My Tragic Gap Statement

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A tragic gap statement is a written statement you make that describes what you want and why you don’t have it. This was developed by author Sandra Marinella and I read about in her book The Story You Need to Tell. The format of the tragic gap statement goes like this: I want to XYZ […]

That Special Morning

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WRITING PROMPT: Recall a special morning and give us the details. Specific special mornings are hard to pinpoint for me because I luxuriate in mornings, generally speaking.  The morning I had my first day of first grade was special, nerve-wracking, sweaty palmed and fretful.  The morning I started 3rd grade at a brand new school […]

I Have this Hunch that…

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WRITING PROMPT: What do hunches feel like? How do you know which ones to follow? I wonder about hunches.  Are they divine guidance from on high Or a physiological response in our gut from our unusual lunches?  Or pangs from muscle spasms from having done too many crunches?  Hunches feel like a subtle sensation of […]

What I’d Say At My Own Funeral

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WRITING PROMPT: Write a eulogy for yourself, being as honest as you can. What do you have to say for yourself? If Brian were here right now he’d make light of this tragedy. He’d tell you all it’s okay to grieve but to get back to living as soon as possible because he’s gone and […]

How Is The Emergence of Spring Like Your Deepest Desires?

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The emergence of spring is about blossoming and my deepest desire is to come into full bloom. To flourish and then to nourish  The emergence of spring is about warmth and growth and expansion and my deepest desire is to be held warmly, to grow continuously and to expand infinitely Expand into what exactly? Well, […]

Buster’s Broken Umbrella

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WRITING PROMPT: Write a scene where a character confronts one of your worst fears. THE FEAR: I chose the fear of not amounting to anything. The rain wouldn’t stop pouring down that day. Buster, a 37 year old bus driver just finished his route and was walking home. The umbrella caved under the weight of […]

This Might Surprise You But…

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WRITING PROMPT: Write about something in your life that might surprise people. How do I know what’s going to surprise anybody else?  I was surprised to learn, at age 10, that Santa Claus wasn’t real, and neither was indestructible parental trust.  I was surprised to learn that evolution and gravity and germs are still just […]

I’m the Main Character and I’m Comfortable with that.

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WRITING PROMPT: Write about a moment the main character feels awkward, out of place or uncomfortable. You are the main character of your life. And I am the main character of mine. Even if you are a wounded people pleasing kiss ass like me who feels very comfortable in the sidekick role you are the […]

A Peek Into the Future

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I facilitate a writer’s group with the Stratford Arts Alliance that meets every second Saturday of the month. In April one of the prompts was to “imagine what it would be like if you could peek into the future.” My ramblings are below: I don’t want to look, I’m afraid of what’s out there  In […]