This wild and playful writing prompt comes from Ellery Akers, a fabulous poet I took a class from a few years ago. Here’s what she suggests:
Think of a major event in your life. Now think of an animal you’re attracted to or repelled by and write about the event, including the animal. Make the animal, instead of you, the main character or have the animal appear in the piece. For instance, relive your childhood as if you were a falcon and your mother a falconress; imagine a lion comes to tea.
What does your animal smell or hear or touch or understand or know? It could be — “During my divorce a pig came to live in the bedroom. I turned to my husband and said, “is this your pig?” Or: “As an owl I floated out of that courtroom; as an owl, I stabbed the divorce papers with my beak.”
Have fun. Write wild. See what happens. At the very least, you’ll wake up your writing and have fun. You might also gain a whole new perspective on the piece you’re working on.