Posts Tagged ‘creative writing prompt’

PROMPTuesday #237: Regretful

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Smashing fears - PROMPTuesday

 

In 2008 I “launched” PROMPTuesday, a series of weekly creative writing prompts designed to stoke the writing fire. The whole idea was to get me – and whoever read my blog – writing without the mind weight of perfection, judgment, or inner criticism.

 

As I wrote back then, my intention was to encourage all current writers, wannabe writers, and writers-for-the-day to respond to the prompt by “free-writing” for 10 minutes, and posting their submission in the below comments section for self-expression, encouragement, or just because why not.

 

And many of us did write, and shared their words here. Some of my favorite prompts remain the ones that got us to dig deep, or just throw a little dirt at the evil internal editor:

 

Like this one.

 

and

 

This one.

 

After several years of continuing to post PROMPTuesdays, I abandoned the prospect a few months ago in favor of going crazy at work and attending to life’s details. BUT, I keenly felt the loss and the existential pounding in my gut brought me back.

And so it is Tuesday and I once again return with a writing prompt.

 

As always, here the rules:

 

  • Respond to this prompt by midnight Tuesday:
    What would be your greatest regret if you didn’t accomplish it before you die?
  • Post your response in the comments section.
  • Write your response in 10 minutes of less – don’t stylize it or agonize over it or overthink it.

 

Like is my norm, maudlin and melancholy marks the prompts. Because I’m pretty sure that’s what drives me to write.

 

I’ll be back tonight with my answer.

 

PROMPTuesday #211: The Rock and the Hard Place

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

 

Today’s PROMPTuesday is simple in pronouncement, but perhaps not in execution:

 

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?

 

Include the link to your answer in the comments or feel free to leave your submission here, also in the comments section.

 

Meanwhile…to bone up on PROMPTuesdays, read a bit about it here.

 

Or, catch up on the PROMPTuesdays archive here.

 

PROMPTuesday #146: Books as Life

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Today? This is your creative writing prompt mission:

 

If you could live within any book for a week, which one would it be?

 

Please post your submission in the comments OR post in your blog and leave a link to your blog in the comments.

 

First time to PROMPTuesday? Read a bit about it here. Want to see what’s been written in the past? Catch up on the PROMPTuesdays archive here.

 

PROMPTuesday #140: Where I Am

Monday, February 7th, 2011

This PROMPT is based on one I wrote in 2008. As I said then:

“I think this started as a meme. I’ve read several outstanding versions of it over the last year, and I thought I’d like to offer it as a PROMPTuesday, so…

 

I am.

 

This week, tell us who you are, what’s inside, where you’re from. Share your memory fragments, those visions in your head, those figments that make you, you. What bits and pieces formed your whole? Are you whole? Tell us.

 

The original meme asked for the basic “I am from” format below, so let’s keep it like that. And if you know the person who created this meme in the first place, tell them thanks for me. I think it’s powerful.

 

Here’s mine:

 

I am from fjords and potatoes.

 

I am from bunny cakes and Lay’s tuna casserole.

 

I am from wood-paneled station wagons and Helen Reddy 8-tracks.

 

I am from running in Wisconsin woods and climbing trees, from rolling in grass with sappy fingers.

 

I am from twilight in cul de sacs and marinas, from Ghosts in the Graveyard, from falling on glass.

 

I am from tended field and strawberry rhubarb picked for pie.

 

I am from airplanes and mountain roads, from asphalt and pine.

 

I am from backyard barbecues, rusty swingsets and August rain.

 

I am from plaid skirts, bowling trophies and wooden rulers.

 

I am from metal pie tins, lefse, and spritz.

 

I am from bawdy women, from rouge smeared by tears.

 

I am from pulling fingers for farts.

 

I am from squeaky bar stools, beer in cans, and Wurlitzer jukeboxes.

 

I am from a canopy bed in green chiffon.

 

I am from Styx’s Paradise Theater and Rick Springfield’s Working Class Dog.

 

I am from Doctor Demento and Svengali. From UHF and antennas.

 

I am from sailboat races, toboggans and haunted houses.

 

I am from onionskin Bibles in gold leaf, corniced Grandfather clocks, and silver dollars saved in shoeboxes, for when it rains.

 

Looking forward to this! Meanwhile, check out the PROMPTuesday archives here.”

 

That was THEN. For TODAY’S PROMPTuesday, I’d like to riff on this idea. Don’t write where you’ve been, write where you are. You can still use the “I am…” format but make it reflective of who you are TODAY.

 

If you would, post your submission in the comments OR post in your blog and leave a link to your blog in the comments.

 

First time to PROMPTuesday? Read a bit about it here. Want to see what’s been written in the past? Catch up on the PROMPTuesdays archive here.