The common belief is that bears hibernate, right? That they fatten themselves up before winter turns their surroundings scarce so that they can waddle into their dens and sleep until spring hits?
But bears don't hibernate.
What bears actually do is enter into a state called torpor. They do fatten themselves up and they do go down for a long nap. The difference between torpor and hibernation, then, lies in how, instead of a dropped body temperature ensuring their nap lasts all winter, a bear's body temperature remains high. This way, they wake up. They stretch. They bathe in much-welcomed sunlight. They even mosey into other dens.
Which is where we come in.
New to Orson's Publishing is what we're calling Orson's Den. And it's simple: Orson's Den is a cozy series built for and catered specifically to writers not seeking a season-long nap, but consistent streams of wisdom and creativity. You'll receive book recommendations on creativity, craft, and execution, as well as lively discussions on the opportunities that await the aspiring writer, including but not limited to: finding your ideal reader, whether or not an MFA is worthwhile, and determining when your manuscript is ready for its next step.
Each post will also feature a unique writing prompt, the first of which you'll find below.
- Genre: Fiction, Poetry, Drama
- Duration: Aim to write for 45 minutes
Look at the photograph above. Focus on the young man on the left side of the bench, reading. This young man is oblivious to the fact that he's reading an article about the man on the other end of the bench, with his arms propped on his cane.
What event is this article about? What role does that man play in the event?
Look at the photograph above. Focus on the third man from the left side of the bench, with his hands folded over a bag. Imagine that the look on his face is one of contemplation, that he's steps away from a bus stop but has yet to decide whether or not he should board.
Does he board? Where does that bus go? Is his journey entirely driven by what's in the bag?