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:
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.