Prompt #16 for 2010: Inception

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โ€ขโ€ข> This 16th prompt for 2010 is the second Matinรฉe Muse prompt for the year. The prompt is INCEPTION, from the Leonardo DiCaprio movie of the same title. There are several ways this prompt can inspire.

NOTE: Don’t let this prompt appear difficult. In the following text, I have offered 3 different perspectives you can take, and nearly 30 different elements you can use as your inspiration. Please use the one you find best sparks you to write. Thanks Islanders, and write on… ๐Ÿ˜‰

โ€ข First, look at the definition of the word. โ€œbeginning; a first part; an opening stage of subsequent events; origination; origin; germination; cause; prelude; overture; preliminary; emanation; riseโ€ โ€“ looks like lots of fodder there to motivate your muse.

โ€ข Second, what might elements of the movie’s plot spark? Maybe the nature of realityโ€ฆ the nature of dreamsโ€ฆ how can we differentiate between the two โ€“ โ€œin real timeโ€โ€ฆ what is the nature of privacyโ€ฆ do we enjoy privacy anymore in this day and ageโ€ฆ the nature of paranoia… what impact does technology have on us personally, on our lives now, on our futuresโ€ฆ are we progressing as a species/society or regressing — there is much to spark the imagination.

โ€ข Finally I offer this image of the spinning top from the movie:

How might this ignite your fire to write? Maybe itโ€™s the nature of balance or precision, the concept of centrifugal force, the perpetual nature of some things, the sense of time running out, the abandon seen in the whirling, orโ€ฆ

So tell us in your words (poem, prose, flash fiction, etc.) the who, what, where, when, why or how regarding INCEPTION — including any visual image you might want to incorporate. So let yourself go with whatever it is that moves you to write… see what you can dream up…

Relax, respond to the prompt when you’re ready — or just leave a comment to say hi! As always, welcome to the the Island!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰


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72 responses to “Prompt #16 for 2010: Inception

  1. In answer to the question at the start of the movie… ‘Did you come here to kill me?’… My answer: I CAME HERE TO WILL YOU

  2. Not an easy one, this. As I have never seen or heard of the film, my contribution will have to be based on the word, or maybe the spinning top – a lovely image. I’m away to think and scribble.

  3. One from the archives that was apropos. A post about what birthed my current MS The Prince of Darkness or How I’ve Spent the Last Three Months

  4. I had something in my mind but when I started it, I went in another direction:

    • writersisland

      Thank you Jaycee, nice to see you on the Island… ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Thanks, glad to have participated in this one. I thought it was a very wonderful topic to write about. I’ll spend time going through everyone else’s links, especially Anthony above, who you’ve vouched for.

    • writersisland

      Viv said it was difficult as well Pamela — I thought with the many possible prompt options I had identified, that it would be easy… maybe I offered too many choices… ๐Ÿ˜

    • writersisland

      Thank you for sharing Riika… ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I thought by offering, in the text of the prompt, 3 different perspectives, and nearly 30 different elements that could be used as inspiration, that this would be an inspiration-rich prompt — and simple to write to. I hadn’t intended it to just be the word Inception… I am sorry the prompt was confusing…

  5. hmm… for starters I have a story I wrote not long ago:

    I’ll see what else I can come up with…

    an interesting, if a bit challenging, prompt, but thanks!

  6. Whew, this was a TRUE challenge (didn’t see the movie), but I couldn’t rest without doing it. Here it is:

  7. Don’t understand why my post is awaiting moderation. I got the idea from the spinning top. Here’s my poem…

    • writersisland

      These spam filters have no imagination, if you change even a single letter in how you sign in, and sometimes for no reason at all (except maybe a grumpy spam filter) – it decides I should moderate??

      I really don’t pretend to understand it Diane, but I do check frequently because I receive a reasonably prompt email if something is being held. You do not lose your chronological order though, even if you get moderated…

    • Diane Truswell

      Also, just clarifying that this is Diane T for anyone who thinks I am a new person.

  8. This is about beginnings (I didn’t see the moive):

    Avoiding A Cart and A Horse (an older post)


    • writersisland

      Thank you for sharing work, seeing the movie is optional — but it is an interesting flick ElizaBeth, and showing right now here at our Island Bijou… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. This is my first time posting here.

    I was inspired to write a poem about paranoia. I hope you will read and enjoy.

    Please come check out my poem at

    Thanks, Kristie (Just Me)

    • writersisland

      Kristie, welcome to Writer’s Island, and what a great take on the prompt, clearly inspired by the movie — very cool, thank you for sharing this work… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Ahh, I’ve missed the sandy shore…

    Thank you for the great inspiration!

    – Dina

    • writersisland

      Oh dear, looks like you swam to shore, thanks for the extra effort to share this — you can lie on the beach and dry out… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. systematicweasel

    This was a fun one. I got two posted for this one, and they can be found at the link below. Thanks for the prompt!

    -Weasel =)

  12. Okay, I didn’t think I’d have one, and I do (yay!).

    I went to school today to start to ready my classroom. That was an inception of sorts(haven’t seen the movie). My piece arose because I started to question the moment I lose a student’s attention, or do something that offends them. Can I notice it? If I notice the precise moment, maybe we can take a different path. That’s what I started with and then the piece took its own path. Here it is:

    • writersisland

      Very very cool perspective you’ve touched on Brenda, and how powerful if you can teach yourself to recognize that moment of disconnect… how remarkable it would be for all of us, in our meaningful relationships, if we could be sensitive to that moment — good luck, it’s worth the inquiry… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Rob, I have subscribed to the comments in my google reader. However, not even half of those show up there. I don’t know why but thought I would let you now. Can it be fixed from here?

    Sorry for writing it here, on this prompt.

    • writersisland

      Gautami, I must admit I do not know — but my son knows all things internet (it is his career)… I will gladly ask him and let you know what I learn… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. I have opposed it From The Outset at Scrambled, Not Fried.

  15. Irene

    Wrote something called


  16. b_y

    When I was writing this, the photo of that top came into my mind, so I added it into the poem

    the summer garland

  17. tillybud

    Here’s mine:

    Apologies: my fingers are cramped from painting all day so I won’t be commenting on any one’s poem until tomorrow.

    • writersisland

      Someone needs a hand massage… ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Tilly, I deal with that a lot, try this — purchase a bottle of 70% wintergreen alcohol at the pharmacy, crush in 14-15 aspirin, shake till dissolved, keep on the shelf and apply topically to your hands… it’s wonderful…

  18. finally here is mine…it all started with the FIRST SUPPER

  19. Well, I linked to an older post originally, said I’d write a new one. Here it is, just under the wire, methinks… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. Hi Rob, thanks for the wonderful prompt, which truely inspired me, please accept my very late entry.

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