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Sunday Writing Prompt #225 – Know Thyself


Welcome to the Sunday Writing Prompt – October 22, 2017 – Know Thyself

This week for the prompt, I’m offering you a selection from a movie. Here’s a trailer for it.

The film The Dresser was originally a play and was later made into film, several times. The one I have in mind, is the 1983 production, starring Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay and Edward Fox. “It tells the story of an aging actor’s personal assistant, who struggles to keep his charge’s life together.” (for more info. source here)

Right, so I’m presenting  a selection- this monologue and I want you to sit with it, and then use it as your point of inspiration. And I’ve managed to find a clip – so watch it – it’s less than 2 minutes long – but you will begin to appreciate the intensity of the performance.

So the words:

I thought I caught a sight of him tonight
— or myself as he sees me –
speaking reason not the need I became detached from myself, my thoughts flow and I was observing from a great height
— go on you bastard I seemed to be saying or hearing, go on you’ve more to give, go on more more more —
and I was watching Lear
— each word he spoke was fresh invented, I had no knowledge of what came next, what fate awaited me, the agony of acting was in the moment created —
I saw an old man and the old man was me —
outside myself —
do you understand?
— outside myself

The video clip/performance:

Focus on the monologue – and use it as your starting point – consider being lost within yourself and yet found within a character, like Shakespeare’s Lear, but still lost and confused. And consider this particular element: the agony of acting was in the moment created — and I saw an old man and the old man was me —
outside myself —
do you understand?
— outside myself

Go forth and create – write, compose, create, — part of a script, a poem, some flash, a personal story, a mood board of images etc. Let yourselves get lost in the agony (hopefully not) of creating.

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21 comments on “Sunday Writing Prompt #225 – Know Thyself

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  2. weejars
    October 22, 2017

    Having trouble with pingbacks, so here’s mine…
    Great prompt Pat. Very fitting with my current mood/state of mind

    • scribblersdip
      October 22, 2017

      no problems, re- the pingbacks …. gremlins …. 😦

      glad you’ve enjoyed the prompt Sarah and thanks 🙂

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  4. Henrietta Watson
    October 22, 2017

    Reblogged this on All About Writing and more.

    • scribblersdip
      October 22, 2017

      thanks Henrietta 🙂

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    • scribblersdip
      October 22, 2017

      thanks Di 🙂 and I’m glad that you do like her 🙂

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  8. julespaige
    October 23, 2017

    I wrote something before looking at the prompt that fit…
    So that’s 1 – this one
    Another Fall Observation

    I have another fiction piece that will be #2.
    Maybe tomorrow….

    • scribblersdip
      October 23, 2017

      great and thank you – as you wish 🙂

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  10. Kat Myrman
    October 23, 2017

    My “Graying Streams of Consciuosness” for this week’s challenge. Loved the prompt this week!

    • scribblersdip
      October 23, 2017

      wonderful 🙂 and thank you 🙂

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  12. julespaige
    October 23, 2017

    #2 Just a bit of a ramble… Maybe I heard Cher sing it once too often… (you’ll see the connection).
    Freedom’s Better Than Captivity

    • scribblersdip
      October 23, 2017

      okay then, however it comes out is good 🙂

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