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Prompt #76 “Self-Portrait”


Elly Smallwood

For today’s prompt I want you to write about yourself through the eyes of someone else. The observer can be a total stranger, an enemy, or a friend/relative. The portrait can be humorous and filled with comical misconceptions or it can be an enlightening sketch of your inner most being. How do others perceive you? Having done this exercise beforehand I can say that for mine I used comments/observations people have shared with me over the years (you can also use overheard comments). Shy people are sometimes accused of being snobs. Quiet people of being depressed. Pretty blondes of being stupid. You can use these stereotypes in your self-assessment particularly if you’ve been unfairly labeled with them. Over the years we all accumulate our share of compliments, criticisms, and casual perceptions. Work with these to create a portrait of yourself. How much you reveal is up to you and it doesn’t have to be completely accurate as opinions can be biased. If you are an artist or photographer create a self-portrait.

About mindlovemisery

Music: PJ Harvey, Radio Head, Fleetwood Mac, David Usher/Moist, Johnny Cash, Portishead, Damien Rice (basically I am a 90s kid I like alternative, grunge, Industrial and other types of metal, oldies, punk, rock etc.) Authors: Sylvia Plath, James Baldwin, Edmund White, Arthur Rimbaud, Jim Carrol, Jeff Noon, etc. Movies: A Clock Work Orange, Fight Club, House of Flying Daggers (I like a lot of cult movies, horror, comedy, drama, I don't like action and fantasy is terrifying lol) Philosophical Beliefs: Buddhism, Daoism, Shintoism (before it changed under Nationalism), The Transcendent Order Favorite Video Game: Planescape Torment What I do: read, write, yoga, pilates, weight-lift, walk, study philosophy and psychology, dance like a crazy person, paint, dream etc. Qualities: stubborn, sarcastic, teasing, playful, open, flirtatious, eccentric, passionate, forgetful, open-minded.

17 comments on “Prompt #76 “Self-Portrait”

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  2. inavukic
    October 12, 2014

    Such a powerful portrait – what a great way to influence someone to write about themselves.

    • mindlovemisery
      October 12, 2014

      Thank you so much, there was so much feeling in the portrait had to use it

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  5. Prajakta Athavale
    October 12, 2014

    So creative and simple and powerful! Thanks Yves 🙂

  6. Leovi
    October 12, 2014

    very interesting a topic …

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  8. literaryfaith
    October 13, 2014

    I love your blog, so I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award! 🙂 Details here: http://literaryfaith.wordpress.com/2014/10/13/the-one-lovely-blog-award/

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