That’s right, a tree! Pick a tree and build your story around it. Be creative. What is it about this tree? Does it have healing powers or turn people into zombies? Can it be used to talk to God, or is the tree a god?
I came up with this prompt the other day and introduced it some people who thought it a little absurd that a story would have a tree as an important symbol of motif. Let me prove my argument of how a tree can be an important symbol or motif in a story.
- Eve indulged in the first sin by eating from the tree of life and knowledge and further disobeying God in the Hebrew Bible.
- It is common that woodland elves be placed in tree type homes.
- In James Cameron’s Avatar, trees are an important symbol. They are used sort of like computers to the Na’vi. With them they can upload and download memories and communicate with their god.
- The Night Elves in the highly popular online game World of Warcraft lived in what was known as the World Tree and this tree has offspring called great trees, which are teleportals to the Emerald Dream.
Don’t count trees out. They can become an essential part of a story. Now what’s yours?