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!...
Diana Nyad, 64, just became the first person to swim more than 100 miles from Cuba to Florida without a cage to protect her against sharks. The trip took 53 hours and was her fifth try in 35 years. “I got three messages,” Nyad told reporters. “One is we should never, ever give up. Two is you never are too old to chase your dreams. Three is it looks like a solitary sport, but it’s a team,” she said. Asked if she could be an inspiration to others, she said simply, ”… you tell me what your dreams are. What are you chasing? It’s not impossible. Name it.”
So, that’s the question for today’s prompt: What is the dream you are chasing? What dream do you want to make come true?
I read about a person who sets up a table with a typewriter in Los Angeles with a sign that reads, ”Poem Store. Your Subject Your Price.” And people who pass by can ask her to write a poem about any subject that is on their mind. One woman requested a poem on ”New Beginnings.” A man asked for a poem on ”LongTime Love” to give to his wife. The poet then begins to type and soon pulls a written poem from the typewriter and reads it out loud. For the poem, a customer can pay what he or she wishes and place the money in a tin box that sits in front of the poet’s typewriter. Now it’s your turn: Why don’t you run your own poem store and have a friend or fellow student request a poem from you on a subject that is important to them? See what you can write — it doesn’t have to rhyme, but it should be from your heart.
What if I asked you to write your life story in just six words? Maybe these would be six separate words that describe the highlights of your life. Or, maybe the six words combine to form a simple sentence that conveys the most important belief you have or what makes you different from other people. Or, maybe the six words describe you physically. Try this to see if you can tell us about yourself in only a few words — I know you can do this.
The mythical character Daedalus, who can fly with wings he has made of feathers and wax, sits quietly at the foot of your bed, waiting for you to awaken. He has a special set of wings for you and will show you how to safely fly to any place or realm you desire. He can take you back in time or into the future – or even to some distant star in the galaxy. What places will you soar to? What adventure will befall you?