(Aspiring to Be) Inspiring Writing Prompt #3

You wake up in a desert with a huge and mysterious headache. You're covered in dust. Behind you, there's a post with a hawk sitting on top of it. Tied to its talon is an envelope with your name on it.
You wake up in a desert with a huge and mysterious headache. You're covered in dust. Behind you, there's a post with a hawk sitting on top of it. Tied to its talon is an envelope with your name on it.
You wake up in a desert with a huge and mysterious headache. You’re covered in dust. Behind you, there’s a post with a hawk sitting on top of it. Tied to its talon is an envelope with your name on it.

This should be a fun one.

Last night was a regular night, though something didn’t settle with you. Maybe you had the feeling of being watched but chalked it up to your usual paranoid tendencies. You fall asleep alone, soothed by the regular sounds of your town or city, be it chirping crickets or a constant flow of cars.

When you wake up, the only thing you see is white. Could this be heaven? Your head is searing with pain, and in the shocking heat, this is the only thing you can focus on. You know you’re not in your bed. And when you look around, all you see is a desert with no sign of humanity, not even in the far off horizon.

You hear a scratching sound behind you. You turn around. It’s a hawk perched on one wooden post, and you wipe off the dust on your face just to make sure you’re seeing correctly. It’s piercing golden eyes aren’t looking your way. Tied to its talon is an envelope with your name on it.

Write at least a page about what’s inside. Who is the message from? Why are you in the desert? Is this meant to teach you a lesson? This could easily be a fantasy or nonfiction piece, which gives you so much more room to explore.

Melanie Falconer is a freelance writer and editor living in Los Angeles, California. Her writing mainly concerns philosophy, personal experiences, cultural commentary, and her love of the visual and performing arts. If you’d like to reach out to her, you can do so here.