carol admitted that she had had it all along.

She said, “I lost what was in plain sight.”

What a great idea for a short story or novel. It’s general enough to fit any genre. It has a poignant feel and for me, it’s a hook.

What was lost? When it was found, was it too late or was it a solution?

What does Carol’s quote mean for you?

coppola with camera