One of my favorite songs from a musical is “My Time of Day” from Guys and Dolls. Such an evocative description of a setting in such a few words. Here is another, completely different in tone:

Late afternoon: the entr’acte between dusk and darkness, when the people who conduct their business in the street—numbers runners in gray chesterfields, out-of-work barmaids playing the dozens, adolescents cultivating their cigarette jones and lust, small-time hustlers selling “authentic” gold wristwatches that are platinum bright—look for a place to roost and to drink in the day’s sin. -by Hilton Als, A Pryor Love

Writing Prompt: Describe a time of day in the setting of your story. Appeal to all the senses.

Journaling Prompt: What is your favorite time of day? Why? 

Art Prompt: Late Afternoon in the city

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about your favorite time of day. Focus on description that evokes feeling.

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5 Responses to Prompt #154 My Time of Day

  1. zencherry says:

    Oooo you can just see it! I must admit, I’m a sucker for using jones as a verb. It just feels so there-on-the-street. 😀

    Btw, Guys and Dolls rocks!
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    • Liz says:

      Peter Gallagher singing that song. Oh my! I’m in love!

      I’m loving some of the creative nonfiction I’m reading to find quotes for these prompts. This was a great article all around.

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