Writing Prompts

First Job

First Job

Back when I was old enough to get a job, my dad’s friend, Lenny, offered to give me a summer position. Mr. Belair – that was what I had to call him – owned a business and he needed an office girl to…

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Winter Fun

Winter Fun

What was winter like for you as a child? What thrilling adventures do you recall? Maybe you grew up in an area where winter meant snow and fun: skiing, sledding, snowball fights, making snow angels, building a snowman, and ice skating.

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Still Dreaming

Still Dreaming

Recently, I heard Rodger Kamenetz, author of The History of Last Night’s Dream: Discovering the Hidden Path to the Soul, speak about the films that run unedited each night while we sleep.  Kamenetz said dreams are not stories, so we shouldn’t try to make sense of these nightly visitors. Instead, he urged listeners to pay attention to the images and feelings we have in response to…

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Is There a Mulligan for That?

Is There a Mulligan for That?

While the origin of the term is unclear, a  mulligan  is generally understood as a second chance to act after something went wrong the first time. Its best-known meaning is in a casual golf game that allows for an extra stroke after a poor shot, which is not counted on the scorecard. It’s a do-over. 

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A Life-Changing Letter

A Life-Changing Letter

This Week's Writing Prompt What was the best or worst letter you ever received or wrote? Describe the situation surrounding that letter and why it was so important.   Was this a pleasant or painful letter? Why so? Who penned this correspondence? Who was it addressed to?  What were the circumstances in which the letter was written?  How did this experience…

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The Sweetest Bond

The Sweetest Bond

This Week's Writing Prompt Many people have close relationships with their pets. They treat their dogs, cats, birds, snakes, hamsters, lizards, pigs, or other animals as members of the family. Also, the bonds formed between animals and humans have long been sources of emotional health, accounting for the rise in therapy and emotional support animals in recent years. Not only do…

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Time-tested Wisdom

Time-tested Wisdom

You’ve traveled through time and encounter a younger version of yourself. Choose one of the following approximate ages: seven, fifteen, twenty-three, or thirty-one. Given the opportunity, what life lesson would you share with yourself?

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