Midweek Writing Prompt: Forgiving Failures (10/15/14)
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: Forgiving Failures
Previous writing prompts have asked you to create lists of positive action or negative action. This time, your opening words are simple:
I forgive myself for…
Fill out the rest of the statement. Repeat the “I forgive myself” phrase as many times as you need to. The sentences may be short or long and involved. Be honest. Be raw. Be specific. Be relentless and dig deep. Dredge up your silliest mistakes and your most terrible acts and forgive yourself in writing.
You may find yourself feeling forgiveness as a result, or may strike upon an idea to expand into a story. Either way, be brave and give this a try. Trust the process. See what happens.