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!...

What Past Moments Would You Like to Relive?

In his short story, ”The Relive Box,” author T. Coraghessan Boyle writes about a machine that allows people to relive past moments in their lives that they want to return to, such as a time when they fell in love with someone or when they were very young and wanted to be with their parents.  If you had such a relive box in your home, what moments would you like to return to?

What Message Do You Want Your T-shirt to Flash?

You invent a new ”interactive” T-shirt to wear that can become your personal electronic billboard.  The shirt can be programmed to flash your personal message to the world.  The message can change whenever you wish to reflect your different moods and feelings.  On a typical day, as you do different things and visit different places, what are some of the messages your shirt would convey?

How Would You Change the World?

You alone have the power to change the world and make it perfect, the way you always wanted it to be.  You can change people or create new forms of life.  You can make the world reflect your own sense of beauty, your own values and beliefs.  What kind of brave new world would emerge?

How do you want to live your precious life?

In her poem, ‘’The Summer Day,’’ Mary Oliver writes about making time to look at all the beauty of the world, even to kneel in the grass to look at insects, or to walk through the fields and enjoy the day without hurrying.  Life is very short – ‘’Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?’’ she asks (read her poem at:  http://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/133.html).

And then she ends her poem with two amazing lines to form the question:

‘’Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?’’

So, dear writer, tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?  What do want to accomplish in your lifetime?  What things do you want to do before you die?  What things do you want to see before you leave this life?  Which person do you want to love?  What do you want to taste before you die? What do you want to achieve?

 

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