Weekly Writing Prompt: Trust your journal to help you find your way. Follow the idea that’s pulling at you and see where it takes you. Be open to surprises, dark and light. Write an essay, a memoir piece, a poem, a story–experiment! Here are a couple of prompts to get you unstuck before a blank page; be thrilled if you end up somewhere entirely different and if you find out something you didn’t know you knew.
*Write the dialogue of two people on a train, one going to greet a newborn and one to the memorial for a loved one. Or make up another situation where opposites connect, somehow.
*Write a thank you note for a gift you didn’t like or didn’t suit you. Wrap an intimation of a story or background around it.
A Bit About Who I Am
I grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, graduated from Vanderbilt University in English and French, and earned a Master’s Degree with an emphasis in creative writing at Austin Peay State University. I lived in France, Central Florida, and Italy before at last returning to Nashville to settle. My true vocation and deep pleasure is writing poems, stories, and essays. I love fiddling with words in all sorts of ways, exploring the multitude of variations in the way they work to inform, magically, what life is, in the sun and underneath the leaves.
For Working writers–Check out these terrific resources:
The Porch Collaborative, Nashville. A smorgasbord of excellent workshops. the porch.org
Editor Lisa Bubert’s new website, LB All Things Words at allthingswords.com
My family members listen fondly when I read new pieces, offer frank opinions, and celebrate loudly any successes that come my way. My friends listen patiently to me spinning ideas as I bounce them around. My writing buddies give me new ways to look at my work with their honest and astute criticism. And my students, as has always been the case, teach me constantly and inspire me with their insights, creativity, and talent.