Midweek Writing Prompt: What’s Your Thing? (8/6/14)

In my classrooms and workshops, I strive to create safe, welcoming writing communities where individuals feel free to explore ideas, stories, and concepts without judgment. After all, we need those spaces to get started. The judgment – of editors, professors, critical friends – will come later. But in the beginning, we need that soft, friendly embrace where anything is possible and everyone loves you. Let’s go there together.

When my schedule allows, I will post writing prompts for you to play with. I encourage you to write something and to share those initial efforts in the comment section, or even your response to the prompt – tell us what happened when you sat down to write. After all, some of these prompts will lead you down a path toward publication – I’ve seen that happen often enough to be confident in that statement.

Give it a try! 🙂


Writing Prompt: What’s Your Thing?

Close your eyes and think about one thing that you know how to do so well, you are an expert. You can do this thing almost without thinking. You may have never received any formal training in this thing, but this is YOUR thing. You’re so good at it that friends and family admire you for it and sometimes ask your advice about how they can do it.

Really envision yourself doing this thing. Maybe it was the moment that you first discovered this thing. Maybe it was the moment you became skilled enough that this thing became second nature. Maybe it was a recent moment when you did this thing and something extraordinary happened as a result.

Now open your eyes and write about that thing. Any way you want, any moment you want, just start writing. See what happens.

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