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!...

Do You Have A Safe Haven?

Everyone needs a safe place, or safe haven, they can go to when they need to catch their breath and find a few moments refuge from the stresses that come from outside or within. For me, such a place has always been the public library which I would retreat to as a boy to get away from the turmoil of an unhappy home. I was always happiest among the book shelves. Other times my safe haven has been my kitchen table where I write my books or read my beloved books. Sometimes, it is a quiet corner in a museum.
Share with us: Where do you find your safe havens — what places or people do you retreat to in search of peace and safety?

Writing About Hope, Eternal Hope

When I read that the ivory-billed woodpecker, once thought to be extinct, had been seen in Arkansas, I thought of the words in a beautiful poem by American poet Emily Dickinson in which she wrote:”Hope is the thing with feathers. — that perches in the soul…”
Share with us: How does ”hope” look to you? What are the things that give you hope? What are some of your own hopes?
Write about them and remember what you write so you won’t ever forget hope, no matter what life brings to you.

Please Send Us Your Thoughts for A New Book

Dear readers,
I am now working on a book of comfort, to help people as they age, as they deal with different health and life issues, and to encourage them to find as much joy as possible in their precious lives.
If I were to hand you such a book of comfort and hope, what kinds of things would you like to find in it? Good thoughts? Prayers? Nuggets of Hope? Humor? Writing prompts to elicit happy memories? Something more? What do you need? Perhaps you can ask this question, too, of elders in your own life, such as your parents or grandparents — they may have some reach ideas about what they need which you can share with me.
I would welcome your ideas which would be helpful to me as I work on this important project. You can send your ideas to or to this page.
In the past I have written other books of hope, such as LifeLines: A Book of Hope and MakeBeliefs: A Gift for Your Imagination, both of which can be found at

But I am older now than when I wrote these, and I am seeking to do something richer to go with wise aging. I truly welcome your thoughts. Please write.
Bill Zimmerman

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