Today’s writing prompt is inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s famous painting, Starry Night. Keep reading to see the full prompt and my completed version of it. And don’t forget to submit your writing to the blog to have your writing featured. Click on the button in the post below to learn more.

Today’s Writing Prompt: Starry Night

Today, write from the perspective of the artist, Van Gogh, as he’s painting Starry Night. Write his inner monologue or what he’s feeling or sensing (hearing, seeing, etc.).

Completed Version of Today’s Writing Prompt

Starry Night, by K.E. Creighton

The night is cool and clear, and I can see the silhouette of a sleeping village below. I marked the sun-moon first. But the collective rhythmic, steady breathing there, basking, is as bright as the sky above. And I can sense it as they softly collide with the twirling wind I represent.

I relish moments of solitude like this, as long as they don’t linger too long once everyone awakes at dawn. Too soon it comes. That’s when it becomes oppressingly lonely, and I realize I am not among my painted portrayal. When people and landscapes move too quickly to observe and capture. And I remain outside the canvas without a brush.

My hands are not my own as they form the looming cypress. The last strokes now. Is it real or an expression? My hand doesn’t register the difference. Yet it must be perceived somewhere within the corners of my mind, the corners of this room, a window away from sight, in the middle of this starry night.

[All Rights Reserved by K.E. Creighton and Creighton’s Compositions LLC. The above work is a piece of fiction. All names and locations referred to are the product of the author’s imagination and are used entirely for fictional purposes. Any similarities to real-life persons or places are purely coincidental.]

Notes on Completing this Writing Prompt

Art inspires what I write often. I have a small replica of Starry Night on my wall at home, so this writing prompt made sense to me, especially because I stare at the painting often. It’s dark but also beautiful, and a very emotional and beautiful painting—so clearly perfect for a small dose of writing inspiration.

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