As a writer I know that deep down each of us has stories worth telling. The writing prompts offered here will help you find your own special voice. Read them, let your mind wander freely and listen carefully to the voice within. Then begin writing. Don’t be afraid. Just write what you want to say. Amaze yourself!...

A 1,000-word Sentence

An author has just written a novel that consists of a 426,100-word sentence that stretches over 1,000 pages. (Her novel, written by Lucy Elimann, is titled ”Ducks, Newburyport.”) We’re not asking you to write a 426,100-word book, too. But, instead, how about beginning a book with a 1,000-word sentence? Yes, you can write 1,000 words, whether it’s stream of consciousness of things going on in your mind over the course of the day, or just about any idea that comes to you and which others may want to read and enjoy. Your words can be funny or serious, happy or sad, or all of these; just let the words flow from your heart.

Isn’t it hard to imagine a 1,000-page book consisting of one sentence? But the book was nominated for the Booker Prize, one of the most prestigious book awards in the world.

Writing can be anything you want it to be. Don’t be afraid!

How Do You Want to Develop in the New School Year?

The new school year is always a new beginning. Forget about how things were the previous year — now you have a fresh slate to resume your educational career. So, what would you like to accomplish this new year? What would you like to learn most? Which skill of yours do you hope to strengthen? What major accomplishment do you want to achieve? How do you want to develop as a human being? Write about your hopes for the new year to help you keep track of your progress over the next 10 months to get to where you want to be.

Good luck with all that you hope to achieve!

What Are Your Life Goals?

It is important to have a vision for your future. Having one helps give you focus on what you wish to achieve in life and helps you figure out what kind of life you want to have. As we get older we tend to look back to our earlier selves and remember what our hopes and dreams were.

So, take some time to write down your own life goals, print out what you write if possible or store safely in a digital file you can access. Take a look at your list each year to see how far along you are in achieving what you set out to do, and it’s okay to change your goals or modify your vision to reflect what you are learning in life. It is likely your goals will change as you move through life, but at some point, you will want to look back and see what you have accomplished with your precious life. The important thing is to have no regrets.

Now, take some time to reflect on where you want to go — it’s a good exercise because doing so will make you more self-aware and give direction to your life.

What Jolted You and Changed You?

What jolted you and changed your life? Often in life, something hits us like a bolt — it may be loving someone or losing someone, it may be a change in our health, a disappointment, a happy moment — or just something else we never anticipated. And, boom, we begin to change, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse.

What life event changed you? How did it do so?

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