September 25th, 2012
I gave it away in the title, but for the tired or coffee-lacking, today’s writing prompt is “high school.”
One of the most heartbreaking high school laments for me is Janis Ian’s “At Seventeen.” And now that I have two daughters of my own, my heart positively bursts at the thought they’ll feel like outcasts or sit at lunch tables alone or compare themselves to anyone but their own beautiful selves.
I count myself lucky that my high school experiences were largely positive. I went to a small Catholic school and never suffered mean girls or any of that nonsense, leaving me with only lovely memories of football games, Friday nights, and giggly girlfriends. Yet I know it wasn’t that way for all of us. Still even if it was and especially if it wasn’t, what high school memory or vibe comes to you when you read this prompt?
Write it down.
A few caveats:
1) Keep it to 500 words or less.
2) Don’t take any longer than 10 minutes to write.
3) Do not edit, censor or finesse your prose.
4) Let it come.
Please post your submission in the comments OR post in your blog and leave a link to your blog in the comments.