Write The Black Dog

Winston Churchill had a dark side:

I don’t like standing near the edge of a platform when an express train is passing through. I like to stand right back and if possible get a pillar between me and the train. I don’t like to stand by the side of a ship and look down into the water. A second’s action would end everything. A few drops of desperation.”

Clearly, the man fought some seriously depressed thoughts. Many doctors today believe him to have been bipolar. But since Churchill lived and died in a time before effective medication was available, he had no choice but to brave the whole thing on his own. Some say he used alcohol and speed to get through the times when “his black dog” came to visit.

I think we all have a dark side. We all have these  “black dogs” that come to visit from time to time. But what can we do to get rid of them? Churchill did something wonderful with the concept of a “black dog”, because in my mind it conjures a surreal and oddly comforting image of a large dog following around a depressed person.

This week, construct a character who is being visited by “a black dog” (sadness)  but is trying to get rid of it. You can rename the “Black Dog” Anything you wish, but try to keep it as “color/animal”, and take us through this depressed characters’ daily life  while being followed by a…pink pony, or an orange cat, or whatever this prompt makes you think of. And good luck! Also, this song. 


  1. samanthazhang says

    Such a cool prompt!